NHRA Competition Eliminator Race Recap: NHRA Four-Wide Nationals
CONCORD, N.C. (May 1, 2017) – Fourteen of the top Competition Eliminator racers battled it out this weekend at the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals. The event held at zMAX DRAGWAY was the fourth national event race for the class in 2017. In the first round, Van Puckett launched with a big holeshot over Patrick Ross but had problems down track and was forced to let off the throttle giving the win to Ross. Joe Carnasciale was victorious in his round after Anthony Mangrum went .033-seconds red. Other winners in the first round were David Rampy, Jim Kimbrough, Bruno Massel, Frank Aragona, and Anthony Bertozzi. Second round, Bruno Massel had a bye and took the tree and backed off the starting line to prepare for the next round. Ross defeated Gatornationals winner David Rampy when Rampy turned on the red light by .010-seconds. Other winners in second round were Frank Aragona and Anthony Bertozzi. In the third round, Ross was victorious again when he overcame the starting line advantage held by Aragona and ran 7.778 on his E/A Index. Bruno Massel was .023-seconds on the tree while running a 7.709 on his DD/AT index to take out Anthony Bertozzi. In the final round, Patrick Ross’ .019-second reaction time gave him a sizeable starting line advantage over Massel’s .042. The track blistered 112 degrees and while Ross ran a 7.749, 174.68, he was not able to hold off Massel’s 7.024, 179.35. The NHRA Four-Wide Nationals is Bruno Massel’s 12th national event win and his 11th in Competition Eliminator. The next national event for Competition Eliminator will be at the NHRA Summernationals in Englishtown, New Jersey on June 8-11, 2017.