Rockingham Mark McElwee Report

McElwee Continues To Impress, Loses To Breakage In Semis ROCKINGHAM, NC.-- Okay, the secret is no longer a secret. The Super Eliminator contingent now know who Mark McElwee is. What gave it away? Well, a good place to start would be the top ...

McElwee Continues To Impress, Loses To Breakage In Semis

ROCKINGHAM, NC.-- Okay, the secret is no longer a secret. The Super Eliminator contingent now know who Mark McElwee is. What gave it away? Well, a good place to start would be the top qualifying position at the conclusion of Super Eliminator qualifying during the CARQUEST Autumn Nationals in Rockingham, NC. A semi-final finish didn't do much to cover up, either.

File this in the making a good first impression department. McElwee came out during the first qualifying session and hammered out a 6.164/218.55, good enough for the early pole position. He sat out the second session and still retained the spot.

The third session for the Port St. Lucie, Fl.,-based, driver opened with an interesting scenario. A new set of Goodyear slicks were on the car for this lap. However, a lengthy burnout proved to a costly affair as the right rear slick went flat. The final round provided an excellent scenario for the family-operated team as they came out loaded for bear. As the light flashed green, the front wheels went airborne and McElwee drifted dangerously close to the concrete barrier. He aborted the run and was still able to retain the top qualifying spot. He was scheduled to meet Tori Cagle in the first round.

McElwee continued his torrid pace in the first round as he hammered out a 6.184/217.60 that was overkill against Cagle's 6.83.

He had the bye run, but chose to run for lane choice and shot himself in the foot with an engine-expiring 6.772/140.71.

McElwee could only watch in the semis as opponent Larry Snyder soloed for a berth into the final round. McElwee was unable to bring his car to the line.

McElwee and his Powershield High Performance Coatings Team plans to resume their championship conquest at the IHRA EXPRESS Auto Parts.Com Nationals in Budds Creek, Md., Oct 1-3. McElwee, along with each Super Eliminator contestant, will be afforded four qualifying runs during the course of the event and the quickest sixteen entries will compete in final eliminations on Sunday. This event will be televised on ESPN2 with the dates TBA in an upcoming issue of Drag Review.

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