|W||9||L||Brian THIEL||Monte Carlo||0.018||4.613||4.613|
Brian Thiel advances to his fourth quarterfinal this season after beating Jeff Arend, the man who defeated Thiel in his last successful qualification three events past.The loser was very slow at the start of this race and wheelspin added to his woes.
|W||7||R||Mike SMITH||Monte Carlo||0.105||4.768||279.0|
An exciting race that flowed back and forth between the two resulted in the closest finish anyone will see this season. Mike Smith won out in the first meeting between the two drivers, and only his third victory all year, by getting away well at the beginning and recovering from a Force-Hood comeback midway down the track.
|W||11||L||Bob TASCA III||Mustang||0.029||4.372||282.0|
A Mopar Mile-High semifinalist in the last round, Mike Neff lost to Bob Tasca III to go 0-3 against three-time finalist after his blower belt comes clean off at the very end of the race. Tasca III looked good for the win in any case.
The seventh race between these two gives Matt Hagan a 4-3 advantage in 2009, five of the contests coming in the first round of events. Ron Capps found himself behind from the start and there was just no way back.
Del Worsham is Tony Pedregon's biggest nemesis this season, beating him three times in first round match-ups and losing only once in the Spring Nationals semifinals. It was almost a 2-2 season record when Worsham was forced to correct some late wheelspin.
|W||2||R||John SMITH||Monte Carlo||0.099||4.370||297.5|
|L||15||L||Cruz PEDREGON||Solara||RED||No Time||N/A|
His first ever qualification was good by itself, but his first race would have beaten five of the other winners here at Kent, but he had very little to worry about from Cruz Pedregon as he red lighted.
A simple enough victory for the three-times defeated finalist Tim Wilkerson with Robert Hight falling at the first hurdle for the eighth time in his twelve qualifications.
This first time battle was closer than predicted as the gap was rapidly shrinking before Daniel Wilkerson ran out of track to complete his comeback. Bob Gilbertson takes his twenty-fifth win in '09.
Second Elimination Round Schedule (Asterisk indicates fastest driver in previous round and gets the lane choice)
(1)* Del Worsham vs Brian Thiel (9)
(2)* John Smith vs Mike Smith (7)
(3) Bob Gilbertson vs Bob Tasca III (11)*
(4)* Tim WIlkerson vs Matt Hagan (5)