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Eric Clark and Jim Brinkerhoff weren't able to return, and the alternates, Mel Jackson and Steve Wiley, were similarly unable to take the field, allowing Doug Riesterer and Terry Harrington back. But due the pairing ladder, they had to face each other in first round.
David Baldwin cut a .073 light and ran firstname.lastname@example.org to defeat a napping Tim Cruce, whose .203 RT and email@example.com were far too little and far too late. Doug Riesterer used a firstname.lastname@example.org run, a full .93 seconds better than he qualified, to overcome Terry Harrington's .029 light and email@example.com run. That was 6.146 seconds better than he originally qualified. Chuck Poindexter cut down the tree with a .018 light paired with a firstname.lastname@example.org run to defeat Randall Reid's coasting email@example.com run.
Gaylen Smith cut a .056 light in the HelAir ‘57 and ran a firstname.lastname@example.org to defeat Jay Ligon's ‘34 Chevy slowing 5.476 @ 86.81.