When fourth round opponents William Brewer of St. Pauls, NC, and Jessica Dean of Monroe got to the finish line Saturday, May 24, the electronic timing system printed WIN beside both competitors on the tower computer printout.
Brewer had a .009 reaction time and his 1988 Ford Mustang covered the eighth mile in 6.222 seconds against a 6.210 target. Dean had a perfect light at .000 and her dragster ran 4.841 on a 4.820 dial-in. The two “packages” were identical and just .021 shy of perfection.
But the race was even closer than that. The scoreboards only show times in thousandths of a second, but the computer that runs the Compulink system, the gold standard of timing equipment, carries times out to 10 digits. Even with that level of precision, it still could not determine a winner, resulting in a dead heat.
Compulink system creator Bob Brockmeyer confirmed that it is only the third such dead heat result in the 30-year history of Compulink. Nine digits out is a nano-second, that is one-billionth (1/1,000,000,000th) of a second!
Both drivers advanced to round five in Top ET, but, unfortunately, neither survived to the semifinals.
To see who won at the Ironman Classic go to etdragracing.com.