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Sun, 4 Sep 2005, 08:23 PM

Top Alcohol Funny Car Round 1 Eliminations
By Dave Rowe





CLERMONT, Ind. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 51st annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  806 Steve Harker                           56 Bernie Harrington            
E1                   0.102  5.994 245.27     ****WINNER****  0.036  5.798 246.98
 Qualified:             #8  5.700 249.63                        #9  5.728 247.57
6:51 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 73 degrees, relative humidity 40 percent, barometer 29.50 inches, adjusted altitude 1,650 feet, track temperature 98 degrees.

Harrington gets out of the groove, pedals once, then pulls away for the win. No apparent problems with Harker's run.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    7 Mick Snyder                            10 Paul Lee                     
E1   ****WINNER****  0.081  5.690 252.85                     0.075 10.560  79.35
 Qualified:             #7  5.692 254.04                       #10  5.733 252.95
Lee rattles the tires of the line, gets about 200 feet out, then gives up on the run. Snyder goes right the groove and makes his quickest pass of the weekend.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  302 John Bojec                            365 Bobby Martin                 
E1                   0.061  5.790 247.20     ****WINNER****  0.093  5.703 252.28
 Qualified:             #6  5.666 250.92                       #11  5.737 251.25
Bojec gets out of the groove, drifts close to the wall, but never backs off the throttle. Martin makes his quickest run of the weekend for the win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    5 Bob Newberry                          756 Don Hudson                   
E1                   0.103 No Time           ****WINNER****  0.039  5.698 255.19
 Qualified:             #5  5.661 254.23                       #12  5.749 249.44
Newberry is the defending champ here....but he won't repeat. Hudson gets a big hole-shot, and starts pulling away. Newberry gets out of the groove early, drifts toward the center-line, then takes out the half-track ET cone. Hudson continues on , running a career best ET and speed.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    3 Frank Manzo                            33 Danny Townsend               
E1   ****WINNER****  0.057  5.636 257.73                     0.078  5.721 253.85
 Qualified:             #4  5.642 258.47                       #13  5.754 252.00
Manzo gets the hole-shot and starts pulling away. Townsend gets out of the groove, drifts toward the right, then stays close to the wall all the way through the run. Manzo will have lane choice over Hudson in round two.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   62 John Weaver                            49 Mike Bell                    
E1   ****WINNER****  0.089  5.633 252.99                     0.071  5.746 250.60
 Qualified:             #3  5.640 252.90                       #14  5.765 250.55
Bell gets the hole-shot, but Weaver pulls even at the sixty-foot mark. Weaver starts pulling away at that point and continues to extend his lead at every incremental. Weaver will have lane choice over Martin in round two.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   53 Vern Moats                            305 Jeff Burnett                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.168  5.701 252.05                     0.138  6.037 228.42
 Qualified:             #2  5.600 255.92                       #15  5.799 247.07
Burnett shakes the tires right off the line. He pedals, the front end hikes up in the air, he pedals again, then finally gets the slicks to grab. Moats drives around Burnett before they reached the sixty-foot mark, then pulled away to take the win. Snyder will have lane choice over Moats in round two.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    2 Jay Payne                             497 Brandon Lewis                
E1   ****WINNER****  0.091  5.654 257.19                     0.057  6.129 188.81
 Qualified:             #1  5.595 257.24                       #16  5.804 249.86
Lewis gets the hole-shot, then drifts out of the groove. He pedals once, then Payne drives around him just past the sixty-foot mark. Payne goes right down the groove to take the win and get lane choice over Harrington in round two.

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