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Sun, 18 Sep 2005, 02:27 PM

Top Alcohol Funny Car Round 3 Eliminations
By Jim Samuel





MOHNTON, Pa. - Results of round 3 eliminations in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 21st annual Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    3 Frank Manzo                           135 Billy Gibson                 
E3   ****WINNER****  0.074  5.577 258.86                     0.065  5.906 247.52
 Prior rounds:
E2    (S Harker    ) 0.044  5.680 256.45      (B Martin    ) 0.008  5.662 253.99
E1    (D Beers     ) 0.069  5.636 256.36      (E Lourie    ) 0.058  5.742 252.52
 Qualified:             #2  5.651 255.73                        #3  5.682 252.71
2:19 p.m. - Weather conditions: air temperature 80 degrees, relative humidity 38 percent, barometer 29.93 inches, adjusted altitude 1,627 feet, track temperature 108 degrees.

Gibson got off the starting line first but chattered the tires for the first 330 feet. Manzo had the quickest TAFC run of the weekend so far to take the win and get a trip to the final round.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 1224 David Ray                               5 Bob Newberry                 
E3                         No Time           ****WINNER****  0.130  5.619 256.65
 Prior rounds:
E2    (J Burnett   ) 0.115  5.653 251.81      (M Billington) 0.084  5.622 255.48
E1    (R Stickler  ) 0.100  5.659 253.90      (R Zavarella ) 0.127  5.677 254.81
 Qualified:             #4  5.718 252.52                        #1  5.644 254.95
Ray's car broke in his second-round win over Burnett and he did not answer the call. That gave Newberry a competition single into a final round matchup against Manzo. Newberry made a nice pass but was not quick enough to earn lane choice in the final round.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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