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Sat, 8 Oct 2005, 06:43 PM

Top Alcohol Funny Car Round 1 Eliminations
By Rick Green





ENNIS, Texas - Results of round 1 eliminations in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 20th annual O'Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    2 Jay Payne                             766 Jason Rupert                 
E1                   0.253  5.682 251.63     ****WINNER****  0.053  5.746 240.34
 Qualified:             #2  5.655 254.09                       #17  6.356 177.77
Rupert is in for Johnson and has a big starting line advantage and the power to hold on for a hole shot win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   48 Eddie McDow                            56 Bernie Harrington            
E1                         No Time           ****WINNER****  0.441  5.780 248.71
 Qualified:            #13  5.961 235.43                        #4  5.738 249.44
McDow's car started creeping and he rolled the light, turning on the red and giving Harrington the freebie.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  806 Steve Harker                           43 Steve Gasparrelli            
E1                   0.129  5.669 255.73     ****WINNER****  0.041  5.728 255.77
 Qualified:             #1  5.630 256.16                       #16  6.320 242.36
Gasparrelli with the big starting line advantage and the power to hold on for the hole shot victory and put the number one qualifier on the trailer. Gasparrelli with his quickest pass of the weekend. Steve Gasparrelli's MOV: 0.0292 seconds (approximately 11 feet).

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  455 Jimmy Jones                           497 Brandon Lewis                
E1   ****WINNER****  0.151  5.625 256.06                     0.075  5.717 253.75
 Qualified:            #14  5.976 250.23                        #3  5.719 250.97
Lewis did his job on the starting line, but Jones was able to chase him down by half track and drive away with the win by about six feet.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  425 Will Hanna                            433 Richard McClain              
E1                   0.003 21.397  26.12     ****WINNER****  0.054  5.971 208.59
 Qualified:            #11  5.864 241.37                        #6  5.759 244.83
Hanna was having problems getting back from the burnout and McClain waits patiently for him. When the light turns green Hanna's car does a huge wheelstand, and then slams back down to the earth. McCain with problems, but will take the win light. Mcclain will give up lane choice to Jones in the next round.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   41 Jackie Stidham                        550 Shawn Jones                  
E1   ****WINNER****  0.081  5.900 196.64                     0.072 14.454  48.71
 Qualified:             #8  5.828 248.11                        #9  5.830 245.76
Jones with a lot of tire shake and shut it off. Stidham bang the blower around 700 feet and sent the relief burst panel flying high into the air. Stidham will give up lane choice to Gasparrelli.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   53 Vern Moats                            405 Jon Johnson                  
E1                   0.191  5.740 245.05     ****WINNER****  0.054  5.802 252.99
 Qualified:             #7  5.821 251.77                       #10  5.841 244.43
Johnson with a big starting line advantage and the power to hold on for the hole shot win. Jon Johnson's incremental margins: 60ft(0.137), 330 ft(0.064), 660ft(0.055), 1,000ft(0.063). MOV: 0.0756 seconds (approximately 27 feet). Johnson will give up lane choice to Rupert in the next round.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  484 Kebin Kinsley                           4 Dennis Taylor                
E1   ****WINNER****  0.138  5.740 251.72                     0.076  8.462 105.24
 Qualified:             #5  5.743 250.55                       #12  5.945 245.72
Taylor with tire shake and tried to drive through it and got out of the groove and real loose before he had to lift. Kinsley with his best pass of the weekend and will have lane choice over Harrington in the next round.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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