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Sun, 1 Oct 2006, 12:57 PM

Top Alcohol Funny Car Round 2 Eliminations
By Jim Samuel





MOHNTON, Pa. - Results of round 2 eliminations in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 22nd annual Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    2 Frank Manzo                            37 Bobby Martin                 
E2   ****WINNER****  0.060  5.547 258.37                     0.055 10.607  79.89
 Prior rounds:
E1    (J McCulloch ) 0.079  5.550 258.67      (B Mullins   ) 0.084  6.060 233.12
 Qualified:             #1  5.564 258.27                        #8  5.791 239.19
12:39 p.m. - Weather conditions: air temperature 61 degrees, relative humidity 66 percent, barometer 29.65 inches, adjusted altitude 656 feet, track temperature 84 degrees.

Martin chattered the tires for 200 feet and shut it down. Manzo had a strong run for the win and his lowest ET of the weekend so far.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 1777 Bob Tasca III                         155 Duane Beers                  
E2   ****WINNER****  0.082  5.599 255.63                     0.070 No Time      
 Prior rounds:
E1    (C Brown     ) 0.090  5.679 255.05      (M Ferro     ) 0.074  5.887 244.52
 Qualified:             #2  5.621 256.99                       #10  5.801 239.61
Tasca had his career best ET on a nice looking run. In the other lane, Beers launched and his car appeared to break. All the could do was coast to mid track before the car stopped.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  111 Frank Schuster                          1 Bob Newberry                 
E2   ****WINNER****  0.031  6.576 225.00                     0.059 19.806  41.13
 Prior rounds:
E1    (D Cox Jr    ) 0.056  5.787 248.02      (B Peterson J) 0.124  5.819 252.76
 Qualified:            #12  5.813 250.46                        #4  5.676 253.66
Newberry launched and started shaking the tires right away. He tried to pedal it because Schuster's car shook the tires too. Schuster pedaled his car, a part came off and hit the foam block at 330 feet. Schuster was able to get his car straightened out to take the win. He'll face Manzo in the next round but will not have lane choice.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  308 Marc White                            125 Eric Lourie                  
E2   ****WINNER****  0.063  5.753 252.47                     0.099  5.781 244.69
 Prior rounds:
E1    (D Ray       ) 0.761  7.940 118.06      (P Gill      ) 0.128  9.900 116.94
 Qualified:            #14  6.039 236.05                       #11  5.804 245.76
White had some tire shake at 100 feet but drove through it. Lourie had his best run of the weekend but it was not enough to get the win. White gave up lane choice to Tasca in the next round.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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