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Mon, 3 Sep 2007, 02:52 PM

Top Alcohol Funny Car Round 3 Eliminations
By David Gerard





CLERMONT, Ind. - Results of round 3 eliminations in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 53rd annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    1 Frank Manzo                             2 Jay Payne                    
E3   ****WINNER****  0.036  5.705 259.31                     0.025  5.779 252.61
 Prior rounds:
E2    (M Nothstein ) 0.050  5.633 260.41      (S Harker    ) 0.028  5.648 257.68
E1    (V Moats     ) 0.112  5.551 262.33      (M Ferro     ) 0.078  5.659 258.52
 Qualified:             #1  5.498 264.34                        #5  5.595 259.96
2:39 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 86 degrees, relative humidity 35 percent, barometer 29.20 inches, adjusted altitude 2,820 feet, track temperature 119 degrees.

You know this would happen. The points leaders meet in the late round at Indy. Neither one can claim points, but can block.

Payne gets away first and drives 1500 feet in getting to the finish line. That costs some ET and Manzo wasn't waiting around.

2:41 p.m. Looks like some stuff in Manzo's lane at the top end of the track.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 1777 Bob Tasca III                         237 Von Smith                    
E3   ****WINNER****  0.050  5.646 257.87                    -0.039  5.591 258.71
 Prior rounds:
E2    (B Newberry  ) 0.049  5.604 258.81      (F Hagen     ) 0.040  5.644 256.36
E1    (M Snyder    ) 0.066  5.615 258.96      (A Bohl      ) 0.035  5.602 256.16
 Qualified:             #2  5.547 261.47                        #3  5.556 259.26
Smith goes red by 0.039 and gives up the better numbers. Tasca makes a clean and straight pass. He takes lane choice in the finals too.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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