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Sat, 22 Sep 2007, 07:18 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, 22nd annual O'Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  484 Kebin Kinsley                           5 Cy Chesterman                
E1                   0.081  5.765 238.60     ****WINNER****  0.028  5.643 257.19
 Qualified:             #9  5.703 253.47                        #8  5.698 256.60
Weather conditions: air temperature 86 degrees, relative humidity 45 percent, barometer 29.34 inches, adjusted altitude 2,746 feet, track temperature 118 degrees.

Chesterman with a great light and his quickest pass of the weekend for the win light.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   75 Dennis Taylor                           9 Roger Bateman                
E1                   0.101  6.046 183.42     ****WINNER****  0.069  5.758 251.67
 Qualified:             #7  5.691 254.86                       #10  5.714 252.57
Bateman with good pass to advance to the next round as Taylor bang the blower around 900 feet and sent the burst relief panel fling high into the air.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  799 Sean Bellemeur                        596 Paul Anderson                
E1   ****WINNER****  0.037  5.684 254.76                     0.069  5.842 208.01
 Qualified:            #11  5.737 251.25                        #6  5.676 253.37
Bellemeur, the Division Seven Top Alcohol Funny Car champion, with a great light and his quickest pass of the weekend for the win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  418 Lee Callaway                           41 Jimmy Jones                  
E1   ****WINNER****  0.086  5.694 253.04                     0.113  5.672 253.71
 Qualified:            #12  5.740 251.39                        #5  5.649 255.34
Callaway with the starting line advantage and then Jones has the lead at 330 feet until 1000 feet when Callaway drove back around him for the hole shot win. Lee Callaway's MOV: 0.0055 seconds (approximately 2 feet).

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    6 Mick Snyder                             4 Bob Newberry                 
E1                   0.171  5.680 248.66     ****WINNER****  0.046  5.650 256.94
 Qualified:            #13  5.741 246.53                        #4  5.644 255.82
Newberry with a big starting line advantage and the win. Newberry will have lane choice over Callaway in the next round.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   62 Clint Thompson                          7 Steve Harker                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.069  5.701 254.33                    -0.235  5.898 248.16
 Qualified:            #14  5.753 252.76                        #3  5.641 256.26
Harker was way too early and Thompson with the freebie. Thompson with his quickest pass off the weekend. He will give up lane choice to Bellemeur.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 7976 Keeter Ray                            237 Von Smith                    
E1                   0.084  5.769 252.28     ****WINNER****  0.069  5.651 255.73
 Qualified:            #15  5.764 252.47                        #2  5.634 254.90
Smith with the starting line advantage and never looked back for the win light. He will have lane choice over Bateman in the next round.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   54 Vern Moats                              2 Jay Payne                    
E1   ****WINNER****  0.229  6.839 151.85                           No Time      
 Qualified:            #16  5.769 250.32                        #1  5.629 250.88
Payne couldn't get the car to fire and Moats gets the freebie. He will give up lane choice to Chesterman in the next round.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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