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Mon, 1 Sep 2008, 12:42 PM

Top Alcohol Funny Car Round 2 Eliminations
By Darryl Jackman





CLERMONT, Ind. - Results of round 2 eliminations in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 54th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   53 Roger Bateman                           6 Mickey Ferro                 
E2   ****WINNER****  0.058  5.591 256.16                     0.037  5.625 258.57
 Prior rounds:
E1    (M Nothstein ) 0.046  5.604 256.21      (J Payne     ) 0.055  5.649 257.04
 Qualified:             #5  5.586 256.31                        #4  5.579 258.32
12:30 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 85 degrees, relative humidity 34 percent, barometer 29.22 inches, adjusted altitude 3,137 feet, track temperature 116 degrees.

Ferro was away first but Bateman caught him before 60ft.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 3371 Fred Hagen                              8 Von Smith                    
E2                   0.117  5.639 257.83     ****WINNER****  0.075  5.606 256.75
 Prior rounds:
E1    (J Wilson    ) 0.109  5.595 258.91      (A Bohl      ) 0.051  5.610 255.97
 Qualified:             #2  5.566 259.36                        #7  5.595 256.84
Hagan was second at the green and just couldn't catch a streaking Bateman.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   32 Mick Snyder                             5 Steve Harker                 
E2                   0.100  5.569 258.22     ****WINNER****  0.002  5.610 258.96
 Prior rounds:
E1    (S Burck     ) 0.111  5.585 256.70      (P Anderson  ) 0.056  5.733 256.06
 Qualified:             #6  5.588 255.34                        #3  5.575 257.43
Harker closed his eyes and let the clutch out! .002 just doesn't happen a lot in these cars. Snyder is in the box even though he was .05 quicker. Harker loses choice to Smith by .004.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    1 Frank Manzo                           551 Vern Moats                   
E2   ****WINNER****  0.062  5.547 261.42                     0.156 11.228  66.51
 Prior rounds:
E1    (S Bellemeur ) 0.023  5.594 261.37      (B Martin    ) 0.144  5.798 246.71
 Qualified:             #1  5.564 263.05                        #9  5.610 255.43
Manzo whacked the pedal several times to free a sticky throttle. It works and he's one round closer to that record setting 10th Indy win. Moats shook hard and Manzo took an easy one. He faces Bateman in the semis with lane choice...how not?

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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