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Sun, 14 Sep 2008, 01:52 PM

Top Alcohol Funny Car Round 2 Eliminations
By Jason Murray





CONCORD, N.C. - Results of round 2 eliminations in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, Inaugural NHRA Carolinas Nationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   32 Mick Snyder                            25 Mark Billington              
E2   ****WINNER****  0.039  5.637 255.63                     0.128  5.817 249.26
 Prior rounds:
E1    (M Rogers    ) 0.058  6.159 236.17      (P Gill      ) 0.022  5.780 249.90
 Qualified:             #2  5.614 256.50                        #7  5.743 253.04
Weather conditions: air temperature 88 degrees, relative humidity 52 percent, barometer 29.24 inches, adjusted altitude 3,606 feet, track temperature 121 degrees.

Billington had lane choice coming into this round from his run last night. Snyder leaves first and never looks back in this round. Snyder makes a really good run to move into the semi-finals.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    5 Steve Harker                          326 Brian Harvanek               
E2   ****WINNER****  0.051  5.584 258.07                     0.101  5.789 252.05
 Prior rounds:
E1    (D Cox       ) 0.039  5.717 220.22      (F Tigges    ) 0.032  5.822 249.86
 Qualified:             #4  5.631 257.14                       #12  5.825 230.41
Harker is facing his 50th different driver. Harker makes it look easy, leaves first and never trails and runs huge number for his round win.

Steve Harker's incremental times: 60ft-0.950 sec., 330ft-2.480, 660ft-3.685/205.35mph, 1,000ft-4.713


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  308 Marc White                           2777 Nick Bastiao                 
E2   ****WINNER****  0.058  5.638 257.38                     0.052  5.675 256.21
 Prior rounds:
E1    (M Nothstein ) 0.069  5.636 257.58      (J Bojec     ) 0.055  5.678 255.63
 Qualified:             #3  5.629 256.55                        #6  5.719 255.73
White had lane choice in this meeting and was higher qualified in the field. Bastiao takes just a little edge off the line, but it didn't last long as White's horsepower was too much and White is able to drive around him by 200ft. White will give up lane choice by .001 to Synder in the next round. Marc White's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.007), 330 ft(0.003), 660ft(0.018), 1,000ft(0.029). MOV: 0.0317 seconds (approximately 12 feet).

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    1 Frank Manzo                          1117 John Anderika                
E2   ****WINNER****  0.031  5.594 260.51                     0.035  5.717 250.13
 Prior rounds:
E1    (B Naves     ) 0.123  5.610 260.36      (L Sgro      ) 0.038  5.787 247.52
 Qualified:             #1  5.588 259.86                        #8  5.750 228.27
This the 191st driver that Manzo has faced in his career. Manzo gets out of the gate first and he never looks back. Manzo makes a great run, but he won't have lane choice over Harker in the next round, which will be a huge match-up.

Frank Manzo's incremental times: 60ft-0.969 sec., 330ft-2.508, 660ft-3.708/208.04mph, 1,000ft-4.731

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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