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Sun, 21 Sep 2008, 02:18 PM

Top Alcohol Funny Car Round 2 Eliminations
By Dave Rowe





ENNIS, Texas - Results of round 2 eliminations in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 23rd annual O'Reilly Super Start Batteries NHRA Fall Nationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    8 Von Smith                               7 Brian Hough                  
E2   ****WINNER****  0.069  5.652 245.14                     0.089  5.753 250.92
 Prior rounds:
E1    (D Taylor    ) 0.067  5.638 254.52      (J Jones     ) 0.054  5.719 249.49
 Qualified:             #4  5.612 256.06                        #5  5.628 255.39
12:49 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 86 degrees, relative humidity 50 percent, barometer 29.56 inches, adjusted altitude 2,955 feet, track temperature 116 degrees.

Smith makes a great pass but smoke starts pouring from the engine just as he goes through the lights.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    2 Jay Payne                              34 Andy Bohl                    
E2   ****WINNER****  0.075  5.626 256.80                     0.066  5.678 254.33
 Prior rounds:
E1    (V Moats     ) 0.127  5.629 256.16      (S Burck     ) 0.037  5.678 254.28
 Qualified:             #3  5.612 258.17                       #11  5.678 254.47
Bohl gets off the line first and starts to pull away. He starts drifting to the left, gets out of the groove, then Payne pulls around. Payne continues to pull away and takes the win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 2777 Nick Bastiao                         7735 Steve Gasparrelli            
E2                  -0.034  5.666 256.94     ****WINNER****  0.049  5.668 256.11
 Prior rounds:
E1    (B Brown     ) 0.027  5.629 256.84      (B Martin    ) 0.036  5.662 255.68
 Qualified:             #2  5.606 257.48                       #10  5.672 255.92
Bastiao leaves the line a little too quickly and gives Gasparrelli the win.

Payne will have lane choice over Gasparrelli in round three.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    5 Steve Harker                         7384 Sean O'Bannon                
E2   ****WINNER****  0.106  5.569 258.22                     0.092  5.689 254.81
 Prior rounds:
E1    (C Foster    ) 0.151  5.568 257.92      (C Thompson  ) 0.064  5.684 254.81
 Qualified:             #1  5.586 258.02                        #9  5.655 256.65
O'Bannon gets a small advantage off the line but Harker reels him in quickly. Harker drives around before they reach the sixty-foot mark, then pulls away with the quickest pass of the round.

Harker will have lane choice over Smith in round three.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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