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Sun, 21 Sep 2008, 04:18 PM

Top Alcohol Funny Car Round 3 Eliminations
By Dave Rowe





ENNIS, Texas - Results of round 3 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
    2 Jay Payne                            7735 Steve Gasparrelli            
E3   ****WINNER****  0.079  5.646 253.14                     0.037  5.735 254.71
 Prior rounds:
E2    (A Bohl      ) 0.075  5.626 256.80      (N Bastiao   ) 0.049  5.668 256.11
E1    (V Moats     ) 0.127  5.629 256.16      (B Martin    ) 0.036  5.662 255.68
 Qualified:             #3  5.612 258.17                       #10  5.672 255.92
3:10 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 91 degrees, relative humidity 41 percent, barometer 29.50 inches, adjusted altitude 3,293 feet, track temperature 126 degrees.

Payne holds a 9-3 advantage over gasparrelli in career match-ups. He has had the performance advantage all weekend. The advantage continues, Payne right down the groove with another great pass. Gasparrelli did all he could do, getting the starting line advantage, but Payne drove around him before they reached half-track and pulled away for the win.

Jay Payne's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.049), 330 ft(-0.007), 660ft(0.030), 1,000ft(0.044). MOV: 0.0475 seconds (approximately 18 feet).


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    5 Steve Harker                            8 Von Smith                    
E3                   0.094  5.594 256.70     ****WINNER****  0.045  5.623 255.10
 Prior rounds:
E2    (S O'Bannon  ) 0.106  5.569 258.22      (B Hough     ) 0.069  5.652 245.14
E1    (C Foster    ) 0.151  5.568 257.92      (D Taylor    ) 0.067  5.638 254.52
 Qualified:             #1  5.586 258.02                        #4  5.612 256.06
Harker has been running better than everyone else all weekend but is 0-4 facing Smith. Smith gets the hole-shot, Harker starts to reel him in, but the advantage off the line was too much to overcome.

Smith will have lane choice over Payne in the final round.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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