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Sun, 28 Oct 2012, 12:37 PM

Top Alcohol Funny Car Round 1 Eliminations
By Rick Green





LAS VEGAS - Results of round 1 eliminations in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, 12th annual Big O Tires NHRA Nationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   73 Doug Gordon                           703 Mark Woznichak               
E1                   0.060  5.697 257.58     ****WINNER****  0.034  5.660 254.95
 Qualified:             #8  5.640 257.28                        #9  5.658 255.43
Gordon is 4 - 1 against Woznichak in prior events. gordon was runner-up at this event in 2010. woznichak is out of the gate first and never trailed for the win...Mark Woznichak's MOV: 0.0637 seconds (approximately 24 feet).

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    6 John Lombardo Jr.                       5 Mickey Ferro                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.088  5.597 258.52                     0.075  5.636 253.90
 Qualified:             #7  5.630 257.19                       #10  5.671 251.86
Ferro is 3 - 0 against Lombardo Jr. in prior events. Ferro was number two in the points coming into this event, two points behind Bartone. Lombardo was number eight in the points coming into this race. Ferro with the starting line advantage and then lead until just past half track when Lombardo tracked him down and took the win. John Lombardo Jr.'s MOV: 0.0262 seconds (approximately 10 feet).

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  744 Shane Westerfield                    6352 John Evanchuk                
E1   ****WINNER****  0.054  5.737 253.85                     0.089  6.060 249.76
 Qualified:             #5  5.625 256.06                       #12  5.693 254.14
Westerfield is 1 - 0 against Evanchuk in prior events. Westerfield with the starting line advantage and never trailed for the win. Evanchuk shook and pedaled it and that was the end of his weekend.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    8 Steve Gasparrelli                    7976 Keeter Ray                   
E1   ****WINNER****  0.057  5.584 260.21                     0.100  5.606 255.10
 Qualified:             #6  5.626 258.62                       #11  5.690 252.80
Weather conditions: air temperature 66 degrees, relative humidity 30 percent, barometer 27.96 inches, adjusted altitude 3,119 feet, track temperature 74 degrees.

Gasparrelli is 2 - 0 against Ray in prior events. Gasparrelli is out of the gate first and drove through some tire shake right off the starting line and takes the win by 0.0652 seconds (approximately 24 feet).


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   62 Clint Thompson                        766 Jason Rupert                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.106  5.581 259.26                           No Time      
 Qualified:             #4  5.590 259.01                       #13  5.723 253.33
This is the first time Thompson and Rupert have faced each other in eliminations. rupert broke on the burnout and Thompson gets the freebie. Thompson with his quickest pass of the weekend. Clint Thompson's incremental times: 60ft-0.961 sec., 330ft-2.494, 660ft-3.693/207.05 mph, 1,000ft-4.713.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    3 Jay Payne                             799 Sean Bellemeur               
E1   ****WINNER****  0.103  5.561 260.26                     0.052  5.833 253.80
 Qualified:             #3  5.590 259.06                       #14  5.726 252.47
Payne is 6 - 1 against Bellemeur in prior events. This is Payne's 748th round of competition in both Alcohol classes and that is the most of anybody in the Alcohol classes. He is 14th on the all-time list of career rounds. Bellemeur with the starting line advantage, but Payne has the difference made up by 100 feet and then runs the quickest pass of the event for the win. Jay Payne's incremental times: 60ft-0.955 sec., 330ft-2.480, 660ft-3.677/207.53 mph, 1,000ft-4.697. Payne will have lane choice over Gasparrelli in the next round.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  584 Annie Whiteley                        771 Charles McLaws               
E1   ****WINNER****  0.032  5.839 250.00                     0.047  5.920 250.78
 Qualified:             #2  5.571 259.36                       #15  5.749 254.14
This is the first time Whiteley and McLaws have faced each other in eliminations. McLaws with career run in qualifying...Whiteley with the starting line advantage and then started drifting out of the groove and pedaled it to hold on for the win. Annie Whiteley's MOV: 0.0964 seconds (approximately 35 feet). She will give up lane choice to Lombardo in the next round.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    2 Tony Bartone                           10 Kris Hool                    
E1   ****WINNER****  0.068  5.538 263.51                     0.057  5.786 254.28
 Qualified:             #1  5.570 262.39                       #16  5.752 255.53
Bartone is 3 - 1 against Hool in prior events. Bartone has qualified number one 39 time in Top Alcohol Funny Car career. Hool with the starting line advantage, but Bartone has the difference made up by 100 feet and then runs the quickest pass of the event for the win. Tony Bartone's incremental times: 60ft-0.971 sec., 330ft-2.492, 660ft-3.676/209.95 mph, 1,000ft-4.684. Bartone will have lane choice over Woznichak in the next round.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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