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Sun, 28 Oct 2012, 16:31 PM

Top Alcohol Funny Car Round 2 Eliminations
By Rick Green





LAS VEGAS - Results of round 2 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
    6 John Lombardo Jr.                     584 Annie Whiteley               
E2                   0.069  5.632 256.75     ****WINNER****  0.081  5.585 258.96
 Prior rounds:
E1    (M Ferro     ) 0.088  5.597 258.52      (C McLaws    ) 0.032  5.839 250.00
 Qualified:             #7  5.630 257.19                        #2  5.571 259.36
Weather conditions: air temperature 78 degrees, relative humidity 21 percent, barometer 27.91 inches, adjusted altitude 3,951 feet, track temperature 99 degrees.

This is the first time Lombardo Jr. and Whiteley have faced each other in eliminations. Lombardo with the starting line advantage, but Whiteley chased him down by 330 feet and then motored on by for the win. Annie Whiteley's MOV: 0.0352 seconds (approximately 13 feet).


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    2 Tony Bartone                          703 Mark Woznichak               
E2   ****WINNER****  0.108  5.593 260.61                     0.063  5.828 235.89
 Prior rounds:
E1    (K Hool      ) 0.068  5.538 263.51      (D Gordon    ) 0.034  5.660 254.95
 Qualified:             #1  5.570 262.39                        #9  5.658 255.43
Bartone is 1 - 0 against Woznichak in prior events. Woznichak is out of the gate first, but Bartone has the lead by 200 feet and then runs the quickest pass of the round for the win. Tony Bartone's incremental times: 60ft-0.978 sec., 330ft-2.517, 660ft-3.713/207.78 mph, 1,000ft-4.731. Woznichak started hazing the tires around half track then the car started burning up some pistons.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    8 Steve Gasparrelli                       3 Jay Payne                    
E2                   0.059  5.641 257.04     ****WINNER****  0.055  5.621 257.68
 Prior rounds:
E1    (K Ray       ) 0.057  5.584 260.21      (S Bellemeur ) 0.103  5.561 260.26
 Qualified:             #6  5.626 258.62                        #3  5.590 259.06
Gasparrelli is 10 - 8 against Payne in prior events. Payne with the starting line advantage, but Gasparrelli had the lead as they went by the Christmas tree, but then Payne had the lead at the 330-foot mark. Payne just increased his lead from there for the win by 0.0249 seconds (approximately 9 feet). Payne will have lane choice over Whiteley in the semifinal.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   62 Clint Thompson                        744 Shane Westerfield            
E2                  -0.137 11.418  71.83     ****WINNER****  0.054  5.678 253.52
 Prior rounds:
E1    (J Rupert    ) 0.106  5.581 259.26      (J Evanchuk  ) 0.054  5.737 253.85
 Qualified:             #4  5.590 259.01                        #5  5.625 256.06
Westerfield is 1 - 0 against Thompson in prior events. Thompson is red and Westerfield with the easy win. Westerfield with a nice pass, but will give up lane choice to Bartone in the semifinal.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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