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Sun, 11 Nov 2012, 20:49 PM

Top Fuel Final, Round 4 Eliminations
By Larry Sullivan

POMONA, Calif. - Results of final, round 4 eliminations in Top Fuel at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, 48th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals:

    5 Tony Schumacher                         6 Brandon Bernstein            
E4                   0.054  3.753 325.53     ****WINNER****  0.037  3.762 320.81
 Prior rounds:
E3    (B Vandergrif) 0.070  3.815 291.95      (C Millican  ) 0.076  3.793 322.73
E2    (K alBalooshi) 0.071  3.764 325.77      (S Massey    ) 0.052  3.805 323.43
E1    (J Todd      ) 0.055  3.766 324.59      (T McMillen  ) 0.048  3.776 323.97
 Qualified:             #4  3.775 325.69                        #2  3.751 328.14
5:31 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 66 degrees, relative humidity 25 percent, barometer 29.09 inches, adjusted altitude 1,760 feet, track temperature 65 degrees.

Schumacher is 32 - 14 against Bernstein in prior events and 8 - 2 against Bernstein in prior final rounds. Schumacher is 2-6 in final rounds this year, 64-49 over his career. Bernstein is 0-2 in finals this year, 18-20 overall. His last win came at Richmond in 2009, 59 races ago. Bernstein has lane choice.

The championship scenario is simple: if Schumacher wins, he is the 2012 champion. If Bernstein wins, Antron Brown is the champion.

On a holeshot, Bernstein wins and Brown is the champion. He led all the way, but Schumacher was just a thousandth back at 330 feet.

Brandon Bernstein's incremental margins: 60ft(0.011), 330 ft(0.001), 660ft(0.010). MOV: 0.0081 seconds (approximately 4 feet).

What a way to bring the 2012 season to a close (well, almost, there are five Sportsman finals yet to run).

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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