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Sun, 17 Feb 2013, 20:40 PM

Top Alcohol Funny Car Final, Round 4 Eliminations
By Rick Green





POMONA, Calif. - Results of final, round 4 eliminations in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 53rd annual O'Reilly NHRA Winternationals presented by Super Start Batteries:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    5 John Lombardo Jr.                     766 Jason Rupert                 
E4   ****WINNER****  0.082  5.555 261.17                     0.021  5.653 255.63
 Prior rounds:
E3    (S Gasparrell) 0.087  5.532 260.66      (D Gordon    ) 0.015  5.638 255.97
E2    (S Westerfiel) 0.020  5.514 259.56      (B Williamson) 0.037  5.714 255.39
E1    (S Bellemeur ) 0.052  5.533 262.33      (K Ray       ) 0.025  5.640 255.39
 Qualified:             #9  5.647 257.83                       #11  5.716 253.80
Weather conditions: air temperature 67 degrees, relative humidity 42 percent, barometer 28.83 inches, adjusted altitude 2,257 feet, track temperature 74 degrees.

Lombardo Jr. is 1 - 0 against Rupert in prior events and this is the first time they have faced each other in a final round. Rupert with the starting line advantage, but then started drifting out of the groove toward the wall. Lombardo Jr. was able to chase Rupert down by half track and take the win by 0.0374 seconds (approximately 14 feet). This is Lombardo Jr.'s third National event win.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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