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Sun, 03 Mar 2013, 17:48 PM

Top Alcohol Funny Car Round 2 Eliminations
By David Gerard

CHANDLER, Ariz. - Results of round 2 eliminations in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division, event at Firebird International Raceway:

 6515 Brian Hough                           771 Charles McLaws               
E2   ****WINNER****  0.081  5.682 256.75                           No Time      
 Prior rounds:
E1    (T Bartone   ) 0.085  5.669 255.77      (S Gasparrell) 0.069  5.655 254.52
 Qualified:             #8  5.775 224.66                        #4  5.660 257.92
3:28 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 77 degrees, relative humidity 23 percent, barometer 28.67 inches, adjusted altitude 2,851 feet, track temperature 100 degrees.

McLaws can't make the call and Hough will get a single to the final round.

He leaves well and makes another strong pass without any drama.

Brian Hough's incremental times: 60ft-0.960 sec., 330ft-2.544, 660ft-3.765/204.42 mph, 1,000ft-4.802.

    6 Jay Payne                              78 Doug Gordon                  
E2   ****WINNER****  0.061  5.836 255.15                     0.057  8.145  84.42
 Prior rounds:
E1    (A Whiteley  ) 0.199  5.705 256.31      (T Ruckman   ) 0.075  5.634 255.19
 Qualified:             #6  5.685 256.65                        #2  5.616 256.55
Wild race! They leave just 0.004 different in RT and Gordon pulls away, as Payne's tires are shaking and spinning.

Gordon looks to be on his way to the final round, when the engine goes BANG and the chutes deploy right before the 660 lights.

Payne has gathered it back up and goes charging on by for the now easy win. He'll give up lane choice to Hough later.

Jay Payne's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.057), 330 ft(-0.135), 660ft(0.085), 1,000ft(0.865). MOV: 2.3054 seconds (more than 100 feet).

Jay Payne's incremental times: 60ft-0.998 sec., 330ft-2.626, 660ft-3.895/198.88 mph, 1,000ft-4.949.
Doug Gordon's incremental times: 60ft-0.945 sec., 330ft-2.495, 660ft-3.984/147.04 mph, 1,000ft-5.818.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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