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Sat, 16 Mar 2013, 11:14 AM

Top Alcohol Funny Car Qualifying Notes, Final Session
By Michael L. Jex

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Notes from final, round 3 qualifying in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 44th annual Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals listing lane, driver name, elapsed time/top speed this round, position in order following run, best prior elapsed time/speed, and position in order prior to run:
Left Lane: John Headley Runs 7.150/174.21, Now #15; Best prior run: 7.245/141.27, Was #14
Right Lane: Cassie Simonton Runs 5.811/255.39, Now #13; Best prior run: 8.307/108.85, Was #15

11:01 a.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 66 degrees, relative humidity 58 percent, barometer 29.95 inches, adjusted altitude 982 feet, track temperature 72 degrees.

It's warmer than it was yesterday.

Headley was off the loud pedal before the halfway point after drifting over toward the wall. Simonton's first full pass of the weekend moves him up two spots.

Left Lane: Todd Veney Runs 5.634/254.66, Now #10; Best prior run: 5.732/251.58, Was #12
Right Lane: Mark Rogers Runs 18.193/51.15, Now #14; Best prior run: 6.406/236.42, Was #14

Rogers shook hard and lifted. Todd Veney's incremental times: 60ft-0.976 sec., 330ft-2.517, 660ft-3.722/205.19 mph, 1,000ft-4.754.

Left Lane: Frank Manzo Runs 12.984/107.44, Now #12; Best prior run: 5.679/263.05, Was #11
Right Lane: Ray Drew Runs 5.567/261.83, Now #6; Best prior run: 5.715/255.82, Was #12

Manzo 12th???? Once again mechanical gremlins claim a run for Manzo - the car went silent just past the tree. When was the last time Manzo qualified in the bottom half of a national event field? Inquiring minds here want to know.... How bout 2010 in Redding PA!

Drew bumped Manzo into the 12th spot with a stellar run in the right lane - Ray Drew's incremental times: 60ft-0.983 sec., 330ft-2.500, 660ft-3.689/208.81 mph, 1,000ft-4.707.

Left Lane: Mickey Ferro Runs 11.381/83.58, Now #10; Best prior run: 5.628/259.56, Was #10
Right Lane: Dan Pomponio Runs 5.613/259.21, Now #9; Best prior run: 5.623/257.87, Was #9

Ferro shook hard, then hopped when he shifted and clicked it off. Pomponio got near the centerline at the top end, but crossed the stripe before he got to the finish line cones.

Left Lane: John Bojec Runs 9.423/94.03, Now #8; Best prior run: 5.611/246.80, Was #8
Right Lane: Paul Noakes Runs 5.642/262.08, Now #7; Best prior run: 5.588/263.51, Was #7

Tire shake claims Bojec as well, he tried to pedal it, but only got more tire shake. Left lane looks pretty wild with all the tire shake marks out past the tree.

Left Lane: Dale Brand Runs 10.340/81.92, Now #4; Best prior run: 5.522/259.81, Was #4
Right Lane: John Lombardo Jr. Runs 5.498/265.17, Now #1; Best prior run: 5.510/264.55, Was #3

Brand didn't shake, he spun the tires all the way over to the marbles near the wall, so now there's a nice wide black stripe through all the tire shake marks in the left lane. Lombardo was on a rail - just .2 mph off a career best in speed for the Brea CA driver, and he claims the top spot for now.

Left Lane: Andy Bohl Runs 6.932/141.49, Now #3; Best prior run: 5.503/263.26, Was #3
Right Lane: Chris Foster Runs 5.522/262.28, Now #2; Best prior run: 5.502/262.64, Was #2

Bohl got over into the marbles and had to lift when the tires lost traction at the halfway point. So we end TAFC Qualifying with John Lombardo Jr at the top of the heap, and Manzo 12th.... 11:21 a.m.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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