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Sat, 30 Mar 2013, 19:43 PM

Top Alcohol Funny Car Round 1 Eliminations
By David Gerard

LAS VEGAS - Results of round 1 eliminations in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division, event at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:

   78 Doug Gordon                          5757 Terry Ruckman                
E1   ****WINNER****  0.035  5.659 253.95                    -0.016  5.829 220.48
 Qualified:             #5  5.672 251.91                        #4  5.670 255.48
4:09 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 94 degrees, relative humidity 12 percent, barometer 27.86 inches, adjusted altitude 4,697 feet, track temperature 125 degrees.

Ruckman bought all of the DeJoria TAFC equipment for his return to competition. His day ends early, as he red lights away any change of a win.

Gordon improves on his qualifying times in the easy win.

Doug Gordon's incremental times: 60ft-0.967 sec., 330ft-2.517, 660ft-3.735/202.85 mph, 1,000ft-4.774.

   10 Shane Westerfield                     766 Jason Rupert                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.037  5.707 254.66                     0.042  9.156  95.67
 Qualified:             #3  5.664 254.66                        #6  5.674 255.10
Westerfield gets a small advantage at the green, but Rupert is on by before sixty feet. The Synoil Monte Carlo gets up on the tires and powers out of the groove towards the wall. Rupert has his hands full and has to lift.

Westerfield makes a clean pass to the finish line and will go on to round two.

Shane Westerfield's incremental times: 60ft-0.984 sec., 330ft-2.559, 660ft-3.784/202.39 mph, 1,000ft-4.824.

    4 Annie Whiteley                          9 Steve Gasparrelli            
E1   ****WINNER****  0.072  5.677 255.39                     0.089 11.976 119.34
 Qualified:             #2  5.652 257.53                        #7  5.676 253.42
Gasparrelli is second off the line, but it doesn't matter, as the slicks are up in smoke right at the green. The car darts towards the wall and he has to give it up quickly.

Whiteley lays down another sixty to get the win and lane choice over Westerfield next round.

Annie Whiteley's incremental times: 60ft-0.976 sec., 330ft-2.538, 660ft-3.758/203.34 mph, 1,000ft-4.797.

    2 Tony Bartone                         6180 Jirka Kaplan                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.097  5.711 257.92                     0.002  6.890 170.02
 Qualified:             #1  5.642 258.27                        #8  5.709 253.04
Kaplan shakes hard right off the line and the right lane claims another victim. The chute shakes out and Kaplan runs a long way with it blossomed.

Bartone makes a strong pass, but will give up lane choice to Gordon next round.

4:21 p.m. Tony Bartone's incremental times: 60ft-0.982 sec., 330ft-2.575, 660ft-3.800/203.40 mph, 1,000ft-4.837.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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