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Fri, 05 Apr 2013, 17:27 PM

Top Alcohol Funny Car Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By Bob Orme

LAS VEGAS - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 14th annual NHRA Nationals listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, and position in order following run:
Left Lane: Dave Germain Runs 6.168/206.04, Now #2
Right Lane: Nick Januik Runs 6.012/244.43, Now #1

1:56 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 84 degrees, relative humidity 22 percent, barometer 27.75 inches, adjusted altitude 4,604 feet, track temperature 122 degrees.

Januik was wiggling around for the first 300 feet. No visible problems for Germain.

Left Lane: Mike Drake Runs 5.900/243.72, Now #2
Right Lane: Sean Bellemeur Runs 5.770/251.25, Now #1

Drake was very loose on the first half of the track.

Sean Bellemeur's incremental times: 60ft-0.988 sec., 330ft-2.576, 660ft-3.816/199.26 mph, 1,000ft-4.874.

Left Lane: Jirka Kaplan Runs 5.733/251.81, Now #1
Right Lane: Hannes Wernhart Runs 5.816/247.70, Now #3

Wernhart moved to the left of the groove right after the launch.

Jirka Kaplan's incremental times: 60ft-0.987 sec., 330ft-2.560, 660ft-3.788/201.28 mph, 1,000ft-4.840.
Hannes Wernhart's incremental times: 60ft-0.981 sec., 330ft-2.583, 660ft-3.841/197.10 mph, 1,000ft-4.910.

Left Lane: Mark Woznichak Runs 5.735/253.42, Now #2
Right Lane: Charles McLaws Runs 5.826/250.55, Now #5

Both drivers were skating around at half track.

Mark Woznichak's incremental times: 60ft-0.985 sec., 330ft-2.563, 660ft-3.797/200.95 mph, 1,000ft-4.847.
Charles McLaws' incremental times: 60ft-1.010 sec., 330ft-2.604, 660ft-3.863/198.47 mph, 1,000ft-4.928.

Left Lane: Bernie Harrington Runs 5.823/244.47, Now #6
Right Lane: Terry Ruckman Runs 5.697/255.87, Now #1

Harrington was to the left of the groove on the top half of the track. A smooth pass for Ruckman.

Bernie Harrington's incremental times: 60ft-0.989 sec., 330ft-2.572, 660ft-3.831/196.13 mph, 1,000ft-4.909.
Terry Ruckman's incremental times: 60ft-0.985 sec., 330ft-2.555, 660ft-3.779/202.61 mph, 1,000ft-4.819.

Left Lane: Jason Rupert Runs 5.714/253.61, Now #2
Right Lane: Brian Hough Runs 8.882/108.04, Now #12

Hough struck the tires at about 150 feet and he lifted.

Jason Rupert's incremental times: 60ft-0.963 sec., 330ft-2.544, 660ft-3.777/200.56 mph, 1,000ft-4.828.

Left Lane: Tony Bartone Runs 5.818/253.28, Now #7
Right Lane: Steve Gasparrelli Runs 8.875/155.83, Now #13

Gasparrelli was almost sideways just past the tree.

Tony Bartone's incremental times: 60ft-0.990 sec., 330ft-2.595, 660ft-3.865/197.36 mph, 1,000ft-4.928.

Left Lane: Jay Payne Runs 5.801/252.28, Now #7
Right Lane: Kris Hool Runs 5.740/254.42, Now #5

Payne was skating around at half track. A smooth pass for Hool.

Jay Payne's incremental times: 60ft-1.005 sec., 330ft-2.608, 660ft-3.852/199.49 mph, 1,000ft-4.908.
Kris Hool's incremental times: 60ft-1.005 sec., 330ft-2.579, 660ft-3.808/201.94 mph, 1,000ft-4.855.

Left Lane: Annie Whiteley Runs 5.787/252.61, Now #8
Right Lane: Doug Gordon Runs 5.724/253.56, Now #3

Gordon was skating around from the start to half track. No visible problems for Whiteley.

Annie Whiteley's incremental times: 60ft-0.993 sec., 330ft-2.579, 660ft-3.835/198.52 mph, 1,000ft-4.895.
Doug Gordon's incremental times: 60ft-0.978 sec., 330ft-2.551, 660ft-3.787/200.62 mph, 1,000ft-4.836.

Left Lane: Shane Westerfield Runs 5.691/254.62, Now #1
Right Lane: John Lombardo Jr. Runs 5.875/252.14, Now #15

Lombardo pedaled it at about 300 feet. A trouble-free pass moves Westerfield to the top spot for now.

Shane Westerfield's incremental times: 60ft-0.974 sec., 330ft-2.544, 660ft-3.768/202.48 mph, 1,000ft-4.808.
John Lombardo Jr.'s incremental times: 60ft-0.976 sec., 330ft-2.638, 660ft-3.921/196.64 mph, 1,000ft-4.983.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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