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Sat, 06 Apr 2013, 15:14 PM

Top Alcohol Funny Car Qualifying Notes, Final Session
By Bob Orme

LAS VEGAS - Notes from final, round 3 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 this round, position in order following run, best prior elapsed time/speed, and position in order prior to run:
Left Lane: Dave Germain Runs 7.124/113.08, Now #20; Best prior run: 6.168/206.04, Was #20
Right Lane: Nick Januik Runs 31.883/61.54, Now #19; Best prior run: 6.012/244.43, Was #19

11:37 a.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 79 degrees, relative humidity 23 percent, barometer 27.80 inches, adjusted altitude 4,176 feet, track temperature 114 degrees.

Januik struck the tires on the hit. Germain started trailing heavy smoke at half track.

Left Lane: Mike Drake Runs 13.531/64.49, Now #18; Best prior run: 5.900/243.72, Was #18
Right Lane: Hannes Wernhart Runs 5.761/245.49, Now #15; Best prior run: 5.783/248.39, Was #15

Drake made a hard move to the right just past the tree and he had to lift.

Hannes Wernhart's incremental times: 60ft-0.986 sec., 330ft-2.559, 660ft-3.800/200.08 mph, 1,000ft-4.860.

Left Lane: Bernie Harrington Runs 13.566/53.23, Now #17; Best prior run: 5.823/244.47, Was #17
Right Lane: Sean Bellemeur Runs 5.740/252.57, Now #14; Best prior run: 5.741/252.14, Was #14

Harrington overpowered the track in the first 100 feet.

Sean Bellemeur's incremental times: 60ft-0.974 sec., 330ft-2.556, 660ft-3.798/199.55 mph, 1,000ft-4.851.

Left Lane: Tony Bartone Runs 5.589/261.47, Now #1; Best prior run: 5.818/253.28, Was #16
Right Lane: Steve Gasparrelli Runs 5.681/254.47, Now #7; Best prior run: 5.735/252.85, Was #13

A good looking pass for Gasparrelli. A strong pass for Bartone moves him to the top of the ladder for now.

Tony Bartone's incremental times: 60ft-0.975 sec., 330ft-2.512, 660ft-3.710/206.95 mph, 1,000ft-4.728.
Steve Gasparrelli's incremental times: 60ft-0.976 sec., 330ft-2.539, 660ft-3.761/202.73 mph, 1,000ft-4.800.

Left Lane: Mark Woznichak Runs 11.630/75.79, Now #12; Best prior run: 5.715/254.28, Was #12
Right Lane: Charles McLaws Runs 5.903/209.65, Now #14; Best prior run: 5.734/252.57, Was #14

Woznichak hazed the tires on the launch. McLaws was off the throttle early, the reason not apparent from here.

Left Lane: Shane Westerfield Runs 5.666/255.48, Now #5; Best prior run: 5.691/255.24, Was #9
Right Lane: Brian Hough Runs 5.773/252.05, Now #13; Best prior run: 5.728/252.10, Was #13

Both drivers were skating around but they both stayed on the throttle.

Shane Westerfield's incremental times: 60ft-0.971 sec., 330ft-2.531, 660ft-3.751/203.92 mph, 1,000ft-4.786.
Brian Hough's incremental times: 60ft-0.977 sec., 330ft-2.590, 660ft-3.828/201.13 mph, 1,000ft-4.881.

Left Lane: Jason Rupert Runs 14.433/55.26, Now #9; Best prior run: 5.683/255.43, Was #9
Right Lane: Kris Hool Runs 9.799/126.16, Now #11; Best prior run: 5.711/254.33, Was #11

Traction troubles for both drivers within the first 100 feet.

Left Lane: Jay Payne Runs 5.807/248.29, Now #7; Best prior run: 5.681/255.34, Was #7
Right Lane: Doug Gordon Runs 7.301/106.01, Now #10; Best prior run: 5.694/254.14, Was #10

Both drivers were skating around quite a bit. Gordon's chutes were out at about 1000 feet.

Jay Payne's incremental times: 60ft-0.979 sec., 330ft-2.583, 660ft-3.836/198.17 mph, 1,000ft-4.902.

Left Lane: Jirka Kaplan Runs 5.658/253.66, Now #4; Best prior run: 5.670/254.33, Was #6
Right Lane: John Lombardo Jr. Runs 5.643/256.31, Now #2; Best prior run: 5.663/256.36, Was #4

Straight down the groove in both lanes and both drivers move up a couple spots on the ladder.

Jirka Kaplan's incremental times: 60ft-0.975 sec., 330ft-2.511, 660ft-3.729/203.09 mph, 1,000ft-4.772.
John Lombardo Jr.'s incremental times: 60ft-0.966 sec., 330ft-2.522, 660ft-3.734/205.01 mph, 1,000ft-4.767.

Left Lane: Annie Whiteley Runs 5.702/253.47, Now #5; Best prior run: 5.661/254.95, Was #5
Right Lane: Terry Ruckman Runs 5.710/255.77, Now #3; Best prior run: 5.645/258.81, Was #3

Whiteley moved to the right of the groove at about 200 feet and she stayed there for the remainder of this pass.

Annie Whiteley's incremental times: 60ft-0.965 sec., 330ft-2.527, 660ft-3.764/201.07 mph, 1,000ft-4.814.
Terry Ruckman's incremental times: 60ft-0.996 sec., 330ft-2.564, 660ft-3.788/202.36 mph, 1,000ft-4.830.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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