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Sat, 06 Apr 2013, 21:37 PM

Top Alcohol Funny Car Round 1 Eliminations
By Bob Orme

LAS VEGAS - Results of round 1 eliminations in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 14th annual NHRA Nationals:

    9 Steve Gasparrelli                     766 Jason Rupert                 
E1                   0.070  5.721 253.52     ****WINNER****  0.058  5.725 252.19
 Qualified:             #8  5.681 254.47                        #9  5.683 255.43
6:03 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 83 degrees, relative humidity 18 percent, barometer 27.68 inches, adjusted altitude 4,581 feet, track temperature 96 degrees.

A relatively straight pass for both drivers. Gasparrelli runs out of race track as Rupert takes the holeshot win.

Jason Rupert's incremental margins: 60ft(0.043), 330 ft(0.041), 660ft(0.028), 1,000ft(0.015). MOV: 0.0089 seconds (approximately 3 feet).

Steve Gasparrelli's incremental times: 60ft-0.995 sec., 330ft-2.569, 660ft-3.794/201.97 mph, 1,000ft-4.837.
Jason Rupert's incremental times: 60ft-0.964 sec., 330ft-2.540, 660ft-3.778/199.97 mph, 1,000ft-4.834.

    6 Jay Payne                              78 Doug Gordon                  
E1                   0.005  5.738 254.09     ****WINNER****  0.028  5.705 252.28
 Qualified:             #7  5.681 255.34                       #10  5.694 254.14
Payne had the advantage at the tree but Gordon took the lead by the 60-foot mark.

Doug Gordon's incremental margins: 60ft(0.023), 330 ft(0.020), 660ft(0.018), 1,000ft(0.016). MOV: 0.0102 seconds (approximately 4 feet).

Jay Payne's incremental times: 60ft-1.019 sec., 330ft-2.581, 660ft-3.805/202.70 mph, 1,000ft-4.852.
Doug Gordon's incremental times: 60ft-0.973 sec., 330ft-2.538, 660ft-3.764/202.18 mph, 1,000ft-4.813.

   10 Shane Westerfield                       7 Kris Hool                    
E1   ****WINNER****  0.034  5.674 253.90                     0.018  5.693 254.18
 Qualified:             #6  5.666 255.48                       #11  5.711 254.33
A very good looking drag race!

Shane Westerfield's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.021), 330 ft(-0.018), 660ft(-0.008), 1,000ft(0.001). MOV: 0.0039 seconds (approximately 17 inches).

Shane Westerfield's incremental times: 60ft-0.973 sec., 330ft-2.531, 660ft-3.751/203.06 mph, 1,000ft-4.790.
Kris Hool's incremental times: 60ft-0.968 sec., 330ft-2.529, 660ft-3.759/201.85 mph, 1,000ft-4.807.

    4 Annie Whiteley                        703 Mark Woznichak               
E1   ****WINNER****  0.095  5.645 254.86                     0.123  5.720 253.04
 Qualified:             #5  5.661 254.95                       #12  5.715 254.28
Woznichak was a little loose on the launch. No problems for Whiteley.

Annie Whiteley's incremental times: 60ft-0.958 sec., 330ft-2.506, 660ft-3.725/203.40 mph, 1,000ft-4.763.
Mark Woznichak's incremental times: 60ft-0.986 sec., 330ft-2.556, 660ft-3.782/201.64 mph, 1,000ft-4.831.

 6180 Jirka Kaplan                         6515 Brian Hough                  
E1   ****WINNER****  0.039  5.676 251.91                     0.036  6.541 197.48
 Qualified:             #4  5.658 253.66                       #13  5.728 252.10
Hough hazed the tires for the first 300 feet. Kaplan will give lane choice to Whiteley in round two.

Jirka Kaplan's incremental times: 60ft-0.960 sec., 330ft-2.511, 660ft-3.736/201.94 mph, 1,000ft-4.785.

 5757 Terry Ruckman                         771 Charles McLaws               
E1   ****WINNER****  0.092 12.293  73.88                           No Time      
 Qualified:             #3  5.645 258.81                       #14  5.734 252.57
McLaws couldn't get his engine to fire. Ruckman struck the tires on the hit. Ruckman will give lane choice to Westerfield in round two.

    5 John Lombardo Jr.                     799 Sean Bellemeur               
E1   ****WINNER****  0.092  5.663 255.00                     0.036  5.749 250.00
 Qualified:             #2  5.643 256.31                       #15  5.740 252.57
Bellemeur had the advantage at the tree but Lombardo was able to chase him down. Lombardo will have lane choice over Gordon in round two.

John Lombardo Jr.'s incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.052), 330 ft(-0.025), 660ft(-0.006), 1,000ft(0.013). MOV: 0.0306 seconds (approximately 11 feet).

John Lombardo Jr.'s incremental times: 60ft-0.968 sec., 330ft-2.525, 660ft-3.744/202.48 mph, 1,000ft-4.782.
Sean Bellemeur's incremental times: 60ft-0.972 sec., 330ft-2.556, 660ft-3.794/199.91 mph, 1,000ft-4.851.

    2 Tony Bartone                          739 Hannes Wernhart              
E1   ****WINNER****  0.096  5.653 257.63                     0.075  5.765 249.44
 Qualified:             #1  5.589 261.47                       #16  5.761 245.49
This is the 40th time Bartone has qualified number one in TA/FC which is 4th best in the history of the class. Wernhart is the 170th different driver Bartone has faced in the Top Alcohol classes. Wernhart had a slight advantage at the tree but Bartone was able to erase that before the 330-foot mark. Bartone will have lane choice over Rupert in round two.

Tony Bartone's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.020), 330 ft(0.006), 660ft(0.036), 1,000ft(0.064). MOV: 0.0912 seconds (approximately 33 feet).

Tony Bartone's incremental times: 60ft-0.985 sec., 330ft-2.533, 660ft-3.747/204.57 mph, 1,000ft-4.780.
Hannes Wernhart's incremental times: 60ft-0.986 sec., 330ft-2.560, 660ft-3.804/197.80 mph, 1,000ft-4.865.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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