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Sun, 07 Apr 2013, 15:44 PM

Top Alcohol Funny Car Round 2 Eliminations
By Bob Orme





LAS VEGAS - Results of round 2 eliminations in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 14th annual SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   10 Shane Westerfield                    5757 Terry Ruckman                
E2   ****WINNER****  0.047  5.650 255.34                     0.059  5.698 256.80
 Prior rounds:
E1    (K Hool      ) 0.034  5.674 253.90      (C McLaws    ) 0.092 12.293  73.88
 Qualified:             #6  5.666 255.48                        #3  5.645 258.81
12:26 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 81 degrees, relative humidity 18 percent, barometer 27.69 inches, adjusted altitude 4,416 feet, track temperature 108 degrees.

Ruckman moved to the right of the groove at about 150 feet and stayed there for the rest of this pass.

Shane Westerfield's incremental margins: 60ft(0.033), 330 ft(0.060), 660ft(0.064), 1,000ft(0.065). MOV: 0.0604 seconds (approximately 23 feet).

Shane Westerfield's incremental times: 60ft-0.967 sec., 330ft-2.518, 660ft-3.734/203.52 mph, 1,000ft-4.769.
Terry Ruckman's incremental times: 60ft-0.988 sec., 330ft-2.566, 660ft-3.786/203.40 mph, 1,000ft-4.822.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    5 John Lombardo Jr.                      78 Doug Gordon                  
E2                   0.085  5.682 256.31     ****WINNER****  0.052  5.700 250.69
 Prior rounds:
E1    (S Bellemeur ) 0.092  5.663 255.00      (J Payne     ) 0.028  5.705 252.28
 Qualified:             #2  5.643 256.31                       #10  5.694 254.14
A very good looking drag race! Gordon will give lane choice to Westerfield in round three.

Doug Gordon's incremental margins: 60ft(0.052), 330 ft(0.044), 660ft(0.038), 1,000ft(0.031). MOV: 0.0156 seconds (approximately 6 feet).

John Lombardo Jr.'s incremental times: 60ft-0.991 sec., 330ft-2.549, 660ft-3.767/202.58 mph, 1,000ft-4.805.
Doug Gordon's incremental times: 60ft-0.972 sec., 330ft-2.538, 660ft-3.762/202.24 mph, 1,000ft-4.807.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    2 Tony Bartone                          766 Jason Rupert                 
E2   ****WINNER****  0.047  5.641 259.61                     0.036  5.725 253.56
 Prior rounds:
E1    (H Wernhart  ) 0.096  5.653 257.63      (S Gasparrell) 0.058  5.725 252.19
 Qualified:             #1  5.589 261.47                        #9  5.683 255.43
Rupert had the advantage at the tree but Bartone was able to chase him down before half track.

Tony Bartone's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.030), 330 ft(-0.002), 660ft(0.025), 1,000ft(0.053). MOV: 0.0731 seconds (approximately 27 feet).

Tony Bartone's incremental times: 60ft-0.991 sec., 330ft-2.540, 660ft-3.748/205.10 mph, 1,000ft-4.773.
Jason Rupert's incremental times: 60ft-0.972 sec., 330ft-2.549, 660ft-3.784/200.56 mph, 1,000ft-4.837.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    4 Annie Whiteley                       6180 Jirka Kaplan                 
E2                   0.086  5.651 255.97     ****WINNER****  0.010  5.671 254.04
 Prior rounds:
E1    (M Woznichak ) 0.095  5.645 254.86      (B Hough     ) 0.039  5.676 251.91
 Qualified:             #5  5.661 254.95                        #4  5.658 253.66
Whiteley was skating around in the middle section of the track. Kaplan gets the hole shot win and he'll give lane choice to Bartone in the semi's.

Jirka Kaplan's incremental margins: 60ft(0.050), 330 ft(0.061), 660ft(0.062), 1,000ft(0.061). MOV: 0.0565 seconds (approximately 21 feet).

Annie Whiteley's incremental times: 60ft-0.957 sec., 330ft-2.509, 660ft-3.729/203.06 mph, 1,000ft-4.771.
Jirka Kaplan's incremental times: 60ft-0.983 sec., 330ft-2.524, 660ft-3.743/203.06 mph, 1,000ft-4.786.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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