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Sat, 20 Apr 2013, 17:51 PM

Top Alcohol Funny Car Round 1 Eliminations
By Rick Green

CONCORD, N.C. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, Fourth annual Dollar General NHRA Four-Wide Nationals fueled by Full Throttle:

   11 Todd Veney                             36 Paul Noakes                  
E1                   0.063  9.269  93.59     ****WINNER****  0.038  5.700 259.01
 Qualified:             #9  5.667 254.90                        #8  5.628 259.61
Weather conditions: air temperature 69 degrees, relative humidity 28 percent, barometer 29.44 inches, adjusted altitude 1,589 feet, track temperature 108 degrees.

Veney is 2 - 1 against Noakes in prior events. Noakes with the starting line line advantage and never trailed as Veney had problems early and clicked it off. Noakes with another good pass for the win.

 2063 Mark Rogers                            33 Ray Drew                     
E1                   0.111 13.424  62.19     ****WINNER****  0.036  6.193 245.18
 Qualified:            #11  5.715 246.39                        #6  5.608 254.47
This is the first time Rogers and Drew have faced each other in eliminations. Drew with the starting line advantage and never trailed for the win. Drew lost an engine on the top end, but still gets the win. Rogers with violent shake right at the hit and clicks it off.

   37 Andy Bohl                              35 Cassie Simonton              
E1                   0.087 12.122  69.05     ****WINNER****  0.180  5.558 261.27
 Qualified:             #7  5.624 257.28                       #10  5.694 255.97
This is the first time Bohl and Simonton have faced each other in eliminations. Bohl with the starting line advantage but then had a lot of tire shake and was out of the groove over by the wall before he lifted. Simonton with her quickest pass of the weekend for the win

 1625 Marie Ferriolo                          1 Frank Manzo                  
E1                   0.121  5.959 222.73     ****WINNER****  0.055  5.508 265.17
 Qualified:            #12  5.783 248.98                        #5  5.602 260.01
This is the first time Ferriolo and Manzo have faced each other in eliminations. Manzo with the starting line advantage and his quickest pass of the weekend for the win. Frank Manzo's incremental times: 60ft-0.952 sec., 330ft-2.472, 660ft-3.655/210.21 mph, 1,000ft-4.659.

  331 Tony Bogolo                            16 Dan Pomponio                 
E1                   0.043  5.926 246.89     ****WINNER****  0.048  5.580 260.26
 Qualified:            #13  5.818 249.86                        #4  5.565 260.51
This is the first time Bogolo and Pomponio have faced each other in eliminations. bogolo with a slight starting line advantage, but Pomponio had the lead by the time they went past the Christmas tree and has another great pass for the win. He will give up lane choice to Manzo in the next round.

  155 Duane Beers                             4 Annie Whiteley               
E1                         No Time           ****WINNER****  0.074  5.588 257.73
 Qualified:            #14  5.851 222.36                        #3  5.541 256.50
Beers with problems on the burnout and just drives off the top end. Whiteley launched hard and keep it hooked up to make another good clean pass. She will have lane choice over Drew in the next round

  196 Bill Naves                            500 Dale Brand                   
E1                   0.138  6.303 222.73     ****WINNER****  0.075  5.528 262.28
 Qualified:            #15  7.138 180.02                        #2  5.530 262.33
Brand with the starting line advantage and never trailed as he runs his quickest pass of the weekend for the win. This is the second quickest of the round and he will have lane choice over Simonton in the next round. Dale Brand's incremental times: 60ft-0.945 sec., 330ft-2.459, 660ft-3.657/207.05 mph, 1,000ft-4.671. Naves makes a full pas and his best of the weekend in the losing effort.

        Bye                                   8 Chris Foster                 
E1                                            ****WINNER****  0.125  5.476 262.64
 Qualified:                                                       #1  5.476 263.10
Foster with bye here and he matches his qualifying time with the quickest pass of the round. Chris Foster's incremental times: 60ft-0.943 sec., 330ft-2.441, 660ft-3.619/210.05 mph, 1,000ft-4.623. foster will have lane choice over Noakes in the next round.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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