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Sat, 22 Jun 2013, 18:28 PM

Top Alcohol Funny Car Round 1 Eliminations
By Dave Rowe





CORDOVA, Ill. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, West Central Division, Summer Showdown presented by Matco Tools:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  319 Todd Robertson                        500 Dale Brand                   
E1                   0.066  6.441 160.21     ****WINNER****  0.051  5.800 249.21
 Qualified:             #8  5.977 232.55                        #1  5.676 253.95
5:14 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 89 degrees, relative humidity 68 percent, barometer 29.21 inches, adjusted altitude 3,773 feet, track temperature 114 degrees.

Robertson is a little behind off the line, starts falling behind, then pulls the chutes a little early. Brand went right down the groove to take the win.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    8 Chris Foster                           33 Ray Drew                     
E1                   0.163  5.963 247.34     ****WINNER****  0.115  5.875 243.55
 Qualified:             #4  5.807 246.21                        #5  5.816 248.25
Foster rattled the tires pretty hard off the line, drives through it but can't run down Drew.

Drew makes a clean pass but will give up lane choice to Brand in the next round.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   57 Wayne Butler                            1 Frank Manzo                  
E1                   0.071  7.348 116.52     ****WINNER****  0.033  5.753 252.33
 Qualified:             #6  5.854 244.87                        #3  5.759 252.85
Butler gets out of the groove, drifts to the left getting close to the wall, then wisely backs off the throttle about 500 feet out. Manzo goes right down the groove with the quickest pass of the round so far to take the win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   37 Andy Bohl                             354 Kevin Newburgh               
E1   ****WINNER****  0.105  5.841 249.58                     0.095  6.225 187.42
 Qualified:             #2  5.730 253.71                        #7  5.969 241.58
Bohl gets out of the groove early, makes a move to the left and starts to fishtail. he stays on the throttle, gets the car under control and pulls away for the win.

Bohl will give up lane choice to manzo in the next round.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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