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Sun, 14 Jul 2013, 16:03 PM

Top Alcohol Funny Car Round 1 Eliminations
By Jason Murray

WOODBURN, Ore. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Northwest Division, Les Schwab Challenge at Woodburn Dragstrip:

   78 Doug Gordon                             5 John Lombardo Jr.            
E1                   0.044 15.117  52.34     ****WINNER****  0.113  5.628 261.93
 Qualified:             #2  5.615 257.80                        #7  5.651 260.11
12:48 pm. Gordon spins the tires off the line and that is the end of his weekend. Lombardo makes his best run of the weekend and he is the first upset winner of the day.

John Lombardo Jr.'s incremental times: 60ft-0.974 sec., 330ft-2.551, 660ft-3.754/206.94 mph, 1,000ft-4.770.

    6 Jay Payne                              69 Clint Thompson               
E1   ****WINNER****  0.094  5.749 256.33                     0.157  9.698  95.84
 Qualified:             #8  5.663 258.47                        #1  5.604 261.09
Thompson spins the tires and he goes up in smoke. Payne will move into the next round as he is trying to add another wally to his trophy case.

Jay Payne's incremental times: 60ft-0.998 sec., 330ft-2.593, 660ft-3.827/202.29 mph, 1,000ft-4.870.

 6515 Brian Hough                             9 Steve Gasparrelli            
E1                   0.071  6.992 161.31     ****WINNER****  0.091  5.696 254.45
 Qualified:             #4  5.638 262.23                        #5  5.640 259.29
This is a rematch from the Mission event about a month ago, Hough is looking for some revenge from that event, especially at his home track. Hough goes into tire shake, then goes into tire smoke. Gasparrelli never looked back and he will go into the semi-finals with lane choice over Payne.

Brian Hough's incremental times: 60ft-1.036 sec., 330ft-2.874, 660ft-4.342/171.69 mph, 1,000ft-5.671.
Steve Gasparrelli's incremental times: 60ft-0.992 sec., 330ft-2.566, 660ft-3.782/204.17 mph, 1,000ft-4.818.

  799 Sean Bellemeur                          4 Annie Whiteley               
E1   ****WINNER****  0.072  5.672 256.55                     0.094  5.719 254.23
 Qualified:             #6  5.644 256.26                        #3  5.630 257.87
So far all the top qualifiers have been knocked out, will we see another upset? Yes we will! Bellemeur had the better light and he never looked back. Bellemeur will not have lane choice in the next round against Lombardo.

Sean Bellemeur's incremental times: 60ft-0.977 sec., 330ft-2.540, 660ft-3.758/203.66 mph, 1,000ft-4.795.
Annie Whiteley's incremental times: 60ft-0.978 sec., 330ft-2.549, 660ft-3.786/201.88 mph, 1,000ft-4.834.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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