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Sat, 14 Sep 2013, 20:08 PM

Top Alcohol Funny Car Round 1 Eliminations
By Dave Rowe

CONCORD, N.C. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, Sixth annual Carlyle Tools NHRA Carolina Nationals presented by NAPA Auto Parts:

  147 Fred Tigges                            11 Todd Veney                   
E1                  -0.018  5.690 253.09     ****WINNER****  0.067  5.595 257.24
 Qualified:             #6  5.713 252.85                        #5  5.666 255.58
7:50 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 74 degrees, relative humidity 55 percent, barometer 29.36 inches, adjusted altitude 2,303 feet, track temperature 94 degrees.

Tigges leaves a little too soon and fouls. Veney goes right down the groove with his quickest pass of the weekend to take the win.

 1625 Marie Ferriolo                         10 Shane Westerfield            
E1                   0.151 No Time           ****WINNER****  0.058  6.363 254.57
 Qualified:             #7  5.754 247.43                        #4  5.633 257.38
Westerfield hits the throttle and loses traction. He pedals a couple of times and is able to get the slicks to bite. Ferriolo gets about 300 feet out and loses traction. He makes a move to the left and tags the wall.

   19 John Headley                            1 Frank Manzo                  
E1                   0.137  8.640 102.43     ****WINNER****  0.352  5.510 264.44
 Qualified:            #10  7.926 122.74                        #1  5.535 261.62
Headley gets out of the gate first and starts to pull away. He gets about 200 feet out, loses traction and makes a move toward the wall. Manzo goes around him at that point and pulls away for the win.

Frank Manzo's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.122), 330 ft(0.265), 660ft(0.781), 1,000ft(1.706). MOV: 2.9154 seconds (more than 100 feet).

  196 Bill Naves                              3 Mickey Ferro                 
E1                   0.065  6.268 224.17     ****WINNER****  0.053  5.538 264.29
 Qualified:             #9  6.848 135.95                        #2  5.597 262.39
Ferro gets a small advantage off the line then runs his quickest pass of the weekend to pull away for the win. Naves makes his quickest pass of the weekend but was falling behind at every marker.

   35 Cassie Simonton                        16 Dan Pomponio                 
E1                   0.110  5.636 256.31     ****WINNER****  0.089  5.597 257.92
 Qualified:             #8  6.809 107.61                        #3  5.631 258.22
Pomponio gets the advantage off the line and that was all he needed. Simonton made her best pass of the weekend but couldn't make up the difference.

Dan Pomponio's incremental margins: 60ft(0.050), 330 ft(0.060), 660ft(0.055), 1,000ft(0.056). MOV: 0.0602 seconds (approximately 23 feet).

in the next round it will be Ferro with lane choice over Veney, Pomponio vs. Westerfield and manzo will have a bye.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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