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Sat, 05 Oct 2013, 17:24 PM

Top Alcohol Funny Car Round 1 Eliminations
By Jim Samuel





MOHNTON, Pa. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 29th annual Auto-Plus NHRA Nationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    8 Chris Foster                            1 Frank Manzo                  
E1                   0.094  6.192 174.75     ****WINNER****  0.070  5.585 259.61
 Qualified:            #17 13.032  64.11                        #1  5.537 261.27
4:52 p.m. - Weather conditions: air temperature 85 degrees, relative humidity 52 percent, barometer 29.45 inches, adjusted altitude 3,037 feet, track temperature 103 degrees.

Foster was competing as an alternate for John Headley. Manzo got out of the gate first and was ahead all the way down the quarter mile to take the win. It was good that Manzo was out front because Foster's car drifted right, crossed the center line and took out the foam blocks at mid track.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 1996 John Fiorini                          377 Paul Noakes                  
E1                   0.026  5.990 217.21     ****WINNER****  0.128  5.728 255.43
 Qualified:            #15  6.195 203.95                        #2  5.624 257.73
Fiorini was first off the starting line and out in front at 330 feet, then Noakes powered by to take the win. Paul Noakes' incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.040), 330 ft(-0.021), 660ft(0.019), 1,000ft(0.066). MOV: 0.1606 seconds (approximately 51 feet).

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  155 Duane Beers                            37 Andy Bohl                    
E1                  -0.024 No Time           ****WINNER****  0.115  5.627 256.70
 Qualified:            #14  5.832 240.29                        #3  5.630 256.89
Beers left early, slowed immediately and pulled to the side of the track.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 1625 Marie Ferriolo                         12 John Anderika                
E1                   0.149  5.783 247.70     ****WINNER****  0.115  5.662 255.34
 Qualified:            #13  5.817 248.02                        #4  5.648 255.15
Both cars went straight down the groove but this race was Anderika's from start to finish.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  331 Tony Bogolo                             3 Mickey Ferro                 
E1                   0.043 11.096  76.90     ****WINNER****  0.055  5.646 256.55
 Qualified:            #12  5.780 251.95                        #5  5.651 260.06
Bogolo had a problem early on and clicked it off early. Ferro will race Anderika in round two tomorrow.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   15 DJ Cox Jr.                             11 Todd Veney                   
E1                  -0.083 13.185  85.95     ****WINNER****  0.051  5.709 250.04
 Qualified:            #11  5.765 252.28                        #6  5.659 254.38
Cox went red and got off the throttle right away. Veney will race Bohl in round two.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 1483 Matt Gill                             147 Fred Tigges                  
E1                   0.013  5.878 248.34     ****WINNER****  0.080  5.745 251.58
 Qualified:            #10  5.749 251.44                        #7  5.689 255.19
Gill had a good light in his first national event and led to 330 feet, but then Tigges passed by to take the win. Fred Tigges' incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.060), 330 ft(-0.034), 660ft(0.021), 1,000ft(0.051). MOV: 0.0661 seconds (approximately 24 feet). Tigges will race Noakes in round two.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   13 Eric Lourie                            16 Dan Pomponio                 
E1                   0.092  5.786 245.90     ****WINNER****  0.098  5.739 254.09
 Qualified:             #9  5.747 249.58                        #8  5.690 255.10
Lourie and Pomponio left the starting line close together but Pomponio was just a bit quicker on the track to take the win. As a reward, he gets to race Frank Manzo in the next round.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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