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Sun, 10 Nov 2013, 16:07 PM

Top Alcohol Funny Car Round 2 Eliminations
By Larry Sullivan





POMONA, Calif. - Results of round 2 eliminations in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 49th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   69 Clint Thompson                        703 Mark Woznichak               
E2   ****WINNER****  0.037  5.548 261.83                     0.071  5.594 260.91
 Prior rounds:
E1    (T Bartone   ) 0.059  5.560 260.41      (J Lombardo J) 0.096  5.663 258.22
 Qualified:             #8  5.563 259.91                       #16  5.632 251.77
12:49 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 79 degrees, relative humidity 23 percent, barometer 28.97 inches, adjusted altitude 2,777 feet, track temperature 98 degrees.

Thompson and Woznichak have each won 1 time against the other in prior events. This is the first time they have ever met in the second round.

Thompson led this from wire to wire, winning by about a car length.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  568 Cody Perkins                           10 Shane Westerfield            
E2   ****WINNER****  0.053  5.569 260.36                     0.026  5.626 259.96
 Prior rounds:
E1    (S Gasparrell) 0.041  5.645 258.71      (J Payne     ) 0.068  5.525 261.32
 Qualified:             #4  5.543 260.91                       #12  5.596 260.16
Westerfield is 1 - 0 against Perkins in prior events. They have never faced each other in the second round.

Westerfield left first and had the early lead, but Perkins passed him before the 330-foot mark, then held on for the win, the two cars locked together for much of the race, especially on the top end..

Cody Perkins' incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.024), 330 ft(0.018), 660ft(0.031), 1,000ft(0.031). MOV: 0.0308 seconds (approximately 12 feet). He faces Thompson in the semifinals, Thompson has lane choice.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    4 Annie Whiteley                        799 Sean Bellemeur               
E2   ****WINNER****  0.094  5.514 260.76                     0.057  5.569 259.01
 Prior rounds:
E1    (B Hough     ) 0.095  5.532 259.61      (U Leanders  ) 0.035  5.644 257.04
 Qualified:             #2  5.530 260.01                       #10  5.572 258.37
This is the first time Whiteley and Bellemeur have faced each other at a national event.

Bellemeur had a nice holeshot and led almost to half track. Then Whitely took charge and pulled away for the win.

Annie Whiteley's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.024), 330 ft(-0.014), 660ft(0.003), 1,000ft(0.012). MOV: 0.0181 seconds (approximately 7 feet).


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    1 Frank Manzo                           237 Von Smith                    
E2   ****WINNER****  0.038  5.496 266.69                     0.047  5.584 260.51
 Prior rounds:
E1    (K Hool      ) 0.053  5.508 266.69      (J Rupert    ) 0.053  5.586 259.51
 Qualified:             #3  5.534 264.86                        #6  5.561 260.36
Manzo has a career-mark of 7-0 against Smith, 1-0 in round two.

This was all Manzo, first off the line and then running the first "forty" of the event. Manzo will have lane choice against Whiteley in the semifinals.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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