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Sun, 10 Nov 2013, 19:44 PM

Top Alcohol Funny Car Final, Round 4 Eliminations
By Larry Sullivan

POMONA, Calif. - Results of final, round 4 eliminations in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 49th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals:

    1 Frank Manzo                            69 Clint Thompson               
E4   ****WINNER****  0.047  5.531 265.06                     0.031  6.758 161.59
 Prior rounds:
E3    (A Whiteley  ) 0.044  5.522 266.21      (C Perkins   ) 0.054  5.646 247.75
E2    (V Smith     ) 0.038  5.496 266.69      (M Woznichak ) 0.037  5.548 261.83
E1    (K Hool      ) 0.053  5.508 266.69      (T Bartone   ) 0.059  5.560 260.41
 Qualified:             #3  5.534 264.86                        #8  5.563 259.91
4:33 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 79 degrees, relative humidity 19 percent, barometer 28.93 inches, adjusted altitude 2,789 feet, track temperature 87 degrees.

Thompson has been to eight national event final rounds, with five prior wins. This is his first final for the 2013 season.

Manzo has been to 129 career TAFC final rounds, with 103 prior wins. This is his sixth final round of the season, with four prior wins. He also had one national event win in Pro Comp, prior to the creation of the TAFC category. He has announced his retirement, so this is his final round as a driver. This is the second time he's been in the final round at the final race of the year here at Pomona, losing to Brad Anderson in the '86 Finals. He is no stranger to the winner's circle at Pomona, winning the Winternationals here three times.

Thompson's crew worked hard between rounds, replacing burned pistons to make the call for this historic round, but his luck ran out in the middle of the run and he slowed. Manzo took the lead in the first 60 feet and he went right down the middle of the groove for his final (105th) win.

Frank Manzo's incremental times: 60ft-0.946 sec., 330ft-2.474, 660ft-3.668/207.56 mph, 1,000ft-4.679.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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