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Sun, 09 Feb 2014, 17:55 PM

Top Alcohol Funny Car Round 3 Eliminations
By David Gerard

POMONA, Calif. - Results of round 3 eliminations in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 54th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals:

   68 Clint Thompson                        799 Sean Bellemeur               
E3                   0.054  5.911 249.63     ****WINNER****  0.008  5.729 252.76
 Prior rounds:
E2    (J Payne     ) 0.088 11.169  76.17      (N Januik    ) 0.035  5.685 258.07
E1    (M Woznichak ) 0.049  5.580 257.58      (B Williamson) 0.039  5.848 187.83
 Qualified:             #8  5.622 251.02                       #12  5.686 258.42
2:43 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 63 degrees, relative humidity 57 percent, barometer 29.00 inches, adjusted altitude 1,825 feet, track temperature 76 degrees.

Thompson and Bellemeur have each won 2 times against the other in prior events.

Bellemeur nails the tree with a 0.008 light and then has a quick pedal slap. Thompson has his own problem and is in and out too. Bellemeur has the momentum and stays out in front to the finish line.

Sean Bellemeur's incremental margins: 60ft(0.052), 330 ft(0.157), 660ft(0.226), 1,000ft(0.227). MOV: 0.2287 seconds (approximately 84 feet).

Clint Thompson's incremental times: 60ft-0.958 sec., 330ft-2.671, 660ft-3.956/196.76 mph, 1,000ft-5.017.
Sean Bellemeur's incremental times: 60ft-0.952 sec., 330ft-2.560, 660ft-3.776/203.16 mph, 1,000ft-4.836.

   64 Brian Hough                           800 Ulf Leanders                 
E3   ****WINNER****  0.077  5.585 257.83                           No Time      
 Prior rounds:
E2    (J Lombardo J) 0.045  5.564 257.24      (S Gasparrell) 0.055  5.675 241.24
E1    (G Hunter    ) 0.050  5.674 239.74      (J Lindberg  ) 0.064  5.857 258.27
 Qualified:            #10  5.635 254.66                       #14  5.800 257.09
This was to be the first time Hough and Leanders have faced each other in eliminations, but Leanders is a no show.

Hough makes a strong single for lane choice. The Mustang moves around on the top end.

Brian Hough's incremental times: 60ft-0.950 sec., 330ft-2.479, 660ft-3.681/205.16 mph, 1,000ft-4.711.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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