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Sat, 08 Nov 2014, 21:06 PM

Top Alcohol Funny Car Qualifying Notes, Final Session
By Rick Green





LAS VEGAS - Notes from final, round 3 qualifying in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division, Short Line Express Market Gambler Shootout listing lane, driver name, elapsed time/top speed this round, position in order following run, best prior elapsed time/speed, and position in order prior to run:
Left Lane: Steve Harker Runs 5.582/263.00, Now #1; Best prior run: 10.973/76.15, Was #20
Right Lane: Bernie Harrington Runs 5.804/246.66, Now #17; Best prior run: 7.405/153.28, Was #19

Weather conditions: air temperature 84 degrees, relative humidity 26 percent, barometer 27.94 inches, adjusted altitude 3,892 feet, track temperature 84 degrees.

Harker launched hard and was able to get it to hook up and he goes to the number one spot. Steve Harker's incremental times: 60ft-0.991 sec., 330ft-2.530, 660ft-3.719/208.81 mph, 1,000ft-4.727. Harrington with his quickest pass of the weekend, but will not get in the show. This is his fastest pass this season. Bernie Harrington's incremental times: 60ft-0.949 sec., 330ft-2.550, 660ft-3.817/196.27 mph, 1,000ft-4.894.


Left Lane: Mark Tarabochia Runs 5.930/233.24, Now #19; Best prior run: 5.999/241.02, Was #19
Right Lane: Mike Drake Runs 18.880/37.40, Now #20; Best prior run: 6.009/238.68, Was #20

Tarabochia is drifting out of the groove and gets close to the centerline, but keeps it in his lane with his career quickest pass. Mark Tarabochia's incremental times: 60ft-0.997 sec., 330ft-2.615, 660ft-3.896/192.17 mph, 1,000ft-4.991. Drake with a lot of tire shake right at the hit.

Left Lane: John Cannuli Runs 5.892/241.20, Now #18; Best prior run: 5.883/223.88, Was #18
Right Lane: Hannes Wernhart Runs 14.337/66.14, Now #15; Best prior run: 5.802/247.02, Was #15

Cannuli in only his second event runs his career fastest pass. Wernhart with violent tire shake and clicks it off.

Left Lane: Shane Westerfield Runs 5.643/256.89, Now #5; Best prior run: 5.803/253.66, Was #16
Right Lane: Jay Payne Runs 5.764/254.18, Now #15; Best prior run: 5.768/255.73, Was #14

Westerfield is out of the groove and over by the centerline, but he does a great job keeping it his lane and getting in the show. Shane Westerfield's incremental times: 60ft-0.967 sec., 330ft-2.529, 660ft-3.742/204.45 mph, 1,000ft-4.769. Payne with his quickest pass of the weekend, but he will not get in the show.

Left Lane: Nick Januik Runs 5.628/257.28, Now #4; Best prior run: 5.742/253.95, Was #14
Right Lane: Greg Hunter Runs 5.754/254.14, Now #14; Best prior run: 5.706/256.06, Was #13

Januik launched hard and keep it hooked up to get into the top half of the show. Nick Januik's incremental times: 60ft-0.951 sec., 330ft-2.503, 660ft-3.719/203.61 mph, 1,000ft-4.753. No help here for Hunter and he will not get in the show.

Left Lane: Mike Doushgounian Runs 5.744/258.22, Now #13; Best prior run: 5.704/254.42, Was #12
Right Lane: Steve Gasparrelli Runs 5.682/259.51, Now #8; Best prior run: 5.705/256.36, Was #13

Doushgounian is out of the groove and runs his fastest pass of the weekend, but will not get in the show. Mike Doushgounian's incremental times: 60ft-1.058 sec., 330ft-2.627, 660ft-3.842/204.66 mph, 1,000ft-4.872. Gasparrelli with a real nice pass to get in the show...in on the bubble. Steve Gasparrelli's incremental times: 60ft-1.006 sec., 330ft-2.575, 660ft-3.787/205.32 mph, 1,000ft-4.814.

Left Lane: Jonnie Lindberg Runs 5.651/258.37, Now #8; Best prior run: 5.687/259.21, Was #10
Right Lane: Annie Whiteley Runs 14.339/79.08, Now #12; Best prior run: 5.700/257.38, Was #12

Lindberg launched hard and makes a great pass to get in the show. Jonnie Lindberg's incremental times: 60ft-0.979 sec., 330ft-2.557, 660ft-3.760/206.67 mph, 1,000ft-4.781. Whiteley with severe tire shake right at the hit and she will not get in the show.

Left Lane: Jirka Kaplan Runs 5.632/257.04, Now #5; Best prior run: 5.649/256.94, Was #7
Right Lane: Terry Ruckman Runs 5.694/256.16, Now #11; Best prior run: 5.689/256.06, Was #11

Kaplan launched hard and keep it hooked up to make his quickest pass of the weekend to move up the ladder two spots. Jirka Kaplan's incremental times: 60ft-0.968 sec., 330ft-2.519, 660ft-3.726/204.94 mph, 1,000ft-4.757. Ruckman with another good pass, but will not improve and will not get in the show. Terry Ruckman's incremental times: 60ft-0.977 sec., 330ft-2.550, 660ft-3.775/202.45 mph, 1,000ft-4.815.

Left Lane: John Lombardo Jr. Runs 10.187/81.43, Now #3; Best prior run: 5.617/260.81, Was #3
Right Lane: Doug Gordon Runs 9.594/90.03, Now #10; Best prior run: 5.685/254.18, Was #10

Lombardo Jr. made a quick move toward the wall and clicked it off. Lombardo Jr. will stay number three for now. Gordon made a quick move toward the wall and clicked it off. Gordon will not get in the show.

Left Lane: Tony Bartone Runs 5.611/257.19, Now #3; Best prior run: 5.615/259.86, Was #2
Right Lane: Ulf Leanders Runs 5.554/260.16, Now #1; Best prior run: 5.633/258.86, Was #6

Bartone with another great pass, his quickest pass of the weekend, but will stay in the number three spot. Tony Bartone's incremental times: 60ft-0.968 sec., 330ft-2.509, 660ft-3.712/205.72 mph, 1,000ft-4.739. Leanders launched hard and keep it hooked up to go to the number one spot. Ulf Leanders' incremental times: 60ft-0.976 sec., 330ft-2.499, 660ft-3.685/209.75 mph, 1,000ft-4.696.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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