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Sun, 10 Nov 2002, 06:13 PM

Top Fuel Round 3 Eliminations
By Darryl Jackman





POMONA, Calif. - Results of round 3 eliminations in Top Fuel at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 38th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals:

Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   7 Doug Herbert        4.674 274.55  Q   11 Yuichi Oyama        4.864 266.27
   (D Grubnic   ) 0.503  5.054 276.80  E1   (K Bernstein ) 0.532  4.676 318.24
   (S Weis      ) 0.509  4.648 317.79  E2   (D Kalitta   ) 0.521  4.910 285.41
                  0.547 12.989  62.89  E3 *****WINNER***** 0.536  4.807 304.19

This would appear to be all Herbert on paper as he has lane choice by about three tenths of a second. I wonder if Oyama-san is going to Disneyland? Herbert moves about one car length and the rear tires are up in smoke. The run wasn't pretty for Oyama as he exploded an engine in the lights but Robert Rheel says they have the parts and they will be there for the final round. This could be an interesting post race interview.

Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
  16 Andrew Cowin        8.800   NS    Q    4 Cory McClenathan    4.615 320.28
   (D Russell   ) 0.517  4.638 319.67  E1   (J Smith     ) 0.497  9.179  91.75
   (J Head      ) 0.533  4.633 322.19  E2   (R Hartman-Sm) 0.503  4.636 317.72
                  0.524  4.643 316.90  E3 *****WINNER***** 0.487  4.670 309.42

Cory Mac rides a big holeshot to a trip to the final round. Cory left first by a big margin and Cowin simply ran out of real estate to catch him. Oyama will once again have to give up lane choice in the final round. To date he hasn't cared.





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