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Sun, 12 Nov 2017, 17:21 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, 53rd annual Auto Club NHRA Finals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    8 Annie Whiteley                          5 Terry Ruckman                
E3   ****WINNER****  0.090  5.478 270.70                     0.036  5.592 256.02
 Prior rounds:
E2    (C Marshall  ) 0.083  5.453 271.13      (U Leanders  ) 0.038  5.491 268.33
E1    (B Williamson) 0.130  5.410 273.05      (J Payne     ) 0.037  5.549 266.42
 Qualified:             #2  5.414 273.27                        #6  5.524 269.24
2:12 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 71 degrees, relative humidity 53 percent, barometer 28.91 inches, adjusted altitude 2,578 feet, track temperature 84 degrees.

Whiteley and Ruckman have each won 1 times against the other in prior events.

Lots of snaking around going down the track for both cars.

Ruckman gets a big starting line advantage and holds off a charging Whiteley until right after mid-track. She powers on by for close win.

Annie Whiteley's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.056), 330 ft(-0.047), 660ft(-0.013), 1,000ft(0.026). MOV: 0.0606 seconds (approximately 23 feet).

Annie Whiteley's incremental times: 60ft-0.962 sec., 330ft-2.495, 660ft-3.663/213.33 mph, 1,000ft-4.647.
Terry Ruckman's incremental times: 60ft-0.960 sec., 330ft-2.502, 660ft-3.704/204.42 mph, 1,000ft-4.727.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    3 John Lombardo Jr.                       4 Shane Westerfield            
E3   ****WINNER****  0.053  5.425 270.97                     0.026  5.479 267.64
 Prior rounds:
E2    (B Hough     ) 0.057  5.446 269.19      (D Gordon    ) 0.020  5.489 266.48
E1    (S Bellemeur ) 0.077  5.430 270.81      (K Hool      ) 0.039  5.538 267.75
 Qualified:             #1  5.409 272.83                        #4  5.491 269.08
Westerfield is 5 - 4 against Lombardo Jr. in prior events.

Westerfield gets away first, but is no match for Lombardo after half track and has to give the narrow eleven foot win to Lombardo.

Lombardo will have lane choice over Whiteley in the final round.

John Lombardo Jr.'s incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.028), 330 ft(-0.018), 660ft(0.002), 1,000ft(0.017). MOV: 0.0278 seconds (approximately 11 feet).

John Lombardo Jr.'s incremental times: 60ft-0.940 sec., 330ft-2.453, 660ft-3.611/214.48 mph, 1,000ft-4.594.
Shane Westerfield's incremental times: 60ft-0.939 sec., 330ft-2.462, 660ft-3.640/211.06 mph, 1,000ft-4.638.

2:17 p.m.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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