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Sat, 6 Oct 2001, 07:34 PM

READING - Federal-Mogul Funny Car Round 1 Eliminations
By Jim Samuel





MOHNTON, Pa. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Federal-Mogul Funny Car at the 17th annual Pep Boys NHRA Nationals presented by Greased Lightning:

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
  14 Darrel Cox         28.000   NS    Q    1 Frank Manzo         5.690 247.97
                  0.000 No Time        E1 *****WINNER***** 0.483  5.606 255.92
Race officials cancelled the third round of qualifying for the Federal-Mogul Funny Car class to make up for the time delays caused by this morning's rain. As the first round of eliminations started, the temperature is 60-degrees and the humidity has dropped to 51 percent. Cox did not make the call, so Manzo made the run by himself. because there are only 14 cars in the field, Manzo will get a second-round by so he won't run against another car until round three.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
  13 Scott Woodington    6.474 190.83  Q    2 Bob Newberry        5.715 251.58
                  0.022  9.608  80.19  E1 *****WINNER***** 0.502  6.648 149.07
As the 13th qualifier for the field, Woodington drew the unenviable task of running against Bob Newberry in round one. Woodington didn't last long as he left the line way too early. Newberry did not have a good run and shut off at about 800 feet.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
  12 Michael Ferro       6.341 210.18  Q    3 Von Smith           5.754 248.07
                  0.493  7.613 119.80  E1 *****WINNER***** 0.480  5.699 253.90
Ferro shook the tires hard at 330 feet and had to steer hard to the left to keep from hitting the center line. He got loose and managed to keep from hitting the outside wall.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
  11 Bruce Peterson Jr.  6.047 233.40  Q    4 Marc White          5.755 235.23
                  0.583  5.986 230.80  E1 *****WINNER***** 0.494  5.642 254.04
White shook the tires off the start but managed to stay with it for the win. Peterson got loose and had to back off just a bit to maintain control.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
  10 Ed Fisher           6.046 231.64  Q    5 Paul Gill           5.765 248.39
                  0.835  6.546 228.15  E1 *****WINNER***** 0.490  5.640 254.71
Fishers car started to move at the lights so he hit the brakes to keep from crossing the line. Just as he did, the green light came on and Gill was long gone by the time Fisher got underway. Gill won lane choice in round two over Marc White.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   9 Eric Lourie         5.990 243.77  Q    6 Fred Tigges         5.856 241.54
 *****WINNER***** 0.511  6.034 234.17  E1                  0.460  6.088 240.29
Both cars shook the tires off the line but Tigges shook them worse. Lourie took the lead after the 330-foot mark and kept it the rest of the way. Lourie won the race but he lost lance choice in round two to Von Smith. Margin of victory = 0.003 seconds (approximately 13 inches).

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   8 Bobby Martin        5.970 240.21  Q    7 Todd Veney          5.864 244.52
                  0.000 No Time        E1 *****WINNER***** 0.495 11.381  74.01
Martin did not answer the call so Veney had a single run to advance to round two. That was good luck for Veney because he shook the tires hard as he came off the line and shut down early. In the second round, Bob newberry will have lane choice over Veney.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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