MILLINGTON, Tenn. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Federal-Mogul Funny Car at the 12th annual AutoZone Nationals presented by Pennzoil:
Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed 1 Todd Paton 5.731 248.71 Q Bye *****WINNER***** 0.386 11.601 64.22 E15:00 PM With a nine-car ladder, Paton gets the first-round bye, but has the number two qualifier Frank Manzo on his side of the ladder - a mixed blessing at best. Paton launched, chattered the tires very hard about 100 feet out, and shut it off.
Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed 2 Frank Manzo 5.768 251.20 Q 9 Tony Carlisle 6.504 207.59 *****WINNER***** 0.446 5.811 248.61 E1 No TimeOf course, Carlisle drew an even worse spot on the ladder, facing Manzo in round one. This one was over early and often, Carlisle breaking something in the driveline and rolling just a few inches past the starting line. Manzo took a stroll in the park, the car right down the groove. Manzo has a bye run in round two
Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed 3 Marc White 5.783 249.67 Q 8 Steve Harker 6.270 249.07 No Time E1 *****WINNER***** 0.496 5.928 242.50White's car was dancing and skating all over the lane, finally taking out the 660-foot markers, both of them, ET and mph. Harker made a nice, clean pass. He might start getting paranoid, however - last weekend, in Topeka, Jay Payne crossed the centerline and hit the wall in Harker's lane
Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed 7 Chuck Cheeseman 5.980 247.29 Q 4 Vern Moats 5.874 246.08 *****WINNER***** 0.492 5.764 246.17 E1 0.555 5.897 247.70Moats was a bit tardy at the green, but it probably didn't matter, Cheeseman on a very stout pass to earn lane choice against Harker in round two - by 0.16 seconds (an eternity in drag racing).
Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed 5 Randy Fleming 5.942 245.85 Q 6 Todd Simpson 5.946 242.15 0.488 6.451 158.71 E1 *****WINNER***** 0.458 5.978 224.85The closest matchup of the round, but Fleming had this one in the bag by a tenth of a second at half track, but then it looked like the blower belt came off, the car nosing over and a cloud of raw fuel spewing from the headers. Simpson will have lane choice against Paton in round two.
NHRA: 10 Most Recent Entries
Feb 10- Amalie To Debut "XTERMIGATOR" Dragster
Feb 10- PHOENIX TESTING -Through the Lens of Ron Lewis
Feb 09- Funny Car Fan-Favorite Courtney Force Enters 2016 Season and Circle K NHRA Winternationals with High Hopes
Feb 09- Head Racing Inks Two-Race Deal with Western Sales Management Auctioneers
Feb 09- Prolong Sponsors NHRA Pro Stock Motorcycle Rider Freddie Camarena
Feb 08- Statement from Larry Morgan and Larry Morgan Racing
Feb 08- John Force Racing Wraps Up Successful Test Session in Phoenix
Feb 08- Alexis DeJoria Set to Make History at the 2016 NHRA Season Opener
Feb 08- Top Fuel Standout Richie Crampton Eager for Continued Success In 2016
Feb 07- An Interview with Tony Pedregon