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Sun, 17 Sep 2000, 04:00 PM

READING - Top Fuel Round 3 Eliminations
By Larry Sullivan





MOHNTON, Pa. - Results of round 3 eliminations in Top Fuel at the 16th annual Keystone Nationals:

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   2 Gary Scelzi         4.554 321.27  Q    6 Doug Herbert        4.613 316.97
   (R Pustari   ) 0.461  4.615 315.86  E1   (D Grubnic   ) 0.529  5.074 251.67
   (K Bernstein ) 0.489  4.687 304.46  E2   (M Troxel    ) 0.518  7.455 131.47
 *****WINNER***** 0.502  4.634 308.57  E3                  0.472  5.463 172.47
3:53 PM We open the semifinals with a pair of red, white, and black cars. Herbert got the advantage at the green, but Scelzi quickly ate into that lead and then went by for an easy win when Herbert started to smoke the tires at half track.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   9 Bob Vandergriff     4.630 314.61  Q    4 Joe Amato           4.579 312.93
   (C McClenatha) 0.509  4.726 262.44  E1   (R Hartman-Sm) 0.501  4.697 291.82
   (T Schumacher) 0.480  4.683 302.28  E2   (A Cowin     ) 0.481  4.729 293.98
                  0.503  4.708 303.30  E3 *****WINNER***** 0.492  4.665 311.56
This race is almost in Amato's back yard, so he dearly wants to do good before his friends and neighbors. He will get his chance in the finals, winning this very good race on the top half of the run, Vandergriff ahead early and then falling back from half track on, the margin of victory = 0.054 seconds (approximately 24 feet). Scelzi will have lane choice against Amato when they meet a little over an hour-and-a-half from now.




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