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Sun, 10 Nov 2002, 08:47 PM

Top Alcohol Funny Car Round 3 Eliminations
By Dave Gerard





POMONA, Calif. - Results of round 3 eliminations in Top Alcohol Funny Car 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
   2 Tate Branch         5.663 252.90  Q    3 Steve Gasparrelli   5.717 251.30
   (B Williamson) 0.440  5.673 252.05  E1   (J Rupert    ) 0.468  5.702 251.02
   (M Andreotti ) 0.471  5.742 249.26  E2   (M Littlefiel) 0.503  5.696 247.70
                  0.448  6.249 166.29  E3 *****WINNER***** 0.464  5.672 254.95

5:32 PM Branch has had the better reaction times today and nails Gasparrelli by .02 this round. He leads him down the track until right at the 660 foot lights, where there is a flash and bang from the engine and he slows. Gasparrelli is only .011 behind him at that point and improves on his prior times to take the win.

Looks like no oil on the track.

Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   5 Doug Gordon         5.774 240.59  Q    1 Bucky Austin        5.621 254.09
   (J Payne     ) 0.465  5.754 249.03  E1   (M White     ) 0.502  5.630 256.36
   (B Harrington) 0.480  5.821 221.34  E2                  0.513  5.681 255.77
                  0.444  5.734 243.63  E3 *****WINNER***** 0.503  5.646 256.65

Good race! Gordon is away first and gives Austin a run for his money. They were dead even at the 1000 foot lights and Gordon's engine starts to leave a trail of smoke to past the finish line. Austin will have lane choice in the final.





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