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Sun, 04 Nov 2012, 15:34 PM

Top Alcohol Funny Car Round 1 Eliminations
By Larry Sullivan

LAS VEGAS - Results of round 1 eliminations in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division, Short Line Express Gambler Shootout at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:

    8 Steve Gasparrelli                      62 Clint Thompson               
E1                   0.089 No Time           ****WINNER****  0.094  5.629 256.60
 Qualified:             #4  5.631 258.96                        #5  5.653 255.68
12:15 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 79 degrees, relative humidity 20 percent, barometer 28.07 inches, adjusted altitude 3,833 feet, track temperature 105 degrees.

Gasparrelli's car shook and danced, then went to the left and bounced off the wall. Meanwhile, Thompson was making his best run of the event and he gets the win light.

   10 Kris Hool                               6 John Lombardo Jr.            
E1                   0.162  5.712 256.11     ****WINNER****  0.090  5.702 255.34
 Qualified:             #7  5.670 257.28                        #2  5.604 257.38
After watching three losing runs in the left lane in TAD and one in TAFC, Lombardo's team decided to swap lanes, moving to the right side.

Hool was late, then made a good run, but lost by more than a car length. Lombardo's car was moving around a bit and he ran a tenth slower than his qualifying pace, so he may not have lane choice in the semifinals.

  744 Shane Westerfield                       2 Tony Bartone                 
E1                   0.036  5.676 254.81     ****WINNER****  0.037  5.588 256.31
 Qualified:             #8  5.672 254.18                        #1  5.550 262.49
Both drivers made nice runs here, but Bartone steadily pulled away to win by over a car length. He will have lane choice against Thompson in the semifinals.

  584 Annie Whiteley                          3 Jay Payne                    
E1   ****WINNER****  0.072  5.639 256.45                     0.078  9.254  93.10
 Qualified:             #6  5.662 255.63                        #3  5.619 258.52
Payne's car shook, danced, then made a hard move toward the centerline before he shut it off. Whiteley ,made her best run of the event and she will have lane choice against Lombardo in the semifinals.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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