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Sat, 16 Feb 2013, 12:19 PM

Top Alcohol Funny Car Round 1 Eliminations
By Larry Sullivan

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Southeast Division, Prelude to the Gators at Auto Plus Raceway at Gainesville:

   11 Todd Veney                             19 John Headley                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.105  6.327 217.32                     0.196  6.309 181.01
 Qualified:             #2  5.598 259.31                        #5  8.525  91.63
Weather conditions: air temperature 59 degrees, relative humidity 53 percent, barometer 29.76 inches, adjusted altitude 650 feet, track temperature 65 degrees.

Veney had a good run in the first qualifying session, then struggled with tire shake. Headley shook on his only qualifying attempt, then skipped the last two sessions.

Veney had the better of two unimpressive lights, but he backpedaled about 100 feet out to get through shake and Headley took the lead. Veney got the car hooked back up and chased Headley in what looked like a lost cause until there was a loud BANG from Headley's car as the supercharger let go. That let Veney go by for the win, his holeshot making the difference in a tight finish.

Todd Veney's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(0.112), 330 ft(-0.107), 660ft(-0.163), 1,000ft(-0.111). MOV: 0.0734 seconds (approximately 19 feet).

 2063 Mark Rogers                             7 Kris Hool                    
E1                   0.061 No Time           ****WINNER****  0.151  5.691 259.36
 Qualified:             #6  9.649  55.77                        #1  5.598 261.62
Hool made good runs on his two qualifying runs, while Rogers popped a burst panel on one and had problems on his second try.

Rogers spun the tires, then lost the blower belt and coasted slowly through. Meanwhile, Hool made a great run for the conditions (lots of power, marginal traction), his car initially making left and right moves before settling down.

Kris Hool's incremental times: 60ft-0.951 sec., 330ft-2.543, 660ft-3.781/201.04 mph, 1,000ft-4.823. He gets a bye to the finals.

   16 Dan Pomponio                            3 Mickey Ferro                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.057  5.710 255.82                     0.050  7.319 171.88
 Qualified:             #3  5.715 253.37                        #4  5.740 252.47
Last pair, very closely matched during qualifying.

This wasn't close, Ferro up in smoke immediately. Meanwhile, Pomponio looked like a bracket racer, running 5.71 on all three of his runs at this event. He will have lane choice against Veney in the semifinals.

Dan Pomponio's incremental times: 60ft-0.977 sec., 330ft-2.563, 660ft-3.793/201.70 mph, 1,000ft-4.833.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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