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Sat, 16 Feb 2013, 19:47 PM

Top Alcohol Funny Car Round 1 Eliminations
By Rick Green





POMONA, Calif. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 53rd annual O'Reilly NHRA Winternationals presented by Super Start Batteries:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    5 John Lombardo Jr.                     799 Sean Bellemeur               
E1   ****WINNER****  0.052  5.533 262.33                     0.028  5.691 253.18
 Qualified:             #9  5.647 257.83                        #8  5.637 253.42
Weather conditions: air temperature 78 degrees, relative humidity 19 percent, barometer 28.88 inches, adjusted altitude 2,733 feet, track temperature 90 degrees.

Bellemeur is 2 - 0 against Lombardo Jr. in prior events. Bellemeur is out of the gate first, but Lombardo Jr. has the difference made up by the time they went by the Christmas tree.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   78 Doug Gordon                             2 Tony Bartone                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.032  5.590 257.19                     0.070  5.584 263.51
 Qualified:            #10  5.685 256.84                        #7  5.636 261.72
Bartone is 5 - 1 against Gordon in prior events. gordon is out of the gate first and holds on for the hole shot win. Gordon steps up with his quickest pass of the weekend. Doug Gordon's MOV: 0.0327 seconds (approximately 13 feet). Bartone with his quickest pass of the weekend in a losing effort.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 7238 Bret Williamson                         4 Annie Whiteley               
E1   ****WINNER****  0.032  5.705 252.43                     0.066  5.733 252.80
 Qualified:            #14  5.836 246.26                        #3  5.582 259.96
This is the first time Williamson and Whiteley have faced each other in eliminations. Williamson is out of the gate first and never trails for the win. Williamson with his quickest pass of the weekend as Whiteley slowed from her qualifying time.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   10 Shane Westerfield                     739 Hannes Wernhart              
E1   ****WINNER****  0.043  5.738 248.20                     0.034  8.487  74.64
 Qualified:             #1  5.563 257.73                       #16  6.899 196.73
Shane Westerfield's first #1 spot. He is the 85th driver to qualify #1 in TAFC. The #1 qualifier in TAFC has own the Winternationals 11 times since 1981. Wernhart is out of the gate first, but then just before half track there was a big bang and the chutes automatically deployed. Westerfield drove through some tire shake and takes the win. Westerfield will give up lane choice to Lombardo Jr. in the next round.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 6515 Brian Hough                             6 Jay Payne                    
E1                   0.059  6.036 183.64     ****WINNER****  0.009  5.750 254.28
 Qualified:             #2  5.575 260.56                       #15  5.990 247.84
Brain Hough ran career best speed in qualifying. Jay Payne's #15 starting spot is his lowest since he was #16 at the Winternationals in 1999, a span of 161 races. Payne with a great light and runs his quickest pass of the weekend for the win. Payne will have lane choice over Gordon in the next round.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 7976 Keeter Ray                            766 Jason Rupert                 
E1                   0.071  5.643 241.07     ****WINNER****  0.025  5.640 255.39
 Qualified:             #6  5.632 256.02                       #11  5.716 253.80
Rupert is 2 - 0 against Ray in prior events. Rupert is out of the gate first and never trailed for the win. Rupert with his quickest pass of the weekend...Jason Rupert's incremental times: 60ft-0.952 sec., 330ft-2.502, 660ft-3.720/203.25 mph, 1,000ft-4.760. Rupert will have lane choice over williamson in the next round.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    9 Steve Gasparrelli                     703 Mark Woznichak               
E1   ****WINNER****  0.058  5.662 258.32                     0.125  5.618 258.17
 Qualified:            #13  5.788 252.57                        #4  5.584 258.91
Woznichak is 2 - 1 against Gasparrelli in prior events. Gasparrelli with the starting line advantage and runs his quickest pass of the weekend for the hole shot win. Steve Gasparrelli's MOV: 0.0237 seconds (approximately 9 feet).

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  765 Bernie Harrington                     828 Leif Andreasson              
E1   ****WINNER****  0.187  9.640  90.05                           No Time      
 Qualified:            #12  5.763 232.51                        #5  5.626 255.73
This is the first time Harrington and Andreasson have faced each other in eliminations. Leif Andreasson's #5 spot is his highest in the 10 races that he has qualified for in the United States. Andreasson did the burnout and then as he was staging the car the crew shut him off. Harrington shook really hard right at the launch and got out of the groove and real close to the wall, but he lifted and reeled in groove and back in to coast to the win. He will give up lane choice to Gasparrelli in the next round.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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