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Sun, 17 Mar 2013, 14:59 PM

Top Alcohol Funny Car Round 3 Eliminations
By Michael L. Jex





GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Results of round 3 eliminations in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 44th annual Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  500 Dale Brand                             16 Dan Pomponio                 
E3                   0.037  5.895 216.62     ****WINNER****  0.038  5.554 260.31
 Prior rounds:
E2    (F Manzo     ) 0.069  5.567 260.26      (J Lombardo  ) 0.011  5.601 260.26
E1    (C Simonton  ) 0.067  5.585 260.06      (J Bojec     ) 0.040  5.630 257.87
 Qualified:             #4  5.522 259.81                        #9  5.613 259.21
Weather conditions: air temperature 73 degrees, relative humidity 37 percent, barometer 29.86 inches, adjusted altitude 1,491 feet, track temperature 92 degrees.

Clouds have moved in, so the track has started to cool off some. Conditions are excellent for this round of TAFC.

Brand started trailing smoke out the left side about half track, it steadily grew in size and volume till it erupted in a huge cloud at the finish line. The trucks roll to clean up what didn't burn and is on the racetrack. 2:54 p.m.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   11 Todd Veney                            377 Paul Noakes                  
E3   ****WINNER****  0.065  5.755 212.16                    -0.012 11.044  74.82
 Prior rounds:
E2    (A Bohl      ) 0.059  5.603 256.84      (J Headley   ) 0.053  5.758 256.31
E1    (R Drew      ) 0.078  5.649 255.73      (M Ferro     ) 0.024  5.688 259.76
 Qualified:            #11  5.634 254.66                        #7  5.588 263.51
The heads up rivalry stands at 1-1 with these two drivers - bragging rights are also at stake...

Noakes too a big shot at the tree, and cut it a little too short. Veney had a flash of fire out the bottom right side of the engine at the top end and coasted the rest of the way. The track is dry, Pomponio will have lane choice in the final round against Veney. 3:08 p.m.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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