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Sun, 21 Apr 2013, 14:18 PM

Top Alcohol Funny Car Round 2 Eliminations
By Rick Green

CONCORD, N.C. - Results of round 2 eliminations in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, Fourth annual Dollar General NHRA Four-Wide Nationals fueled by Full Throttle:

   35 Cassie Simonton                       500 Dale Brand                   
E2                   0.061  7.559 154.51     ****WINNER****  0.056  5.863 255.05
 Prior rounds:
E1    (A Bohl      ) 0.180  5.558 261.27      (B Naves     ) 0.075  5.528 262.28
 Qualified:            #10  5.694 255.97                        #2  5.530 262.33
Weather conditions: air temperature 68 degrees, relative humidity 35 percent, barometer 29.72 inches, adjusted altitude 1,249 feet, track temperature 102 degrees.

Brand is 1 - 0 against Simonton in prior events. Dale Brand's #2 starting spot is his best in his brief NHRA TAFC career. Brand with a slight starting line advantage, but never trailed as Simonton had a lot of tire shake right off the starting line.

    4 Annie Whiteley                         33 Ray Drew                     
E2                   0.065  5.572 258.07     ****WINNER****  0.060  5.564 259.61
 Prior rounds:
E1    (D Beers     ) 0.074  5.588 257.73      (M Rogers    ) 0.036  6.193 245.18
 Qualified:             #3  5.541 256.50                        #6  5.608 254.47
Five of the eight drivers still in contention have never won in the TAFC class. Only Foster, Manzo and Pomponio have won an NHRA national event.

This is the first time Whiteley and Drew have faced each other in eliminations. They leave together with Drew getting a slight advantage and never trailed to take the win in a great side-by-side drag race. Ray Drew's MOV: 0.0134 seconds (approximately 5 feet). Drew will have lane choice over Brand in the semifinal.

   36 Paul Noakes                             8 Chris Foster                 
E2   ****WINNER****  0.076  5.604 262.08                     0.036 11.381  73.83
 Prior rounds:
E1    (T Veney     ) 0.038  5.700 259.01                     0.125  5.476 262.64
 Qualified:             #8  5.628 259.61                        #1  5.476 263.10
Foster is 1 - 0 against Noakes in prior events. This is Chris Foster's first #1 qualifying spot. He becomes the 85th driver in class history to qualify #1. Foster with the starting line advantage, but then had problems early in the run and clicked it off.

   16 Dan Pomponio                            1 Frank Manzo                  
E2   ****WINNER****  0.013  5.549 261.32                    -0.003  5.510 266.32
 Prior rounds:
E1    (T Bogolo    ) 0.048  5.580 260.26      (M Ferriolo  ) 0.055  5.508 265.17
 Qualified:             #4  5.565 260.51                        #5  5.602 260.01
Pomponio is 1 - 0 against Manzo in prior events. For Frank Manzo, who qualified 12th at the Gatornationals and 5th here, it is the first time since 2005 that he went more than two races without being either the number one or two qualifier.

This is Dan Pomponio's best starting spot in his TAFC career. He comes into the race in first place in the points, with one national and two divisional wins.

Manzo for only the ninth time in his career he goes red and hands Pomponio the win. Pomponio with the quickest pass of the round and he will have lane choice over Noakes in the semifinal.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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