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Fri, 30 Sep 2005, 07:55 PM

Top Alcohol Funny Car Qualifying Notes, Session #2
By Rick Green

JOLIET, Ill. - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, Fifth annual Ameriquest Mortgage Route 66 NHRA Nationals listing lane, driver name, elapsed time/top speed this round, position in order following run, best prior elapsed time/speed, and position in order prior to run:
Left Lane: Jeff Burnett Runs 5.735/248.39, Now #12; Best prior run: 5.813/222.14, Was #14
Right Lane: Steve Franke Runs 6.459/178.78, Now #19; Best prior run: 6.370/224.81, Was #19

Franke with problems on the top end and it looks like we have oil. Burnett with a good looking pass.

Left Lane: Steve Gasparrelli Runs 5.599/252.80, Now #4; Best prior run: 7.918/128.84, Was #21
Right Lane: John Weaver Runs 5.722/250.13, Now #12; Best prior run: 9.978/83.53, Was #22

Gasparrelli with a nice run to go from the outside to the top half of the show. Weaver gets into the show and that bumps out Hagen and Lee.

Left Lane: Fred Hagen Runs 6.278/191.35, Now #17; Best prior run: 5.821/255.00, Was #17
Right Lane: Danny Townsend Runs 5.957/203.03, Now #6; Best prior run: 5.662/253.99, Was #6

Left Lane: Cy Chesterman Runs 5.649/253.37, Now #6; Best prior run: 5.690/257.24, Was #8
Right Lane: Tate Branch Runs 10.259/84.52, Now #16; Best prior run: 5.803/249.53, Was #16

Chesterman with a great pass to move up a couple spots.

Left Lane: Kirk Williams Runs 5.741/252.28, Now #10; Best prior run: 5.698/252.28, Was #10
Right Lane: Steve Harker Runs 5.769/252.43, Now #15; Best prior run: 5.786/254.62, Was #15

Left Lane: Doug Gordon Runs 12.525/64.32, Now #6; Best prior run: 5.613/253.47, Was #5
Right Lane: Frank Manzo Runs 5.592/259.66, Now #3; Best prior run: 5.718/258.12, Was #11

Gordon with problems early and clicked it off. Manzo with a great pass to move into the top half of the show.

Left Lane: Bob Newberry Runs 5.623/257.78, Now #2; Best prior run: 5.583/258.86, Was #2
Right Lane: Mark Billington Runs 12.374/65.99, Now #13; Best prior run: 5.735/251.67, Was #13

Billington with a lot of tire shake right off the starting line and clicked it off. Newberr with another good looking pass.

Left Lane: Vern Moats Runs 5.856/254.62, Now #19; Best prior run: 6.035/253.75, Was #19
Right Lane: Larry Miner Runs 9.273/113.15, Now #23; Best prior run: 10.094/81.64, Was #23

Miner with tire shake and shut it off. Moats with tire shake and pedals it a couple times.

Left Lane: Paul Lee Runs 5.748/254.47, Now #15; Best prior run: 5.849/229.12, Was #18
Right Lane: Mick Snyder Runs 5.640/255.73, Now #4; Best prior run: 5.599/256.02, Was #4

Snyder with another good pass. Lee moves into the field and bumps out Branch.

Right Lane: Rick Cortino Runs 8.114/125.49, Now #22; Best prior run: 6.404/224.40, Was #22

Cortino with a lot of tire shake and he pedaled it and then shook again and was out of the groove before he clicked it off.

Right Lane: Dennis Taylor Runs 5.775/241.89, Now #10; Best prior run: 5.695/243.99, Was #10

Taylor with another good looking pass.

Left Lane: Jay Payne Runs 6.476/155.69, Now #1; Best prior run: 5.569/259.91, Was #1
Right Lane: Bruce Carlson Runs 5.879/235.15, Now #20; Best prior run: 11.994/63.97, Was #24

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