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Fri, 12 Nov 2010, 09:16 PM

Top Alcohol Funny Car Qualifying Notes, Final Session
By Larry Sullivan

POMONA, Calif. - Notes from final, round 3 qualifying in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, 46th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals 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: Keeter Ray Runs 5.627/255.92, Now #9; Best prior run: 9.429/99.54, Was #21
Right Lane: Mike Drake Runs 6.636/169.10, Now #19; Best prior run: 7.450/128.74, Was #18

5:29 p.m. Brian Smith is on the bump at 5.754 to open the final qualifying session.

Ray went right down the groove with no visible problems (it's dark out there) and into the field. Drake was way out next to the wall and did not improve enough to do him any good.

Now John Lombardo Jr. is on the bump spot at 5.745.

Left Lane: Clint Thompson Runs 5.945/200.38, Now #19; Best prior run: 8.716/102.88, Was #21
Right Lane: Brian Smith Runs 5.831/247.52, Now #17; Best prior run: 5.754/251.58, Was #17

Thompson's car was moving around a lot and was close to the centerline a couple of times, but did nto appear to cross it. Doesn't matter much, he was not quick enough to make the field. Smith failed to improve, is currently the first alternate.

Left Lane: Alexis De Joria Runs 5.582/261.42, Now #4; Best prior run: 8.247/94.97, Was #21
Right Lane: Brian Hough Runs 5.649/248.75, Now #14; Best prior run: 5.664/257.38, Was #13

Weather conditions: air temperature 70 degrees, relative humidity 29 percent, barometer 29.10 inches, adjusted altitude 2,055 feet, track temperature 74 degrees.

DeJoria got it all sorted out on this run, right down the groove and into the top part of the field. Hough also made a good run, improved slightly, but lost ground when DeJoria bumped into the field and it looks like Hough lost the engine in the lights, the equipment is rolling to work on his lane.

Now Shane Westerfield is on the bump spot at 5.699.

Left Lane: Sean Bellemeur Runs 5.666/253.85, Now #15; Best prior run: 5.816/241.76, Was #19
Right Lane: John Bojec Runs 5.687/256.41, Now #13; Best prior run: 5.646/251.81, Was #13

Two good runs, Bellemeur bumping into the field. Bojec did not improve, but ran close to his best run yesterday.

Now Ken Webster is on the bump spot at 5.678.

Left Lane: John Lombardo Jr. Runs 5.544/262.18, Now #3; Best prior run: 5.745/255.87, Was #18
Right Lane: Mark Woznichak Runs 5.660/258.02, Now #12; Best prior run: 5.639/253.85, Was #11

Lombardo's team came through under pressure and he went from the outside to near the top of the list. Woznichak failed to improve, lost one spot.

Left Lane: Ken Webster Runs 8.413/100.60, Now #17; Best prior run: 5.678/251.67, Was #17
Right Lane: Brent Henry Runs 5.698/231.83, Now #10; Best prior run: 5.624/247.57, Was #10

Lombardo's run put Sean Bellemeur on the bump spot at 5.666. Webter was on a strong early pace, but there were some expensive sounds from his car near half track and he slowed. Henry made a good run, but failed to improve.

Left Lane: Jay Payne Runs 5.575/258.86, Now #5; Best prior run: 5.639/248.29, Was #13
Right Lane: Steve Burck Runs 5.590/256.60, Now #8; Best prior run: 5.619/253.66, Was #9

Both drivers came up with their best effort of the weekend to move into the top half of the field and now the top eight are all in the fifties or better.

Left Lane: Bret Williamson Runs 12.028/77.08, Now #10; Best prior run: 5.618/254.38, Was #10
Right Lane: Steve Gasparrelli Runs 9.960/87.79, Now #7; Best prior run: 5.582/258.62, Was #7

Oh-for-two, both cars losing traction early in the run.

Left Lane: Doug Gordon Runs 5.537/260.76, Now #3; Best prior run: 5.599/256.99, Was #9
Right Lane: Tony Bartone Runs 5.449/266.00, Now #1; Best prior run: 5.513/262.59, Was #2

Gordon made a great run, Bartone made an unbelievable run.

Doug Gordon's incremental times: 60ft-0.932 sec., 330ft-2.468, 660ft-3.660/208.59 mph, 1,000ft-4.675.
Tony Bartone's incremental times: 60ft-0.933 sec., 330ft-2.431, 660ft-3.604/211.46 mph, 1,000ft-4.603. Those are not only career-best numbers for "T-Bone,." his ET eclipses Bob Tasca III's quickest-ever 5.451 ET and his speed eclipses Frank Manzo's fastest-ever 265.74 mph speed. In addition, his first-run 264.18 mph speed is fast enough to back up the 266.00 as the speed record.

Left Lane: Sean O'Bannon Runs 5.520/260.31, Now #3; Best prior run: 5.558/252.80, Was #5
Right Lane: Mickey Ferro Runs 5.477/263.20, Now #2; Best prior run: 5.489/259.61, Was #2

Two more outstanding runs, but they will have to settle for second and third, leaving Bartone in a class by himself at the top of the list.

Mickey Ferro's incremental times: 60ft-0.928 sec., 330ft-2.428, 660ft-3.612/208.81 mph, 1,000ft-4.622.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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