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Sat, 19 May 2012, 21:22 PM

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

NORWALK, Ohio - Notes from final, round 3 qualifying in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, North Central Division, B'laster Cavalcade of Stars presented by Budweiser 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: Fred Tigges Runs 5.792/253.42, Now #5; Best prior run: 7.739/123.31, Was #10

8:56 p.m. Tony Bogolo is on the bump spot at 5.963.

Tigges showed his experience, especially his experience running here, to salvage this run and get well into the field. His car started to rattle the tires about 200 feet out and he gave the throttle a quick slap to tame it down. That probably cost him a tenth of a second, but the rest of the run was picture-perfect.

Now Paul Noakes is on the bump spot at 5.849.

Left Lane: Tony Bogolo Runs 5.983/235.10, Now #10; Best prior run: 5.963/238.09, Was #9
Right Lane: Cassie Simonton Runs 5.657/257.58, Now #3; Best prior run: 9.325/110.64, Was #11

Bogolo failed to improve and his weekend is done. Simonton, however, made a string-straight, shake-free run to move into the top half of the field.

Now Brian Harvanek is on the bump spot at 5.814.

Left Lane: Brian Harvanek Runs 5.728/249.90, Now #5; Best prior run: 5.814/248.43, Was #8
Right Lane: John Hart Runs 6.035/238.17, Now #11; Best prior run: 6.321/238.26, Was #11

With a target on his back and the driver in the other lane taking aim at that target, Harvanek took no chances and ran right down the middle of the groove to get off the bump spot. Hart improved, but missed the field by quite a bit.

Now Andy Bohl is on the bump spot at 5.813.

Left Lane: Ray Drew No Time, Now #4; Best prior run: 5.665/259.81, Was #4
Right Lane: Paul Noakes Runs 5.732/254.09, Now #6; Best prior run: 5.849/252.61, Was #9

Noakes needed a good run to get back into the field, but Drew's car threw an extra hurdle at Noakes even before he made the run. Both cars made their burnouts, but Drew's apparently did not have any brakes and as he rolled slowly down the track, the engine went silent and the car stopped a few hundred feet past the finish line. Noakes backed up from the burnout and shut the car off while they cleared the track.

Noakes' crew checked the car and they decided to go ahead and make the run without refueling and without a second burnout.

They pulled it off - Noakes not only got in, he's safe because there aren't any cars in line to bump him out.

Now Fred Tigges is on the bump spot at 5.792.

Left Lane: Chris Foster Runs 5.627/256.99, Now #2; Best prior run: 5.635/256.36, Was #2
Right Lane: Andy Bohl Runs 5.788/252.14, Now #8; Best prior run: 5.813/249.58, Was #9

Bohl did just enough to get back into the field, replacing Tigges on the bump spot. That ends the bumping because the remaining cars are already qualified.

Left Lane: Fred Hagen Runs 8.464/119.22, Now #1; Best prior run: 5.537/258.47, Was #1
Right Lane: John Anderika Runs 5.670/254.57, Now #5; Best prior run: 5.760/253.47, Was #7

Hagen rattled the tires about 200 feet out and lifted. Anderika made a nice run and moved a couple spots up the ladder, but stayed in the bottom half.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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