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Sat, 13 Jul 2013, 21:25 PM

Top Alcohol Funny Car Qualifying Notes, Final Session
By Jason Murray

WOODBURN, Ore. - Notes from final, round 3 qualifying in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Northwest Division, Les Schwab Challenge at Woodburn Dragstrip 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: Randy Parker Runs 10.530/106.10, Now #14; Best prior run: 6.170/186.21, Was #14
Right Lane: Dave Germain Runs 5.899/239.23, Now #12; Best prior run: 5.999/206.51, Was #13

5:55 pm. Jirka Kaplan is on the bump spot at 5.687. Both of these racers will need career bests to get into the show for tomorrow. The TAFC field this weekend is one of the toughest ever in the northwest. Parker spins the tires and he won't be racing on Sunday. Germain is on a good run but then he has a flash from under the car and that spelled the end of his weekend.

Dave Germain's incremental times: 60ft-1.034 sec., 330ft-2.641, 660ft-3.893/198.58 mph, 1,000ft-4.968.

Left Lane: John Lombardo Jr. Runs 5.651/260.11, Now #7; Best prior run: 5.883/205.57, Was #10
Right Lane: Terry Ruckman Runs 5.680/257.36, Now #9; Best prior run: 5.970/235.78, Was #13

Jirka Kaplan is on the bump spot at 5.687. Ruckman makes his best run of the weekend and he crosses the finish line first and gets into the field. But Lombardo goes even quicker and he bumps Ruckman out of the field. Lombardo goes all the way from 10th to 7th. Ruckman though goes off the end of the track. The driver is out of the car and he is ok.

John Lombardo Jr.'s incremental times: 60ft-0.983 sec., 330ft-2.567, 660ft-3.771/207.13 mph, 1,000ft-4.790.
Terry Ruckman's incremental times: 60ft-0.989 sec., 330ft-2.547, 660ft-3.768/202.93 mph, 1,000ft-4.806.

Left Lane: Jirka Kaplan Runs 5.788/254.59, Now #10; Best prior run: 5.687/256.84, Was #10
Right Lane: Russ Parker Runs 5.898/244.16, Now #12; Best prior run: 5.898/245.90, Was #12

Jay Payne is on the bump spot at 5.663. Kaplan has to pedal it as he shakes hard. Parker makes another solid run but he won't get into the show for tomorrow.

Jirka Kaplan's incremental times: 60ft-0.966 sec., 330ft-2.600, 660ft-3.854/200.44 mph, 1,000ft-4.904.
Russ Parker's incremental times: 60ft-0.993 sec., 330ft-2.604, 660ft-3.885/193.79 mph, 1,000ft-4.977.

Left Lane: Jay Payne Runs 5.673/258.32, Now #8; Best prior run: 5.663/258.47, Was #8
Right Lane: Shane Westerfield Runs 19.492/49.66, Now #11; Best prior run: 5.704/256.19, Was #11

Jay Payne is on the bump spot at 5.663. Payne wants off the bump and Westerfield wants in the show. Westerfield smokes the tires off the line. Payne makes a very good run, he did have to drive a bit at the 1000ft mark as the car started skating around a little.

Jay Payne's incremental times: 60ft-0.977 sec., 330ft-2.544, 660ft-3.766/203.94 mph, 1,000ft-4.801.
Shane Westerfield's incremental times: 60ft-1.438 sec., 330ft-6.300, 660ft-10.931/052.13 mph, 1,000ft-15.237.

Left Lane: Brian Hough Runs 5.710/260.26, Now #4; Best prior run: 5.638/262.23, Was #4
Right Lane: Sean Bellemeur Runs 5.655/256.99, Now #6; Best prior run: 5.644/256.26, Was #6

Both cars make very good runs. Bellemeur makes the better one and he will go into race day with very good info. Hough runs his slowest pass of the day.

Brian Hough's incremental times: 60ft-1.017 sec., 330ft-2.599, 660ft-3.817/205.43 mph, 1,000ft-4.845.
Sean Bellemeur's incremental times: 60ft-0.971 sec., 330ft-2.529, 660ft-3.744/204.40 mph, 1,000ft-4.780.

Left Lane: Doug Gordon Runs 5.708/255.82, Now #2; Best prior run: 5.615/257.80, Was #2
Right Lane: Steve Gasparrelli Runs 5.646/258.84, Now #5; Best prior run: 5.640/259.29, Was #5

Gordon drives through the tire shake, he car started to creep towards the centerline at 400ft and he had to drive it back into the center of lane. Gasparrelli makes another great run and he runs low et of the round so far.

Doug Gordon's incremental times: 60ft-0.949 sec., 330ft-2.537, 660ft-3.783/201.11 mph, 1,000ft-4.827.
Steve Gasparrelli's incremental times: 60ft-0.980 sec., 330ft-2.547, 660ft-3.754/205.99 mph, 1,000ft-4.780.

Left Lane: Clint Thompson Runs 13.662/81.40, Now #1; Best prior run: 5.604/261.09, Was #1
Right Lane: Annie Whiteley Runs 5.667/258.54, Now #3; Best prior run: 5.630/257.87, Was #3

Thompson spins the tires right off the line. Whiteley makes a very nice run but she will not improve on her time from earlier and she will go into tomorrow in the #3 spot.

Clint Thompson's incremental times: 60ft-1.137 sec., 330ft-4.674, 660ft-8.176/073.45 mph, 1,000ft-11.081.
Annie Whiteley's incremental times: 60ft-0.984 sec., 330ft-2.557, 660ft-3.767/205.62 mph, 1,000ft-4.797.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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