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Sat, 02 Nov 2013, 16:06 PM

Top Alcohol Funny Car Qualifying Notes, Session #2
By David Gerard

LAS VEGAS - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division, Las Vegas Gambler Showdown Division 7 Finale 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: John Evanchuk Runs 5.768/249.63, Now #14; Best prior run: 5.837/234.41, Was #14

12:33 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 73 degrees, relative humidity 26 percent, barometer 27.87 inches, adjusted altitude 3,719 feet, track temperature 96 degrees.

Jay Payne is on the bump spot at 5.665. Fifteen cars made a pass yesterday.

Evanchuk had engine issues down track yesterday and didn't make the show. The Monte Carlo is a little lazy off the line and can't pick up enough on the top end to get into the show. He stays #14.

John Evanchuk's incremental times: 60ft-1.006 sec., 330ft-2.576, 660ft-3.810/199.49 mph, 1,000ft-4.868.

Left Lane: Doug Gordon Runs 5.720/252.66, Now #12; Best prior run: 5.749/236.46, Was #13
Right Lane: Nick Januik Runs 10.576/78.03, Now #15; Best prior run: 14.174/70.77, Was #15

Januik gets further down track this time. The car moves out of the groove near the 330 lights and he tries to correct, but loses traction.

A clean pass for Gordon, but the car is well off it's normal pace and he can only move one spot up the ladder to #12.

Doug Gordon's incremental times: 60ft-0.989 sec., 330ft-2.559, 660ft-3.787/201.76 mph, 1,000ft-4.832.
Nick Januik's incremental times: 60ft-1.010 sec., 330ft-2.901, 660ft-5.248/092.82 mph, 1,000ft-7.876.

Left Lane: Steve Harker Runs 5.635/258.91, Now #6; Best prior run: 5.697/258.62, Was #10
Right Lane: Jirka Kaplan Runs 15.084/42.13, Now #13; Best prior run: 5.724/251.63, Was #13

Kaplan's car lifts the front end and then drives hard right towards the wall. He wisely dumps and coasts on down.

No drama for Harker. He has a strong leave and a clean finish to move four spots up the ladder into the current #6 spot.

Steve Harker's incremental times: 60ft-0.988 sec., 330ft-2.539, 660ft-3.742/205.72 mph, 1,000ft-4.767.

Left Lane: Jason Rupert Runs 5.670/253.04, Now #10; Best prior run: 5.674/255.48, Was #10
Right Lane: Steve Gasparrelli Runs 5.798/249.58, Now #11; Best prior run: 5.712/247.84, Was #11

John Lombardo Jr. is on the bump spot at 5.645.

No joy for either team. Rupert manages to pick up just 0.004, but will stay number ten.

Gasparrelli's Monte Carlo picked up some MPH, but lost a little ET. He stays number eleven.

Jason Rupert's incremental times: 60ft-0.959 sec., 330ft-2.513, 660ft-3.737/201.64 mph, 1,000ft-4.784.
Steve Gasparrelli's incremental times: 60ft-0.978 sec., 330ft-2.566, 660ft-3.825/195.96 mph, 1,000ft-4.895.

Left Lane: John Lombardo Jr. Runs 5.626/255.97, Now #6; Best prior run: 5.645/256.65, Was #8
Right Lane: Jay Payne Runs 5.598/257.04, Now #4; Best prior run: 5.665/256.02, Was #9

Payne was just bumped out and isn't having that. He powers on down the track on a clean pass and moves into the top half of the field for now.

Lombardo scores some space away from the bump spot, as he moves his NAPA Monte Carlo two spots up the ladder to the new #6 spot.

John Lombardo Jr.'s incremental times: 60ft-0.971 sec., 330ft-2.514, 660ft-3.720/204.91 mph, 1,000ft-4.749.
Jay Payne's incremental times: 60ft-0.960 sec., 330ft-2.489, 660ft-3.693/205.79 mph, 1,000ft-4.724.

Left Lane: Cody Perkins Runs 5.630/256.65, Now #8; Best prior run: 5.635/249.95, Was #9
Right Lane: Clint Thompson Runs 5.628/255.53, Now #7; Best prior run: 5.632/252.99, Was #7

Steve Harker is on the bump spot at 5.635.

Perkins car darts towards the center line, but still pick up just 0.005 in ET. That moves him up to the bump spot for now.

Thompson picks up a little ET and speed, but will stay #7 on a clean pass.

Cody Perkins' incremental times: 60ft-0.959 sec., 330ft-2.508, 660ft-3.720/204.11 mph, 1,000ft-4.753.
Clint Thompson's incremental times: 60ft-0.964 sec., 330ft-2.502, 660ft-3.715/204.14 mph, 1,000ft-4.749.

Left Lane: Annie Whiteley Runs 5.629/254.71, Now #2; Best prior run: 5.574/257.58, Was #2
Right Lane: Shane Westerfield Runs 17.039/51.76, Now #5; Best prior run: 5.626/257.19, Was #5

Cody Perkins is on the bump spot at 5.630.

Westerfield's Monte Carlo strikes the tires hard at the green and slows.

Whiteley's pass looked quicker and she stays number two.

Annie Whiteley's incremental times: 60ft-0.963 sec., 330ft-2.508, 660ft-3.715/204.85 mph, 1,000ft-4.748.

Left Lane: Tony Bartone Runs 5.563/259.91, Now #1; Best prior run: 5.574/259.76, Was #1
Right Lane: Ulf Leanders Runs 7.268/128.30, Now #3; Best prior run: 5.582/261.88, Was #3

We have a short delay, as Westerfield's car is towed off the track after the finish line.

Barton shows the RYCO power and improves on his prior best with a straight and clean pass to raise the #1 spot bar even higher.

Leanders car is strong off the line and then has the front end start to hunt. The car makes a big move towards the wall near the 330 lights and he has to pump the pedal to regain control. He wisely gives it up right after that.

Tony Bartone's incremental times: 60ft-0.968 sec., 330ft-2.490, 660ft-3.682/207.46 mph, 1,000ft-4.699.

1:00 p.m. Cody Perkins is on the bump spot at 5.630.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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