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Sun, 03 Nov 2013, 14:42 PM

Top Alcohol Funny Car Round 1 Eliminations
By David Gerard

LAS VEGAS - Results of round 1 eliminations in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division, Las Vegas Gambler Showdown Division 7 Finale:

    6 Jay Payne                             806 Steve Harker                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.049  5.708 256.45                     0.114  9.037  97.49
 Qualified:             #4  5.598 257.04                        #5  5.610 260.21
11:16 a.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 73 degrees, relative humidity 26 percent, barometer 27.70 inches, adjusted altitude 3,877 feet, track temperature 102 degrees.

Payne is the 2013 Western Region Champion. He is currently tied with Steve Gasparrelli, but has the tie breaker. A win here just add to his points.

Harker's converter car shook the tires hard at the green and he has to lift.

Payne makes a strong clean pass for the easy win.

Jay Payne's incremental times: 60ft-0.987 sec., 330ft-2.560, 660ft-3.791/202.70 mph, 1,000ft-4.830.

  800 Ulf Leanders                           10 Shane Westerfield            
E1   ****WINNER****  0.145  5.615 263.26                           No Time      
 Qualified:             #3  5.582 261.88                        #6  5.625 256.21
Westerfield has an air line brake right as they are staring the car and has to be pushed. back.

Leanders' Monte Carlo leaves hard and starts to slide out towards the wall. He stays after it and drives back into the groove to run the top speed of the meet.

Ulf Leanders' incremental times: 60ft-1.007 sec., 330ft-2.556, 660ft-3.751/208.62 mph, 1,000ft-4.761.

    4 Annie Whiteley                          5 John Lombardo Jr.            
E1   ****WINNER****  0.097  5.630 256.26                     0.056  5.777 256.60
 Qualified:             #2  5.574 257.58                        #7  5.626 255.97
Lombardo gets the starting line advantage, but Whiteley is dead even at sixty feet. She has the power and pulls steadily ahead for a decisive win.

Leanders will have lane choice in round two.

Annie Whiteley's incremental times: 60ft-0.963 sec., 330ft-2.504, 660ft-3.719/204.17 mph, 1,000ft-4.752.
John Lombardo Jr.'s incremental times: 60ft-1.004 sec., 330ft-2.614, 660ft-3.861/200.92 mph, 1,000ft-4.901.

    2 Tony Bartone                           69 Clint Thompson               
E1                   0.124  5.670 259.26     ****WINNER****  0.067  5.604 257.04
 Qualified:             #1  5.563 259.91                        #8  5.628 255.53
Thompson leaves first and is never headed. He makes the best ET of the round and takes the easy win.

Bartone was late and then had his hands full with tire shake and spin . He slaps the pedal and gets it back in the groove, but Thompson is long gone.

Thompson will have lane choice by over a tenth on Payne next round.

Tony Bartone's incremental times: 60ft-0.961 sec., 330ft-2.551, 660ft-3.772/203.61 mph, 1,000ft-4.801.
Clint Thompson's incremental times: 60ft-0.963 sec., 330ft-2.502, 660ft-3.705/206.10 mph, 1,000ft-4.731.

11:35 a.m.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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