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Sat, 21 May 2016, 16:27 PM

Top Alcohol Funny Car Round 1 Eliminations
By Rick Green





TOPEKA, Kan. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 28th annual NHRA Kansas Nationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  468 Jeff Jones                              9 Kris Hool                    
E1   ****WINNER****  0.094  5.620 260.71                    -0.044  5.612 261.02
 Qualified:             #6  5.631 252.99                        #7  5.639 261.32
Weather conditions: air temperature 75 degrees, relative humidity 47 percent, barometer 28.95 inches, adjusted altitude 2,775 feet, track temperature 110 degrees.

This is the first time Jones and Hool have faced each other in eliminations. Hool goes red and Jones gets the easy win. Jones gets his first round win in only his second National event. Jones with his quickest pass of the weekend.Jeff Jones' incremental times: 60ft-0.988 sec., 330ft-2.535, 660ft-3.735/207.72 mph, 1,000ft-4.756.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 6345 Clint Thompson                        771 Charles McLaws               
E1   ****WINNER****  0.128  5.577 260.81                     0.125  5.821 251.25
 Qualified:             #4  5.564 262.49                        #9  5.875 254.28
This is the first time Thompson and McLaws have faced each other in eliminations. They leave together with McLaws getting a few ticks advantage. McLaws makes a quick move toward the wall, but reels it in and runs his his quickest pass of the weekend in the losing effort. Thompson launched hard and was straight down the groove, just off his qualifying time for the win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   77 Steve Gasparrelli                      49 Nancy Matter                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.078  5.601 259.96                     0.097  5.792 246.84
 Qualified:             #3  5.562 260.16                       #10  5.881 231.83
Gasparrelli is 1 - 0 against Matter in prior events. Gasparrelli with the starting line advantage and never trailed for the win. He will give up lane choice to Thompson in the next round. Matter was straight down the groove with her quickest pass of the season in the losing effort.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   10 Jay Payne                             556 Lance Van Hauen              
E1   ****WINNER****  0.145  5.574 263.92                     0.258  5.742 254.62
 Qualified:             #5  5.567 264.91                        #8  5.768 249.03
Payne is 4 - 0 against Van Hauen in prior events. Payne with the starting line advantage and never trailed for the win. Van Hauen with his quickest pass of the weekend and career fastest pass in the losing effort. Lance Van Hauen's incremental times: 60ft-1.008 sec., 330ft-2.581, 660ft-3.811/201.61 mph, 1,000ft-4.857.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  440 Steve Burck                             4 Doug Gordon                  
E1                   0.143  5.666 256.21     ****WINNER****  0.114  5.530 265.53
 Qualified:            #11 10.167  78.64                        #2  5.521 264.96
This is the first time Burck and Gordon have faced each other in eliminations. Gordon with the starting line advantage and the win. He will have lane choice over Payne in the next round. Burck with his quickest and fastest pass of the weekend in the losing effort.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  729 Nick Januik                          2606 Mark Billington              
E1                   0.036  6.092 251.25     ****WINNER****  0.070  5.840 248.98
 Qualified:             #1  5.495 267.11                       #12 10.257  85.75
Januik is 1 - 0 against Billington in prior events. Januik with the starting line advantage, but then the car pulls the front wheel and gets real loose, he fights it and attempts to get it to settle down, but Billington is straight down the groove with his quickest and fastest pass of the weekend for the win. He will give up lane choice to Jones in the next round.

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