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Sun, 14 Apr 2019, 16:11 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, event at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway:

    5 Doug Gordon                           729 Nick Januik                  
E1                   0.085  5.542 268.60     ****WINNER****  0.023  5.569 261.57
 Qualified:             #2  5.524 269.13                        #7  5.707 259.46
12:56 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 79 degrees, relative humidity 23 percent, barometer 27.79 inches, adjusted altitude 4,153 feet, track temperature 116 degrees.

Nick Januik gets a big starting line advantage and holds off a stronger Gordon to take the hole shot win. MOV: 0.0353 seconds (approximately 14 feet).

Gordon made a valiant effort, but his RT cost him the win.

Doug Gordon's incremental times: 60ft-0.967 sec., 330ft-2.522, 660ft-3.705/210.11 mph, 1,000ft-4.703.
Nick Januik's incremental times: 60ft-0.949 sec., 330ft-2.490, 660ft-3.690/206.07 mph, 1,000ft-4.709.

    2 Shane Westerfield                      69 Ray Martin                   
E1   ****WINNER****  0.068  5.542 266.69                     0.063  5.657 258.71
 Qualified:             #3  5.565 264.70                        #6  5.650 256.31
They leave just 0.005 apart at the green, with Martin getting the narrow lead.

Westerfield is out in front before the 60' lights and pull steadily ahead to take a big win. He will have lane choice over Januik next round.

Martin runs close to his qualifying times to no avail.

Shane Westerfield's incremental times: 60ft-0.968 sec., 330ft-2.513, 660ft-3.697/210.05 mph, 1,000ft-4.697.
Ray Martin's incremental times: 60ft-0.975 sec., 330ft-2.548, 660ft-3.761/204.60 mph, 1,000ft-4.788.

 7735 Steve Gasparrelli                       1 Sean Bellemeur               
E1                   0.047  5.649 261.78     ****WINNER****  0.001  5.562 265.59
 Qualified:             #4  5.609 263.72                        #5  5.618 264.80
Sean Bellemeur nails the tree with a super 0.001 light and slowly pulls steadily ahead to take the win. MOV: 0.1332 seconds (approximately 51 feet).

Gasparrelli is just little off his prior best on a strong pass.

Steve Gasparrelli's incremental times: 60ft-0.985 sec., 330ft-2.548, 660ft-3.760/204.66 mph, 1,000ft-4.788.
Sean Bellemeur's incremental times: 60ft-0.972 sec., 330ft-2.517, 660ft-3.707/208.46 mph, 1,000ft-4.714.

  810 Robert Turner                           4 Chris Marshall               
E1   ****WINNER****  0.059  5.843 246.30                     0.050  6.128 258.57
 Qualified:             #8  5.828 245.72                        #1  5.443 269.51
Upset! Number one qualifier, Marshall gets the tires loose right off the line and tries to pedal. The Camaro drives towards the centerline and he has to pedal again.

Turner was long gone at that point and takes a surprising win. He runs close to his qualifying times, but gives up lane choice to Bellemeur in round two.

Robert Turner's incremental times: 60ft-1.028 sec., 330ft-2.611, 660ft-3.862/197.54 mph, 1,000ft-4.934.
Chris Marshall's incremental times: 60ft-1.052 sec., 330ft-2.895, 660ft-4.204/196.44 mph, 1,000ft-5.257.

1:06 p.m.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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