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NEWS & ANALYSIS
Annie Whiteley and David Rampy raced to victory at the March 16-19 NHRA Amalie Motor Oil Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway. Whitely grabbed her fourth national event win in Top Alcohol Funny Car and Rampy added his 93rd national event win.
Whiteley, Grand Junction, Colo., ran 5.412 seconds, 273.22 mph to defeat Dan Pomponio, Berlin, N.J., who was unable to return to the starting line after breaking following the semifinal round. Whiteley ran the tenth quickest pass and ties John Lombardo for seventh fastest in the history of Top Alcohol Funny Car. The Colorado driver eliminated Bill Naves and Andy Bohl in rounds 1 and 2 before taking out Lombardo to advance to the final round.
It was a back and forth final round as fans in attendance were treated to a competitive Top Alcohol Dragster finale between Justin Ashley, Plainview N.Y., and Rich McPhillips, Phoenixville, Pa. McPhillips started strong out of the gate, but Ashley began to chase him down and pulled past McPhillips to win his first national event Wally. Ashley made a winning pass of 5.232 seconds, 275.96 mph over McPhillips runner-up pass at 5.258 seconds, 277.20 mph.
Alex Laughlin moved to the Top Alcohol Dragster class at Gainesville. He got past Jackie Fricke in the first round, but lost to Richard Bourke in the second. Bourke ran 5.307 with a .052 RT while Laughlin ran 5.362 with a .132 RT.
Piedmont, Ala., racer David Rampy took the starting line against Wes Leopold, Bethel Park, Pa., in the final round of Comp Eliminator. Leopold took off too soon, fouling at the line. Rampy registered a victory pass of 8.099, 118.68. The Alabama racer defeated Jenny Treadwell in semifinals to advance to the final round.
TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER: Justin Ashley, Plainview N.Y., 5.232 seconds, 275.96 def. Rich McPhillips, Phoenixville, Pa., 5.258, 277.20
TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR: Annie Whiteley, Grand Junction, Colo., 5.412, 273.22 def. Dan Pomponio, Berlin, N.J., broke
VOLUME XIX, NUMBER 3 - March 2017
SUPER COMP: Jacob Elrod, Lima, Ohio 8.917, 179.42 def. Troy Williams, Daytona Beach, Fla., 8.931,174.23
SUPER GAS: Sherman Adcock, Fortson, Ga., 9.908, 155.24 def. David Tatum, Palmetto, Ga., 9.900, 166.42
COMP ELIMINATOR: David Rampy, Piedmont, Ala., 8.099, 118.68 def. Wes Leopold, Bethel Park, Pa., foul
SUPER STOCK: Fred Allen, Mary Esther, De., 9.295 112.21 def. Michael Volkman, Campobello, S.C., 10.172, 133.49
STOCK ELIMINATOR: Terry Nagel, Breckenridge, Mich., 11.067, 113.72 def. Richard Mace, Jackson, Fla., 11.989, 110.40
TOP SPORTSMAN: Jeffrey Parker, Kathleen, Ga., 6.554, 211.59 def. Casey Spradlin, Ranburne, Ala., 6.789, 206.86
Factory Stock Showdown Final Qualifying
1. David Barton, Robesonia PA, '15 Camaro 8.101 169.91
2. Chris Holbrook, Livonia MI, '14 Mustang 8.109 167.97
3. Stephen Bell, Shreveport LA, '15 Camaro 8.148 167.86
4. Peter Gasko Jr, Monroe Twp NJ, '12 Camaro 8.167 166.83
5. Erica Enders, Slidell LA, '17 Camaro 8.170 163.49
6. Geoff Turk, Yorkville IL, '15 Challenger 8.204 168.01
7. Todd Patterson, Augusta KS, '17 Camaro 8.220 167.01
8. Chuck Watson, Grosse Ile MI, '16 Mustang 8.238 169.06
Two-time Pro Stock champion Erica Enders pulled double duty at Gainesville also competing in the Factory Stock Showdown. Unfortunately, she was out in the first round thanks to eventual winner, David Barton.
Chuck Watson, Grosse Ile MI, '16 Mustang, Right lane, (0.054) 8.535 165.09 def. Peter Gasko Jr, Monroe Twp NJ, '12 Camaro, (0.073) 8.765 155.29
Chris Holbrook, Livonia MI, '14 Mustang, Right lane, (0.088) 8.151 162.43 def. Geoff Turk, Yorkville IL, '15 Challenger, (0.193) 9.309 162.31.
Stephen Bell, Shreveport LA, '15 Camaro, Left lane, (0.084) 8.308 165.15 def. Todd Patterson, Augusta KS, '17 Camaro, (0.038) 8.412 162.59
David Barton, Robesonia PA, '15 Camaro, Right lane, (0.092) 8.186 167.95 def. Erica Enders, Slidell LA, '17 Camaro, (0.096) 9.225 163.06
D Barton, Right lane, (0.076) 8.180 167.61 def. S Bell, (0.061) 9.104 144.27
C Watson, Right lane, (0.551) 8.221 167.38 def. C Holbrook, NT-No Show
FACTORY STOCK SHOWDOWN: David Barton (near lane), 8.131, 168.47 def. Chuck Watson, 8.227, 167.76. Barton set Low ET at 8.101 seconds and Top Speed of 169.91 mph.
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