DIVISION 7
Firebird Int'l Raceway
Chandler, Ariz., March 3-5
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Mark Woz, in the                     /    /                       / Direct Transport Top Alcohol Funny Car, really
showed the teams potential at the division 7 opener in Phoenix, AZ.  Mark nailed the number 1 qualifying
spot in the first round with a 5.73 @ 251 mph and held on to it through qualifying.  In the second
qualifying session Mark was on an even better pass when one of the fuel nozzles clogged which leaned out a
cylinder causing the blower to bang.  A small fire started and Mark quickly extinguished it with the on
board fire system.  He still ran a 5.83 @ 230 mph.  Our third qualifying pass was in the right lane, which
had been tricky for all the funny cars.  The car lost traction on the bumps in the lane and only ran a 5.81
@ 248 mph.  In the first round we lined up with Dennis Taylor in the Plumbing Concepts Camaro.  Dennis
was off the starting line first, but Mark quickly caught him to take the win with a 5.74 @ 250 mph.  In the
semi-final round Mark lost lane choice to Steve Gasparrelli who had run a 5.72 in the first round.  Mark
was off the line first with a 4 hundredths advantage, but his lead quickly deteriorated when he started to
smoke the tires.  He tried to recover, but to no avail had to lift and watch Steve motor down for the win.  









Here are the results from
Drag Race Central:

CHANDLER, Ariz. - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag
Racing Series, Pacific Division, event at Firebird International Raceway listing lane, driver name, elapsed
time, top speed, and position in order following run:

Left Lane: Mark Woznichak Runs 5.739/251.11, Now #1
Right Lane: John Weaver Runs 5.915/248.98, Now #2

Two Div. 7 main stays come to the line and take over the top two spots. Weaver leads the first sixty feet,
but its "The Woz" all the way after that as they run together down the track.


CHANDLER, Ariz. - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag
Racing Series

Left Lane: Mark Woznichak Runs 5.839/230.13, Now #1; Best prior run: 5.739/251.11, Was #1
Right Lane: Steve Gasparrelli Runs 9.663/83.42, Now #3; Best prior run: 5.783/249.76, Was #3

Two broken runs. Gasparrelli gets out about 100 feet and shakes hard. He runs to mid track and the car is
still moving around, so he clicks it off. Expensive pass for Woznichak with a blower bang and the body
burst panel flying into the air.
The Woz stays number one and Sean Bellemeur is on the bump spot at 6.016.


CHANDLER, Ariz. - Notes from final, round 3 qualifying in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA Lucas Oil
Drag Racing Series

Left Lane: John Weaver Runs 5.746/250.88, Now #2; Best prior run: 5.835/249.58, Was #5
Right Lane: Mark Woznichak Runs 5.817/248.52, Now #1; Best prior run: 5.739/251.11, Was #1

Another great looking run for Woznichak, showing a lot of consistency. Weaver runs right down Broadway
with a clean and straight pass into the current #2 spot.
5:52 p.m. Woznichak stays #1 and Dennis Taylor is on the bump spot at 5.881.


CHANDLER, Ariz. - Final order after 3 rounds of qualifying in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA Lucas
Oil Drag Racing Series, Pacific Division, event at Firebird International Raceway:

Psn---Num-Driver, Home Town, Car Type---------------Qual-ET--Qual-Spd-Top Spd

1   75 Mark Woznichak, Ontario CA, '02 Camaro          5.739  251.11  251.11
2   76 John Weaver, Orting WA, '02 Camaro              5.746  250.88  250.88
3   73 Doug Gordon, Paso Robles CA, '02 Camaro         5.771  250.18  250.18
4    3 Steve Gasparrelli, West Covina CA, '06 Monte C  5.777  248.93  249.76
5  777 John Patton, Peoria AZ, '99 Firebird            5.792  247.84  247.84
6   18 Ross Stickler, Gilbert AZ, '04 Corvette         5.866  245.76  245.76
7 7507 Paul Crifasi, Las Vegas NV, '05 Honda           5.869  246.80  246.80
8    6 Dennis Taylor, Anaheim CA, '02 Camaro           5.881  249.72  249.72

------------ Not Qualified ------------

9  752 Mert Littlefield, Garden Grove CA, '05 Monte C  5.944  240.08  240.08
10  799 Sean Bellemeur, Fullerton CA, '98 Cutlass       6.016  243.15  243.15
11  771 Charles McLaws, Winslow AZ, '02 Firebird        6.390  211.06  211.06
12  704 Pete Rivera, Mesa AZ, '97 Firebird              7.353  194.88  194.88
13  715 Mike Drake, Glendora CA, '01 Avenger            7.794   98.64   98.64


CHANDLER, Ariz. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag
Racing Series, Pacific Division, event at Firebird International Raceway:
Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
75 Mark Woznichak                          6 Dennis Taylor
E1   ****WINNER****  0.140  5.749 250.64                     0.094  5.820 249.44
Qualified:             #1  5.739 251.11                        #8  5.881 249.72

12:23 p.m. Weather conditions: Air Temperature 71 degrees, relative humidity 18 percent, barometer
29.01 inches,adjusted altitude 2,146 feet.
Taylor gets out first and runs better than yesterday, but Woznichak drives on by to get the close win.
Mark Woznichak's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.043), 330 ft(0.007), 660ft(0.019),
1,000ft(0.020). MOV: 0.0251 seconds (approximately 9 feet).


CHANDLER, Ariz. - Results of round 2 eliminations in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag
Racing Series, Pacific Division, event at Firebird International Raceway:
Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
3 Steve Gasparrelli                      
75 Mark Woznichak
E2   ****WINNER****  0.097  5.883 245.54                     0.068  8.277 111.19
Prior rounds:
E1    (J Patton    ) 0.061  5.726 250.00      (D Taylor    ) 0.140  5.749 250.64
Qualified:             #4  5.777 248.93                        #1  5.739 251.11
Woznichak is out first but strikes the tires before sixty feet. He pumps it to no avail and lifts.
Gasparrelli makes a clean pass, but slows from last round to give lane choice in the finals to Weaver. 2:38
p.m.
     


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