Mark Woz & the Water One, Direct Transport, Color by Woz, Camaro Top Alcohol Funny Car
team had a great weekend at the year end Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals.
It was a battle to qualify in the fastest Field ever for Alcohol Funny Car where Mark ended up
in the 13th position with a 5.639 run @ 253.85 mph. We also ran 258.02 mph on another
qualifying pass which is our fastest run ever.
In the first round Mark beat Doug Gordon with a bit of luck when Mark had tire shake forcing
him to peddle the car to get past Doug when his car broke on the run.
In the 2nd round Mark ran a ran a 5.654 @ 250.18 mph to take the win light over Keeter Ray
who had problems and crossed the centerline.
In the semi-finals Mark had lane choice over Steve Gasparrelli. Steve was first off the line
when Mark had problems staging the car, but fortunately Steve had tire shake and Mark was
able to drive around him with a 5.692 @ 255.10 mph to take the win.
In the finals Mark had to race the #2 car in the country Mickey Ferro in the Ryco Hydraulics
Monte Carlo. They left almost together with Mark’s .072 light to Mickey’s .064 when just past
the 330” cone Mark banged the blower & slowed to a 6.05 @ only 171mph. Back at the pits
we discovered the drive shaft coupler bolt had broke off and hit Mark in the leg causing him
to shift early which caused a sequence of events that lead to the blower explosion. We would
have been hard pressed to beat Mickey anyway when he ran a 5.522, but we would have liked
to have given him a better race.
We have had a good year with 1 win and 2 runner ups in only 7 races. We finished number 5
in Division 7 and number 25 in national points. For next year we will have a new Victory Race
Car, which should make us a little faster and more consistent.
Here are the results from NHRA.com:
POMONA, Calif. - POMONA 2 - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA
Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, 46th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals
listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, and position in order following run:
Left Lane: Ken Webster Runs 5.729/252.47, Now #4
Right Lane: Mark Woznichak Runs 5.639/253.85, Now #2
Two solid runs, Woznichak with his best ET of the year to move into the second spot.
POMONA, Calif. - POMONA 2 - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Top Alcohol Funny Car
Left Lane: Mark Woznichak Runs 9.674/87.34, Now #8
Best prior run: 5.639/253.85, Was #8
Right Lane: Clint Thompson Runs 16.197/50.84, Now #20
Best prior run: 8.716/102.88, Was #20
Two more, same story, both cars up in smoke in the first 100 feet or less.
POMONA, Calif. - POMONA 2 - Notes from final, round 3 qualifying in Top Alcohol Funny Car
Left Lane: J. Lombardo Jr. Runs 5.544/262.18, Now #3
Best prior run: 5.745/255.87, Was #18
Right Lane: Mark Woznichak Runs 5.660/258.02, Now #12
Best prior run: 5.639/253.85, Was #11
Lombardo's team came through under pressure and he went from the outside to near the top of the
list. Woznichak failed to improve, lost one spot.
Order for Qualifying Round 3
POMONA, Calif. - SUMMIT FastNews - Final order after 3 rounds of qualifying in Top Alcohol Funny
Car at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, 46th annual Automobile Club of Southern California
Psn Driver Vehicle ET Speed
1. Tony Bartone Centre Pointe Collision Mustan 5.449 266.00^
2. Mickey Ferro Ryco Hydraulics Monte Carlo 5.477 263.20
3. Sean O'Bannon Forest River RV Monte Carlo 5.520 260.31
4. Doug Gordon Morro Bay Cabinets Monte Carlo 5.537 260.76
5. John Lombardo Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Monte Carlo 5.544 262.18
6. Jay Payne FireIce Mustang 5.575 258.86
7. Alexis De Joria Tequila Patron Mustang 5.582 261.42
8. Steve Gasparrelli ECS Mustang 5.582 259.01
9. Steve Burck ARC Speciaties Camaro 5.590 256.60
10. Bret Williamson Team Eagle/Beams Automotive 5.618 254.38
11. Brent Henry Lane Automotive Charger 5.624 247.57
12. Keeter Ray Keeter Ray Racing Mustang 5.627 255.92
13. Mark Woznichak Rancho Framering/Color By Woz 5.639 258.02
14. John Bojec PAC Valve Springs Monte Carlo 5.646 256.41
15. Brian Hough Brian Hough Racing Monte Carlo 5.649 257.38
16. Sean Bellemeur MasterCam/Lucas Oil Camaro 5.666 253.85
--------- Not Qualified ---------
17. Ken Webster Synoil Fluids Racing Monte Car 5.678 252.47
18. Shane Westerfield CDI Exhibits Firebird 5.699 251.81
19. Brian Smith Crainco/Lusac Oil Camaro 5.754 251.58
20. Clint Thompson Cascade Chevrolet Monte Carlo 5.945 200.38
21. Mike Drake Barnett Transportation Avenger 6.636 169.10
^ = National Speed Record
(W) Mark Woznichak (Rancho Framers/Color By Woz 0.086 6.306 202.18
(L) Doug Gordon (Morro Bay Cabinets Monte Carlo 0.046 6.533 134.54
Gordon is 2 - 0 against Woznichak in prior events.
Gordon was away first and Woznichak's car was very loose, falling way behind, but something happened
to Gordon's car on the top end and he slowed abruptly, the chutes out early, allowing Woznichak to go
by for the win. Mark Woznichak's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.063), 330 ft
(-0.133), 660ft(-0.183), 1,000ft(-0.145). MOV: 0.1871 seconds (approximately 37 feet).
POMONA, Calif. - SUMMIT FastNews - Results of round 2 eliminations in Top Alcohol Funny Car
(W) Mark Woznichak (Rancho Framers/Color By Woz 0.138 5.654 250.18
(L) Keeter Ray (Keeter Ray Racing Mustang) 0.105 DQ-Centerline
This is the first time Woznichak and Ray have faced each other at a national event.
Ray's car was all over his lane and much of Woznichak's, taking out the 330 and 660-foot timing
reflectors. We'll be down for a bit while the sweepers clean up the "orange confetti." Fortunately,
Woznichak was on a strong run and was clear of the scene before Ray crossed the centerline.
POMONA, Calif. - SUMMIT FastNews - Results of round 3 eliminations in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the
NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, 46th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA
W/L Driver R-Time E-Time Speed
(W) Mark Woznichak (Rancho Framers/Color By Woz 0.200 5.692 255.10
(L) Steve Gasparrelli (ECS Mustang) 0.129 6.115 212.36
3:35 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 77 degrees, relative humidity 27 percent, barometer
28.86 inches, adjusted altitude 2,804 feet, track temperature 91 degrees.
Gasparrelli and Woznichak have each won 1 time against the other in prior events, both prior faceoffs
coming in the first round. Both drivers have recorded event wins this year.
Neither driver will frame their timeslip for their reaction time, Gasparrelli getting a huge edge at the
green despite his tardy launch, but his car slowed before half track and Woznichak roared by for the
Results for Final Round
POMONA, Calif. - SUMMIT FastNews - Results of final, round 4 eliminations in Top Alcohol Funny Car
at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, 46th annual Automobile Club of Southern California
W/L Driver R-Time E-Time Speed
(W) Mickey Ferro (Ryco Hydraulics Monte Carlo) 0.064 5.522 257.58
(L) Mark Woznichak (Rancho Framers/Color By Woz 0.072 6.055 171.05
5:21 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 74 degrees, relative humidity 28 percent, barometer
28.85 inches, adjusted altitude 2,638 feet, track temperature 77 degrees.
This is the first time Woznichak and Ferro have faced each other in eliminations.
Ferro left first and was already well ahead when there was a bright flash of flame from Woznichak's
car and he slowed. Ferro scores his fourth national event win of the year and he has won the last three
national events he has attended, plus last weekend's Division 4 race in Las Vegas.
November 11 - 14 2010
Pomona Fairgrounds, CA
Next Sportsman Event show:
Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals Pomona, Calif.
11/21/2010 Sportsman 10:00 AM-11:00 AM (ET) 7:00 AM-8:00 AM