Sonoma, Calif.
(Aug. 1-3)
After qualifying in the top half of the field at every race this year
we were disappointed to only qualify in the #9 spot. We were
plagued with tire shake all weekend and even our best run of 5.765
seconds @ 236.96 mph was slowed when Mark had to lift near the
end of the run to avoid hitting the wall. We lost in the first round
to Ed Marx when we dropped a couple of cylinders and slowed to
a 6.06 @ 232 mph. On the bright side we took delivery of our new
trailer, which will be a great help to us during between round
maintenance on the car. It was a bit of a struggle getting to this
race with the new trailer, but with help from
, Direct Transport, Steve Johnson and John Shafer we
were still able to get there. Our next race will be at Las Vegas for
the last Division 7 race of the year Oct 30 thru Nov 2. This will be
a return to the track we were #1 qualifier last April and we hope to
do quite well. The week after that is the final race of the year at
Here are the round by round results for the week end:
SONOMA, Calif. - SONOMA - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing
Series, 16th annual FRAM-Autolite NHRA Nationals listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, and position in order following
Left Lane: Jay Payne        Runs 6.574/144.40, Now #7
Right Lane: Mark Woznichak   Runs 8.177/111.01, Now #9

Both cars make a good leave and run well until past mid-track. Woz starts to move toward the wall and lifts. Payne runs a little
further, until he too has to shut down.
Left Lane: Mark Woznichak   No Time, Now #9
                          Best prior run: 8.177/111.01, Was #10
Right Lane: John Weaver      Runs 6.570/147.91, Now #3
                          Best prior run: 5.786/248.02, Was #3

5:29 PM Current weather conditions: 77 degrees, 42 percent relative humidity, the barometer 29.92 inches.

We have had a long wait while they cleaned up Kalitta little deposit on the track. Both cars are slow off the line and The Woz drifts
over and tags the 660 foot ET cone. Weaver may have seen him coming, as he clicks it off at virtually the same time.

Left Lane: Mark Woznichak   Runs 5.765/236.96, Now #6
                          Best prior run: 8.177/111.01, Was #16
Right Lane: Bill Gallio      Runs 6.770/204.01, Now #16
                          Best prior run: 6.268/225.41, Was #15

The Woz is on the bump and does what he has to do to move into the current top half of the field. Gallio slows and can't improve.

SONOMA, Calif. - SUMMIT FastNews - Final order after 3 rounds of qualifying in Top Alcohol Funny Car at the NHRA POWERade
Drag Racing Series, 16th annual FRAM-Autolite NHRA Nationals:
Psn   Driver                Vehicle                       ET    Speed
1. Bucky Austin         Bucky's Muffler Firebird       5.632  257.92
2. Steve Gasparrelli    Prisms Unlimited Firebird      5.641  256.26
3. Jay Payne            Valvoline Camaro               5.673  254.42
4. Bret Williamson      Team Eagle Corvette            5.689  250.27
5. Doug Gordon          Morro Bay Cabinets Camaro      5.691  251.91
6. John Weaver          Dream Weaver Firebird          5.692  248.84
7. Ron August Jr        California Air Inc. Camaro     5.712  249.72
8. Ed Marx              Marx Motorsports Avenger       5.736  251.16
9. Mark Woznichak       Rancho Framing Camaro          5.765  236.96
10. Clint Thompson       Cascade Chevrolet Camaro       5.766  250.18
11. John Patton          Foolish Money II Firebird      5.791  244.92
12. Dennis Taylor        Cooner Wire Camaro             5.793  246.84
13. Jason Rupert         Lucas Oil Camaro               5.849  244.21
14. Mert Littlefield     Hussey Copper Firebird         5.961  228.34
15. Dale VanGundy        Van Gundy & Clark Trans Am     6.012  238.43
16. Bill Gallio          Gallio Motorsports Camaro      6.268  229.74

W) Ed Marx (Marx Motorsports Avenger)          0.113      5.718 250.46
(L) Mark Woznichak (Rancho Framing Camaro)      0.124      6.068 232.83

5:04 PM Current weather conditions: 76 degrees, 50 percent relative humidity, the barometer 30.00 inches. The first round was
delayed to allow TV to be on time for the Pro's and it may help these guys, as the temperature has started to drop. The wind has
slowed, but is now a slight head wind.

We start with the middle of the field. The Woz has a small head start, but Marx blows on by to take the win. Woznichak slowed near
the top end, but we could not tell why.
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