National: Tony Bartone Las Vegas Friday notes

JACKSON RACING READY FOR SUNDAY ELIMINATIONS Las Vegas, Nev. - 31-time NHRA National event Champion Tony Bartone and the Rick Jackson Racing Centre Pointe Collision Center Top Alcohol Funny Car team will be ready to play on Sunday after a first...

JACKSON RACING READY FOR SUNDAY ELIMINATIONS

Las Vegas, Nev. - 31-time NHRA National event Champion Tony Bartone and the Rick Jackson Racing Centre Pointe Collision Center Top Alcohol Funny Car team will be ready to play on Sunday after a first round victory over "The Woz" Mark Woznichak in round one of the Summitracing.com NHRA Nationals held on "The Strip" at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

After qualifying in the forth position with a solid 5.686 second elapsed time recorded in the second qualifying session on Friday afternoon, the experienced driver from Boca Raton, Fla. via Long Island City, NY., matched up against Division 7 veteran painter Woznichak, from Onterio, Calif. in the first round on Saturday afternoon.

As the two cars left the starting line, Bartone grabbed nearly a tenth of a second advantage over "The Woz" in reaction time. Bartone's needed every bit of his stellar .047 combined with his off-pace 5.768 second elapsed time to beat Woznichek's quicker 5.70 effort to advance to the second round tomorrow.

"We missed the combo and had some issues down track," noted the round one victor Bartone. "Fortunately, the driver did his job for once, and our Centre Pointe Collision Center / FireIce.com car will have a chance to race on Sunday. Most of the time, Steve and his tune up make up for the driver's short comings. It was nice to repay the guys for once. We will need to step our game up against Sean O'Bannon tomorrow. That car is flat out hauling the mail, but I'm confident Steve will give us a good tune-up to match up against their team."

-source: rjr

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