Thompson Goes to Carolina Final

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    Thompson Goes to Carolina Final

    What a weekend for Clint Thompson and the Cascade Auto Group Racing
    team. Thompson, of Klamath Falls, Oregon, competing in the Top Alcohol
    Funny Car class, traveled all the way to the opposite end of the
    country to compete at the Third annual O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA
    Nationals held in Charlotte, NC and nearly won the race but the
    reining World Champion Frank Manzo was just a few hundredths quicker
    and grabbed the win.

    Thompson qualified third with a 5.61 at 258 MPH and started his march
    to the finals by first disposing of Tony Bogolo who went red. Still,
    Thompson cruised to a 5.59 at 257 MPH to advance to the second round
    where he would face Brent Henry of Breckenridge CO. At the hit, Henry
    was out of the gate first with a 0.023 to Thompson’s 0.125. Thompson
    didn't allow the discrepancy at the starting line to stop him from
    getting the win as he stopped the clocks with a stellar 5.58 at 258
    MPH to Henry’s 5.88 at only 197 MPH.

    In the Semifinals, the competition just got tougher as both Thompson
    and opponent John Bojec had identical 0.089 reaction times. But it was
    Thompson that would take the stripe with a 5.58 at 257 MPH to Bojec’s
    5.62 at 255 MPH. Thompson’s win set up a showdown between the two best
    cars in the class, Frank Manzo and Thompson. At the starting line it
    was Thompson out first with an 0.049 to Manzo’s close 0.052. Sadly for
    Thompson, his starting line advantage wasn't enough as Manzo came from
    behind to score the victory. Manzo crossed the finish line with a 5.57
    at 259 MPH to Thompson's valiant 5.58 at 256 MPH. Still, it was one
    dandy of a final and anyone's race to the end.

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