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Mon, 5 Sep 2005, 02:47 PM

Funny Car Round 2 Eliminations
By Dave Rowe





CLERMONT, Ind. - Results of round 2 eliminations in Funny Car at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 51st annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    3 Gary Scelzi                             8 Tony Pedregon                
E2   ****WINNER****  0.117  4.891 318.02                     0.108  5.133 241.54
 Prior rounds:
E1    (T Wilkerson ) 0.142  4.931 315.78      (R Hight     ) 0.075  5.030 294.18
 Qualified:             #7  4.763 327.74                       #15  4.837 321.88
1:27 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 77 degrees, relative humidity 38 percent, barometer 29.83 inches, adjusted altitude 1,529 feet, track temperature 118 degrees.

Pedregon was moving around all over the track. He gets out of the groove at half-track, drifts toward the wall, then he has to back off the throttle about 1000 feet out. Scelzi goes right down the groove for the win and takes the points lead for the first time ever in his Funny Car career.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    5 Eric Medlen                            73 Frank Pedregon               
E2                   0.087  4.919 314.61     ****WINNER****  0.112  4.893 314.83
 Prior rounds:
E1    (T Bartone   ) 0.088  4.923 310.63      (G Densham   ) 0.079  4.911 309.84
 Qualified:             #6  4.755 320.66                        #3  4.732 326.08
WOW!!! What a great race! Medlen gets off the line first, then Pedregon starts to reel him in. They are dead even at the 330' mark,then are glued together the rest of the way through the run.

Frank Pedregon's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.015), 330 ft(0.000), 660ft(0.002), 1,000ft(0.002). MOV: 0.0012 seconds (approximately 7 inches).


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    2 Del Worsham                           206 Bob Gilbertson               
E2   ****WINNER****  0.099  4.861 319.14                     0.140  4.958 304.32
 Prior rounds:
E1    (J Head      ) 0.114  4.846 318.47      (T Johnson Jr) 0.104  4.946 307.58
 Qualified:             #4  4.746 324.51                       #12  4.827 313.29
Worsham gets off the line first, starts to pull away, and extends his lead at every incremental. Gilbertson makes a good pass but comes up a little short.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    6 Whit Bazemore                          10 Phil Burkart                 
E2   ****WINNER****  0.098  4.892 316.38                     0.111  4.983 308.00
 Prior rounds:
E1    (R Capps     ) 0.048  4.924 315.64      (J Force     ) 0.093  5.461 220.76
 Qualified:             #8  4.768 323.81                       #16  4.852 317.79
Bazemore gets off the line first, but Burkart even at the 60 foot mark. Bazemore starts to pull away again, and extends his lead the rest of the way through the run.

In round three it will be Worsham with lane choice over Worsham and Scelzi with lane choice over Frank Pedregon.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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