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Sun, 18 Sep 2005, 01:37 PM

Funny Car Round 2 Eliminations
By Jim Samuel





MOHNTON, Pa. - Results of round 2 eliminations in Funny Car at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 21st annual Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   73 Frank Pedregon                          8 Tony Pedregon                
E2                   0.223  5.871 169.89     ****WINNER****  0.059  5.251 270.16
 Prior rounds:
E1    (M Ashley    ) 0.147  4.833 316.97      (P Burkart Jr) 0.072  4.850 316.90
 Qualified:             #4  4.800 298.60                        #5  4.801 318.84
1:24 p.m. - Weather conditions: air temperature 76 degrees, relative humidity 44 percent, barometer 29.93 inches, adjusted altitude 1,348 feet, track temperature 101 degrees.

Frank Pedregon was late getting off the starting line. He started to smoke the tires at 330 feet and drifted out of the groove toward the wall. He steered away from the wall and was headed toward the centerline when he backed off the throttle. Tony smoked the tires a bit too but it didn't matter as he was way out in front to take the win.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    5 Eric Medlen                             6 Whit Bazemore                
E2                   0.111  4.893 315.64     ****WINNER****  0.106  4.872 311.56
 Prior rounds:
E1    (T Wilkerson ) 0.105  4.807 322.88      (D Worsham   ) 0.092  4.912 312.86
 Qualified:             #2  4.787 317.12                        #7  4.813 320.13
Bazemore had the quicker light and pulled away for the win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 7000 Robert Hight                            3 Gary Scelzi                  
E2                   0.085  4.910 298.67     ****WINNER****  0.070  4.818 319.98
 Prior rounds:
E1    (R Capps     ) 0.069  4.779 325.92      (G Densham   ) 0.092  4.785 312.42
 Qualified:             #8  4.822 314.17                        #1  4.766 322.11
Scelzi had this race from start to finish. He got out of the gate first and pulled away for the win. Hight started smoking the rear tires at mid track. Scelzi will have lane choice over Tony Pedregon in the next round.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    1 John Force                            503 Tommy Johnson Jr.            
E2   ****WINNER****  0.081  4.813 319.45                     0.038  4.867 319.29
 Prior rounds:
E1    (T Bartone   ) 0.121  4.788 320.05      (B Gilbertson) 0.088  4.822 319.29
 Qualified:             #6  4.804 322.11                        #3  4.794 324.59
Johnson was off the line first and led the race in the early going. He and Force were tied at 660 feet, then Force pulled ahead to take the win and get lane choice over Bazemore in the next round. John Force's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.040), 330 ft(-0.006), 660ft(0.000), 1,000ft(0.007). MOV: 0.0118 seconds (approximately 6 feet).

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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