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Sun, 18 Sep 2005, 04:51 PM

Funny Car Final, Round 4 Eliminations
By Jim Samuel

MOHNTON, Pa. - Results of final, round 4 eliminations in Funny Car at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 21st annual Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals:

    1 John Force                              8 Tony Pedregon                
E4                   0.088  8.339 125.82     ****WINNER****  0.098  6.349 191.02
 Prior rounds:
E3    (W Bazemore  ) 0.062  4.790 317.34      (G Scelzi    ) 0.053  4.907 314.97
E2    (T Johnson Jr) 0.081  4.813 319.45      (F Pedregon  ) 0.059  5.251 270.16
E1    (T Bartone   ) 0.121  4.788 320.05      (P Burkart Jr) 0.072  4.850 316.90
 Qualified:             #6  4.804 322.11                        #5  4.801 318.84
4:41 p.m. - Weather conditions: air temperature 83 degrees, relative humidity 34 percent, barometer 29.92 inches, adjusted altitude 1,779 feet, track temperature 102 degrees.

Force has 46 wins and 14 losses against Pedregon over the course of their careers. In final round competition, Force has the advantage with 11 wins and seven losses. Pedregon has not won a final round since he clinched the 2003 Funny Car championship with a win in Las Vegas that year. He has never won as a team owner.

This was a real pedal-fest and when it was done, Pedregon had the win. Force had the quicker light and started to smoke the tires as soon as he launched. Pedregon got out to about 100 feet when he started to smoke the tires. Both drivers got off the throttle and then got back on it. They both smoked the tires again, with their cars hopping around on the track. Force and Pedregon each pedaled their cars four more times, with both cars going almost sideways on the track and Pedregon getting close to the wall. Finally, Pedregon got his car across the finish line for the win.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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