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Sun, 2 Oct 2005, 02:47 PM

Funny Car Round 2 Eliminations
By Rick Green





JOLIET, Ill. - Results of round 2 eliminations in Funny Car at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, Fifth annual Ameriquest Mortgage NHRA Nationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    8 Tony Pedregon                           5 Eric Medlen                  
E2   ****WINNER****  0.089  4.829 318.32                     0.115  4.807 315.12
 Prior rounds:
E1    (T Bartone   ) 0.106  4.809 322.50      (W Bazemore  ) 0.110  4.811 323.81
 Qualified:             #2  4.680 320.36                       #10  4.742 320.89
Weather conditions: air temperature 75 degrees, relative humidity 65 percent, barometer 29.90 inches, adjusted altitude 1,445 feet, track temperature 98 degrees.

Pedregon with the starting line advantage and the power to hold on for the hole shot win. Tony Pedregon's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(0.025), 330 ft(0.013), 660ft(0.002), 1,000ft(-0.002). MOV: 0.0044 seconds (approximately 2 feet). this gives Tony Pedregon six straight round wins and that is the first time he has done that since Columbus - St. Louis of 2003.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   28 Ron Capps                               9 Cruz Pedregon                
E2   ****WINNER****  0.071  4.796 324.20                     0.025  6.576 148.67
 Prior rounds:
E1    (R Hight     ) 0.076  4.751 328.54      (G Densham   ) 0.074  4.832 310.05
 Qualified:             #8  4.732 329.02                        #1  4.680 330.80
Cruz with a great light and then smokes the tires and pedals it one time before he clicked it off. Capps with a great looking pass.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    3 Gary Scelzi                             2 Del Worsham                  
E2   ****WINNER****  0.083  4.771 328.22                     0.102  4.833 323.89
 Prior rounds:
E1    (M Ashley    ) 0.105  4.773 325.06      (T Wilkerson ) 0.097  4.830 322.34
 Qualified:             #3  4.697 331.28                        #6  4.723 326.87
Scelzi holds a five to three advantage in head to head match ups. Scelzi with the starting line advantage and increased it at every incremental on the track. Scelzi will have lane choice over Tony Pedregon in the semifinal.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  503 Tommy Johnson Jr.                       1 John Force                   
E2                   0.098  4.852 320.97     ****WINNER****  0.056  4.796 326.79
 Prior rounds:
E1    (F Pedregon  ) 0.079  5.067 238.30      (P Burkart Jr) 0.079  4.800 317.42
 Qualified:             #4  4.698 331.45                        #5  4.702 328.46
Force holds a 17 to 6 advantage in head to head match ups. Force with a great light and matches Capps E.T. and will get lane choice based on mph. Johnson Jr. with a good pass and a good weekend.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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