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Sun, 23 Oct 2005, 04:43 PM

Funny Car Round 2 Eliminations
By Rick Green





LAS VEGAS - Results of round 2 eliminations in Funny Car at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, Fifth annual ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    9 Cruz Pedregon                         427 Tony Bartone                 
E2                   0.058  6.696 283.73     ****WINNER****  0.130  6.077 155.79
 Prior rounds:
E1    (W Bazemore  ) 0.009  6.631 253.42      (T Pedregon  ) 0.117  4.970 255.73
 Qualified:             #3  4.760 324.36                       #11  4.799 320.81
Weather conditions: air temperature 76 degrees, relative humidity 29 percent, barometer 28.32 inches, adjusted altitude 3,173 feet, track temperature 104 degrees.

Cruz was out of the gate first but is up in smoke by 150 feet and pedals it. Bartone was blasting on down the quarter mile until just past half track when engine went silent. Bartone coasted through the quarter mile for the win.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  503 Tommy Johnson Jr.                       2 Del Worsham                  
E2                   0.068  6.600 152.99     ****WINNER****  0.058  4.964 314.09
 Prior rounds:
E1    (P Burkart Jr) 0.074  4.957 322.11      (J Force     ) 0.056  4.848 323.81
 Qualified:             #4  4.763 325.77                       #12  4.800 325.22
Johnson Jr. is up in smoke early to end his weekend. Worsham was able to keep it hooked up all the way down the 1320 for the win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  180 Mike Ashley                            28 Ron Capps                    
E2                   0.101  4.892 309.13     ****WINNER****  0.093  4.821 324.05
 Prior rounds:
E1    (R Hight     ) 0.111  4.849 323.43      (T Wilkerson ) 0.076  4.793 328.14
 Qualified:            #10  4.786 315.64                        #2  4.754 326.71
Capps with slight starting line advantage and then straight down "Broadway" for the win light. Ashley was right there until his engine started eating itself up on the top end. Capps will have lane choice over Bartone in the semifinal.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    5 Eric Medlen                             3 Gary Scelzi                  
E2                   0.090  6.287 175.16     ****WINNER****  0.072  4.834 324.59
 Prior rounds:
E1    (F Pedregon  ) 0.078  4.829 324.83      (G Densham   ) 0.143  4.823 322.11
 Qualified:             #8  4.782 323.50                        #1  4.746 325.45
Scelzi is out of the gate first and never looked back to take the win and the lead in the POWERade point chase. Medlen started to shake and then smoke the tires early in the run.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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