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Sun, 1 Oct 2006, 01:49 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, 22nd annual Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  503 Tommy Johnson Jr.                       3 John Force                   
E2                   0.117  4.762 313.07     ****WINNER****  0.083  4.785 293.09
 Prior rounds:
E1    (J Head      ) 0.097  4.787 318.39      (J Beckman   ) 0.075  4.795 313.44
 Qualified:             #1  4.693 327.27                        #9  4.761 320.43
Weather conditions: air temperature 67 degrees, relative humidity 55 percent, barometer 29.65 inches, adjusted altitude 1,090 feet, track temperature 94 degrees.

Force won on a holeshot for the second round in a row. Before today, he had only one holeshot win all season.

Force got off the starting line first but Johnson made up the difference and more by 60 feet. But then Force took the lead back and pulled away for the win.

John Force's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.001), 330 ft(0.009), 660ft(0.021), 1,000ft(0.024). MOV: 0.0112 seconds (approximately 5 feet).


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  156 Phil Burkart                            1 Gary Scelzi                  
E2   ****WINNER****  0.068  4.816 321.88                     0.096 11.954  75.34
 Prior rounds:
E1    (R Capps     ) 0.055  4.783 322.81      (G Densham   )       No Time      
 Qualified:            #12  4.794 321.88                        #4  4.709 328.62
Scelzi's car broke the blower drive in his first-round win over Gary Densham. This time, Scelzi launched and smoked the tires, so he clicked it off. Burkart had a nice trip down the quarter mile to take the win. He'll face Force next time around and Force will have lane choice.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    7 Tony Pedregon                           4 Eric Medlen                  
E2                   0.067  4.904 276.58     ****WINNER****  0.064  4.799 321.35
 Prior rounds:
E1    (C Pedregon  ) 0.051  4.781 323.89      (S Kalitta   ) 0.078  4.792 323.04
 Qualified:             #6  4.723 313.07                        #3  4.705 325.69
Medlen and Pedregon came off the line together. Pedregon had the early lead but Medlen got back out in front by the time they reached the 330 foot mark. After that, it was Medlen all the way.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    5 Robert Hight                            8 Del Worsham                  
E2   ****WINNER****  0.092  4.740 317.05                     0.086  4.844 315.49
 Prior rounds:
E1    (T Wilkerson ) 0.110  4.748 319.22      (M Ashley    ) 0.113  4.834 309.56
 Qualified:             #7  4.739 325.69                       #15  4.843 321.19
Hight got the win but blew the car up as it crossed the finish line. Worsham got out of the gate first but Hight got by him at 60 feet and pulled ahead th rest of the way down the track. As Hight crossed the finish line, the engine let go in a flash of flame. Hight will meet teammate Medlen in the next round and will have lane choice. At the end of two rounds, all three Force cars are still in the field.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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