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Sun, 1 Oct 2006, 03:15 PM

Funny Car Round 3 Eliminations
By Jim Samuel





MOHNTON, Pa. - Results of round 3 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
    3 John Force                            156 Phil Burkart                 
E3                   0.071  5.376 191.19     ****WINNER****  0.070  4.996 245.09
 Prior rounds:
E2    (T Johnson Jr) 0.083  4.785 293.09      (G Scelzi    ) 0.068  4.816 321.88
E1    (J Beckman   ) 0.075  4.795 313.44      (R Capps     ) 0.055  4.783 322.81
 Qualified:             #9  4.761 320.43                       #12  4.794 321.88
3:04 p.m. - Weather conditions: air temperature 65 degrees, relative humidity 53 percent, barometer 29.63 inches, adjusted altitude 925 feet, track temperature 90 degrees.

Force won each of the previous two rounds on a holeshot. Burkart got out of the gates just a thousandth of a second before Force, but Force was out in front at 60 feet. Force pulled ahead and was leading past the 660 foot marker, then his car broke. Burkart's car broke a split second later but he had enough left to get by Force and take the win.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    5 Robert Hight                            4 Eric Medlen                  
E3   ****WINNER****  0.104  4.775 317.27                     0.080  6.308 128.63
 Prior rounds:
E2    (D Worsham   ) 0.092  4.740 317.05      (T Pedregon  ) 0.064  4.799 321.35
E1    (T Wilkerson ) 0.110  4.748 319.22      (S Kalitta   ) 0.078  4.792 323.04
 Qualified:             #7  4.739 325.69                        #3  4.705 325.69
Hight's car was wearing the old body, after he damaged the newer body during his second-round win over Del Worsham. Medlen got off the starting line first but they were tied at 60 feet. Medlen pulled ahead and was leading at 330 feet when he shook the tires and bounced. While he was bouncing, the engine blew and the chutes came out. Hight got the win and will have lane choice over Burkart in the final round. Medlen's car left oil on the track and it will cost him $4,000 and 10 points.

Robert Hight's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(0.000), 330 ft(-0.025), 660ft(0.143), 1,000ft(0.647). MOV: 1.5095 seconds (more than 100 feet).

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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