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Sun, 1 Oct 2006, 04:49 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, 22nd annual Toyo Tires NHRA Nationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    5 Robert Hight                          156 Phil Burkart                 
E4                   0.078 No Time           ****WINNER****  0.043  7.528 203.92
 Prior rounds:
E3    (E Medlen    ) 0.104  4.775 317.27      (J Force     ) 0.070  4.996 245.09
E2    (D Worsham   ) 0.092  4.740 317.05      (G Scelzi    ) 0.068  4.816 321.88
E1    (T Wilkerson ) 0.110  4.748 319.22      (R Capps     ) 0.055  4.783 322.81
 Qualified:             #7  4.739 325.69                       #12  4.794 321.88
4:39 p.m. - Weather conditions: air temperature 70 degrees, relative humidity 45 percent, barometer 29.66 inches, adjusted altitude 1,248 feet, track temperature 79 degrees.

Hight had five wins and two losses against Burkart coming into this race, including the Funny Car final in Denver 2005. Burkart's last win was in Denver in 2004.

This one was a real pedal fest. Both cars launched and smoked the tires. Burkart and Hight pedaled it and both cars started swing the rear ends back and forth. Burkart pedaled it again and got it straightened out, then smoked the tires one more time. Hight pedaled it and the back of the car swung again, with the rear tire crossing the center line. While that was happening, Burkart let his car slow, straightened it, then hit the throttle just enough to get him across the finish line first for the win.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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