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Fri, 13 Oct 2006, 08:03 PM

Funny Car Qualifying Notes, Session #2
By Larry Sullivan





DINWIDDIE, Va. - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Funny Car at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, Inaugural Torco Racing Fuels NHRA Nationals listing lane, driver name, elapsed time/top speed this round, position in order following run, best prior elapsed time/speed, and position in order prior to run:
Left Lane: Gary Scelzi Runs 4.844/302.08, Now #1; Best prior run: 14.071/71.30, Was #19

7:11 p.m. Since Scelzi went about a foot under power last time, he gets to lead off this round. The run wasn't spectacular, but it was a full pass to get him into the field and give the rest of the drivers something to shoot at.

Left Lane: Mike Ashley Runs 4.838/302.01, Now #1; Best prior run: 13.174/69.93, Was #19
Right Lane: Phil Burkart Runs 10.000/84.22, Now #16; Best prior run: 7.346/111.02, Was #15

Burkart got about 100 feet out and the header flames went out. Ashley took the long route to the finish line, but was quick enough to move past Scelzi in the order.

Left Lane: Jim Head Runs 4.784/307.09, Now #1; Best prior run: 12.327/76.52, Was #19
Right Lane: Tim Wilkerson Runs 4.885/303.30, Now #7; Best prior run: 5.500/239.70, Was #14

Head shows how it's done, the first into the seventies, and Wilkerson made a nice, smooth pass to move up the list several spots, Head the quicker of the two early in the run.

Left Lane: Paul Lee Runs 13.126/71.94, Now #19; Best prior run: 10.992/73.65, Was #19
Right Lane: Tony Bartone Runs 10.701/90.68, Now #13; Best prior run: 4.985/250.27, Was #13

Lee spun and shook, the car fishtailing, then getting up on two wheels, dragging the right-side headers on the track before he could shut it off. Bartone also shook, but did so going straight ahead.

Left Lane: Robert Hight Runs 4.751/311.05, Now #1; Best prior run: 8.015/132.80, Was #18
Right Lane: Jack Beckman Runs 4.831/304.87, Now #3; Best prior run: 4.975/244.38, Was #12

Beckman got most of a run on his first try, Pedregon barely got 100 feet on his.

Two good runs - Hight moving to the top of the list, Beckman not far behind.


Left Lane: Cruz Pedregon Runs 8.500/99.27, Now #17; Best prior run: 5.902/171.95, Was #17
Right Lane: Del Worsham Runs 11.232/76.23, Now #13; Best prior run: 4.937/260.31, Was #13

Pedregon had problems early in his first run, Worsham got most of the way down under power on his.

This time both cars went about 200 feet, then the header flames went out. Pedregon pedaled it once, then gave up.


Left Lane: Gary Densham Runs 4.852/307.44, Now #6; Best prior run: 5.292/262.85, Was #16
Right Lane: Tony Pedregon Runs 5.002/231.83, Now #12; Best prior run: 4.923/296.70, Was #11

These two were side-by-side until there was a flash of flame from Pedregon's car and he lifted. Densham can leave tonight knowing he has a good run to fall back on, Pedregon needs to find a longer fuse.

Left Lane: Frank Pedregon Runs 14.189/75.94, Now #16; Best prior run: 5.039/264.80, Was #16
Right Lane: Scott Kalitta Runs 4.890/304.67, Now #11; Best prior run: 4.911/266.85, Was #11

We have all three Pedregons here this weekend, the first time we've been able to say that in a few months.

Frank went up in smoke immediately. Kalitta picked up a bit over his first run and had the candles lit at the line, stayed 11th.


Left Lane: Eric Medlen Runs 4.757/310.41, Now #2; Best prior run: 4.936/249.86, Was #13
Right Lane: Ron Capps Runs 12.529/78.01, Now #10; Best prior run: 4.867/302.21, Was #9

Capps smoked the tires and coasted through. Medlen moved in right behind teammate Hight with a fine run.

Left Lane: John Force Runs 4.765/315.78, Now #3; Best prior run: 4.860/293.73, Was #8
Right Lane: Tommy Johnson Jr. Runs 4.813/306.33, Now #5; Best prior run: 4.866/300.06, Was #9

Last pair. Put the three Force team cars at the top of the list, Jim Head the only other driver in the seventies. TJ made a nice run, but Force was much quicker and a whole bunch fatser with top speed of the meet after two rounds.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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