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Sun, 29 Oct 2006, 06:45 PM

Funny Car Round 3 Eliminations
By Dave Rowe





LAS VEGAS - Results of round 3 eliminations in Funny Car at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, Sixth annual ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  711 Jack Beckman                          427 Tony Bartone                 
E3   ****WINNER****  0.099  4.803 324.05                     0.082  5.284 210.87
 Prior rounds:
E2    (D Worsham   ) 0.097  4.825 322.88      (T Pedregon  ) 0.105  4.881 312.28
E1    (G Densham   ) 0.088  4.793 324.90      (R Hight     ) 0.173  5.406 198.82
 Qualified:             #4  4.720 330.39                       #16  4.848 315.71
3:29 p.m. Bartone gets the hole-shot, then Beckman starts to reel him in. Bartone gets a little past half-track, the car gets out of the groove, heads for the centerline, then clicks it off early. Beckman moves on to his first ever final round.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    4 Eric Medlen                           503 Tommy Johnson Jr.            
E3                   0.089  4.808 320.89     ****WINNER****  0.085  4.810 322.04
 Prior rounds:
E2    (S Kalitta   ) 0.111  4.799 321.96      (J Force     ) 0.082  4.809 320.89
E1    (B Gilbertson) 0.101  4.763 321.27      (P Burkart Jr) 0.083  4.813 323.66
 Qualified:             #3  4.712 320.81                        #7  4.739 323.97
This was a good one. They leave the line together and stayed glued together all the way through the run. Johnson gets the early lead, .016 at 60 feet, then Medlen cuts into the lead, .008 at 330 feet and half-track. It ges even closer at the 1000 foot mark, .004, but the Medlen car runs out of room and Johnson hangs on for the win.

Tommy Johnson Jr.'s incremental margins: 60ft(0.016), 330 ft(0.008), 660ft(0.008), 1,000ft(0.004). MOV: 0.0024 seconds (approximately 14 inches).

Beckman will have lane choice in the final round.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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