CLERMONT, Ind. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Skoal Funny Car Showdown at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 26th annual Skoal Showdown:
Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed 33 Tommy Johnson Jr. 1 John Force E1 ****WINNER**** 0.103 4.888 284.93 0.120 4.898 294.82 Qualified: #4 2,885 #5 2,82012:32 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 81 degrees, relative humidity 43 percent, barometer 29.25 inches, adjusted altitude 2,493 feet, track temperature 116 degrees.
Force was in his 24th start in the Showdown, with five wins in twelve final rounds. He is the defending champion. Johnson was the runner-up last year and is making his third start. Both drivers needed good runs here, not only for the Showdown, but also to make the field for the 53rd annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals because both are currently outside the sixteen-car field.
Good race, TJ with the better of the lights and just enough to hold Force off on the top
end when both cars started mixing the cylinders up and lost momentum. Tommy Johnson Jr.'s incremental margins: 60ft(0.017), 330
ft(0.013), 660ft(0.021), 1,000ft(0.030). MOV: 0.0277 seconds (approximately 12 feet).
Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed 5 Tony Pedregon 180 Mike Ashley E1 0.072 5.270 209.65 ****WINNER**** 0.072 4.880 317.19 Qualified: #3 2,900 #6 2,790This is Ashley's first Showdown, Pedregon's 12th consecutive start, with three final rounds and one win.
A dead-even start and
they traded the lead back and forth until past half track. Then Ashley's car slowed, something coming off the car, and Pedregon
pulled away for the win.
Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed 28 Ron Capps 7 Gary Scelzi E1 ****WINNER**** 0.096 4.880 312.93 0.068 5.019 303.78 Qualified: #2 2,910 #7 2,775Teammates Scelzi and Capps are no strangers to this event. Scelzi has been in both the Showdown and the Top Fuel special event. THis is Capps' eighth start and he has three wins so far.
Scelzi left first, but Capps led by the 60-foot timer and steadily pulled away from Scelzi's faltering mount. Capps matched Ashley's
ET, but loses lane choice on speed.
Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed 2 Robert Hight 711 Jack Beckman E1 0.105 5.415 194.24 ****WINNER**** 0.084 4.930 314.46 Qualified: #1 3,280 #8 2,675This is Beckman's first Showdown, Hight's third. Both have been hot during the regular season this year.
Beckman was away
first, but Hight had him covered in the first 60 feet and started pulling away. Hight led to half track, but his car started losing
power and fishtailing there and then nosed over, giving Beckman a clear path to the win light. Beckman races Johnson in the
semifinals, TJ has lane choice.