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Mon, 3 Sep 2007, 03:46 PM

Funny Car Round 3 Eliminations
By David Gerard





CLERMONT, Ind. - Results of round 3 eliminations in Funny Car at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 53rd annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  180 Mike Ashley                           750 Del Worsham                  
E3   ****WINNER****  0.072  4.961 319.90                     0.068  6.526 169.68
 Prior rounds:
E2    (J Beckman   ) 0.091  4.882 324.12      (A Force     ) 0.110  5.624 311.63
E1    (G Densham   ) 0.074  4.835 327.11      (G Scelzi    ) 0.088  4.841 322.04
 Qualified:             #6  4.779 327.35                        #7  4.785 323.66
3:33 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 901 degrees, relative humidity 31 percent, barometer 29.13 inches, adjusted altitude 3,133 feet, track temperature 127 degrees. These two have never met in eliminations.

Worsham won't play spoiler in the Countdown today.He gets a small lead over Ashley off the line and then the tires go up in smoke. He tries to pump it, but Ashley is long gone and hard to find. Ashley makes a nice pass for the very hot track conditions.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    2 Robert Hight                            5 Tony Pedregon                
E3   ****WINNER****  0.103  5.002 307.23                     0.056  6.376 179.85
 Prior rounds:
E2    (K Bernstein ) 0.103  4.876 323.50      (J Capps     ) 0.088  5.111 290.63
E1    (J Head      ) 0.195  4.882 317.79      (J Toliver   ) 0.075  4.944 270.16
 Qualified:             #4  4.764 323.89                        #8  4.786 321.04
Pedregon has a signifant 7/3 advantage over Hight in prior encounters, but in almost a repeat of the prior pair, he loses to tire smoke right off the line. Hight gave up the starting line advantage and then catchs a slowing Pegregon before sixty feet. Hight's engine needs a little longer fuze on the top end and he will give up lane choice to Ashley in the final rounsd.

3:40 p.m.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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