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Sun, 16 Sep 2007, 03:52 PM

Funny Car Round 3 Eliminations
By Dave Rowe





MILLINGTON, Tenn. - Results of round 3 eliminations in Funny Car at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 20th annual O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals presented by Pennzoil:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    7 Gary Scelzi                            33 Tommy Johnson Jr.            
E3   ****WINNER****  0.083  4.908 312.13                     0.083  6.064 176.26
 Prior rounds:
E2    (D Worsham   ) 0.106  5.146 229.82      (R Capps     ) 0.102  5.536 237.75
E1    (G Densham   ) 0.084  4.899 308.92      (K Bernstein ) 0.055  5.299 238.81
 Qualified:            #10  4.867 315.34                        #3  4.812 314.39
2:42 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 85 degrees, relative humidity 24 percent, barometer 29.86 inches, adjusted altitude 1,934 feet, track temperature 116 degrees.

Scelzi holds a 10-8 advantage over Johnson in career match-ups.

They come off the line together and Scelzi starts to pull away. Johnson strikes the tires about 400 feet out, Scelzi pulls away for the win. He is going to his first final round since Chicago earlier this year.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    2 Robert Hight                          711 Jack Beckman                 
E3                   0.096  4.945 303.71     ****WINNER****  0.047  4.922 306.53
 Prior rounds:
E2    (T Bartone   ) 0.104  4.850 302.69      (J Force     ) 0.085  4.897 308.35
E1    (J Arend     ) 0.115  4.860 309.42      (J Toliver   ) 0.100  4.854 312.57
 Qualified:             #1  4.762 320.36                        #5  4.832 313.07
Beckman gets off the line first and starts to pull away. He gets a little out of the groove but never loses traction. Hight makes a clean run, just not quick enough. Beckman's last final round and win came in Seattle earlier this year.

Scelzi will have lane choice over Beckman in the final round.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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