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Sun, 23 Sep 2007, 03:16 PM

Funny Car Round 2 Eliminations
By Dave Rowe





ENNIS, Texas - Results of round 2 eliminations in Funny Car at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 22nd annual O'Reilly NHRA Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   33 Tommy Johnson Jr.                       5 Tony Pedregon                
E2                   0.088  4.977 302.96     ****WINNER****  0.033  4.991 303.91
 Prior rounds:
E1    (J Arend     ) 0.065  4.867 319.22      (J Beckman   ) 0.009  5.040 277.03
 Qualified:            #15  4.907 305.15                       #10  4.866 295.72
1:32 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 82 degrees, relative humidity 57 percent, barometer 29.37 inches, adjusted altitude 2,495 feet, track temperature 101 degrees.

Pedregon gets a big hole-shot and starts to pull away. He gets to half-track, starts mixing up cylinders and Johnson starts to make up ground. Pedregon stays on the throttle, erratic flames coming from the headers, but he hangs on to take the win.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 7321 Ashley Force                          750 Del Worsham                  
E2   ****WINNER****  0.134  4.865 314.31                     0.097  5.453 217.77
 Prior rounds:
E1    (R Capps     ) 0.102  4.786 319.52      (J Head      ) 0.088  4.830 312.64
 Qualified:             #5  4.818 314.53                        #4  4.808 294.37
Worsham gets a big hole-shot, then Force stars making up ground quickly. She drives around Worsham just past the 330 foot mark, then Worsham starts having problems. He hazes the tires around half-track, then Force pulls away for the win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    1 John Force                            404 Kenny Bernstein              
E2   ****WINNER****  0.083 No Time                           0.037 No Time      
 Prior rounds:
E1    (T Bartone   ) 0.112  4.836 320.28      (M Ashley    ) 0.062  4.888 312.35
 Qualified:             #3  4.801 321.35                        #6  4.840 314.31
This was a scary one. Bernstein gets the hole-shot and he starts to pull away. Force never really makes up any ground until past the 1000 foot mark. Bernstein then starts drifting to the left, takes out the last timing cone, then the cars run into after the finish-line. Force gets the worst end of the situation, his car hitting the wall, the body flies off, then finally comes to a stop. Word from the top end, both drivers are out of the cars and alert but they will be taking Force to the hospital to be checked out.

The good news for Force, he moves into fourth place in the countdown with this win.

Preliminary reports are that Force may have two broken legs and a broken hand but further evaluation will be needed. He was Life-flighted to Baylor Hospital in Dallas.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   10 Cruz Pedregon                         347 Tim Wilkerson                
E2   ****WINNER****  0.085  4.877 317.57                     0.221  4.993 277.66
 Prior rounds:
E1    (G Scelzi    ) 0.046  4.819 318.32      (J Toliver   ) 0.103  4.831 324.51
 Qualified:             #8  4.860 317.34                        #1  4.787 318.17
2:06 p.m. Wilkerson is really late off the line, Pedregon starts to pull away and take the win.

in the next round Ashley Force will have lane choice over Cruz Pedregon. Tony Pedregon was to have raced John Force but will now have what amounts to a bye run.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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