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Sun, 4 Nov 2007, 04:58 PM

Funny Car Round 2 Eliminations
By Darryl Jackman





POMONA, Calif. - Results of round 2 eliminations in Funny Car at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 43nd annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  180 Mike Ashley                           711 Jack Beckman                 
E2   ****WINNER****  0.062  4.795 329.91                     0.060  4.799 320.81
 Prior rounds:
E1    (M Neff      ) 0.080  4.802 328.62      (G Densham   ) 0.057  4.797 324.90
 Qualified:             #7  4.807 318.62                        #2  4.786 320.89
1:27 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 76 degrees, relative humidity 43 percent, barometer 28.86 inches, adjusted altitude 2,480 feet, track temperature 94 degrees.

Conditions are much better than what was forecast for today. Was supposed to be in the high 80s with lots of sun. We have mid 70s and lots of cloud cover. Oh my that was close! Side by side and the tale of the tape says: Mike Ashley's MOV: 0.0020 seconds (approximately 11 inches).


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 7321 Ashley Force                          347 Tim Wilkerson                
E2                   0.116  4.812 322.50     ****WINNER****  0.080  4.792 322.42
 Prior rounds:
E1    (D Worsham   ) 0.096  4.843 296.31      (T Bartone   ) 0.102  4.762 321.50
 Qualified:             #5  4.802 317.42                        #4  4.796 324.83
Well...it's now the off season for A.Force. She was a little late and Wilkerson sort of drove off and left her. Tim Wilkerson's MOV: 0.0563 seconds (approximately 27 feet).

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    8 Phil Burkart                          170 Jeff Arend                   
E2   ****WINNER****  0.067  4.891 301.81                     0.113  5.596 223.91
 Prior rounds:
E1    (R Capps     ) 0.052  4.861 317.57      (T Pedregon  ) 0.084  4.849 318.02
 Qualified:             #9  4.813 318.77                        #1  4.781 324.90
Arend has made four out of six good runs so far this weekend. The bad news is that one of them came here in the second round of eliminations. Arend got out of the groove and kicked the tires loose. Burkart took the win but used up his oil down freebie...big time! We're down for a few. Burkart loses lane choice to Wilkerson in the semis.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    2 Robert Hight                          729 Jerry Toliver                
E2   ****WINNER****  0.077  4.796 319.29                     0.107  4.839 323.58
 Prior rounds:
E1    (G Scelzi    ) 0.025  4.902 307.09      (K Bernstein ) 0.074  4.871 322.34
 Qualified:            #14  4.827 316.45                       #11  4.820 326.24
That was a very long session for the Safari and finally we come back to eliminations. This was a great make up for the long down time and Hight stays alive! According to him they have no choice but to GO FOR IT in the next round. They would still have to set the national ET record to get around T. Pedregon. Oh, he'll have to do it without lane choice since Ashley went .001 quicker than Hight's Mustang!

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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