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Fri, 12 Sep 2008, 07:50 PM

Funny Car Qualifying Notes, Session #2
By Jason Murray





CONCORD, N.C. - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Funny Car at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, Inaugural NHRA Carolinas Nationals listing lane, driver name, elapsed time/top speed this round, position in order following run, best prior elapsed time/speed, and position in order prior to run:
Left Lane: Frank Hawley Runs 4.072/307.16, Now #1; Best prior run: 7.589/79.51, Was #22
Right Lane: Tony Bartone Runs 4.156/300.86, Now #4; Best prior run: 7.012/88.50, Was #21

Weather conditions: air temperature 80 degrees, relative humidity 73 percent, barometer 29.42 inches, adjusted altitude 3,003 feet, track temperature 97 degrees.

7:02 p.m. The clouds once again have left the property. The humidity is rising steadily. In theory this should be a quicker session than earlier, but theories don't always pan out. Neither of these drivers made it past 300ft in their first session. The theory has been proven right. Hawley runs a career best ET to the 1000ft. Bartone makes a great run as the candles were lit all the way down the track.

Frank Hawley's incremental times: 60ft-0.903 sec., 330ft-2.313, 660ft-3.277/265.12mph.
Tony Bartone's incremental times: 60ft-0.918 sec., 330ft-2.363, 660ft-3.348/262.39mph.


Left Lane: Jerry Toliver Runs 4.180/297.35, Now #10; Best prior run: 6.313/94.74, Was #22
Right Lane: Bob Gilbertson Runs 4.431/265.85, Now #22; Best prior run: 5.137/155.40, Was #21

The crew chiefs are licking their chops after that first pair. Gilbertson looked good early but the pipes started to getting wet as he charged down the track. Toliver makes a good run and he lands himself in the field for now.

Jerry Toliver's incremental times: 60ft-0.919 sec., 330ft-2.364, 660ft-3.360/256.84mph.
Bob Gilbertson's incremental times: 60ft-0.964 sec., 330ft-2.484, 660ft-3.539/240.81mph.


Left Lane: Matt Hagan Runs 4.171/295.72, Now #8; Best prior run: 4.410/231.99, Was #21
Right Lane: Tommy Johnson Jr. Runs 4.174/297.68, Now #9; Best prior run: 4.261/293.73, Was #20

Right now Del Worsham is on the bump with a 4.18. Hagan makes a great run and he bumps himself into the top half of the field for the moment. Johnson makes a "Monster" run and he moves up the ladder to land in the 9th spot for now. Hagan runs a career best 1000ft.

Matt Hagan's incremental times: 60ft-0.930 sec., 330ft-2.365, 660ft-3.351/258.62mph.
Tommy Johnson Jr.'s incremental times: 60ft-0.930 sec., 330ft-2.381, 660ft-3.360/261.78mph.


Left Lane: Gary Densham Runs 4.108/296.18, Now #2; Best prior run: 4.250/290.76, Was #21
Right Lane: Bob Tasca III Runs 4.129/300.53, Now #4; Best prior run: 4.243/290.57, Was #20

Densham makes a big move up the ladder. Densham's car goes straight down the center of the groove and there was fire in the pipes all the way down. Tasca in the other lane runs his best time of the weekend and he moves into the 4th position.

Gary Densham's incremental times: 60ft-0.899 sec., 330ft-2.309, 660ft-3.289/259.01mph.
Bob Tasca III's incremental times: 60ft-0.916 sec., 330ft-2.344, 660ft-3.319/261.93mph.


Left Lane: Tim Wilkerson Runs 4.121/300.60, Now #4; Best prior run: 4.215/288.77, Was #19
Right Lane: Gary Scelzi Runs 4.123/301.67, Now #5; Best prior run: 4.219/292.33, Was #21

Very nice side-by-side race, Wilkerson is quicker in the short time, Scelzi though has a huge top end charge. Wilkerson runs quicker but Scelzi was right behind him.

Tim Wilkerson's incremental times: 60ft-0.914 sec., 330ft-2.333, 660ft-3.311/261.27mph.
Gary Scelzi's incremental times: 60ft-0.926 sec., 330ft-2.341, 660ft-3.315/262.23mph.


Left Lane: Robert Hight Runs 4.072/300.33, Now #2; Best prior run: 4.212/276.35, Was #20
Right Lane: Cruz Pedregon Runs 4.087/303.43, Now #3; Best prior run: 4.216/292.96, Was #21

Another great side-by-side run. Hight makes a huge charge at the finish-line and he will tie Hawley in ET but has the slower MPH, and Hight winds up in the 2nd spot. Pedregon makes a great pass, straight down the center of the lane.

Robert Hight's incremental times: 60ft-0.892 sec., 330ft-2.293, 660ft-3.265/262.95mph.
Cruz Pedregon's incremental times: 60ft-0.899 sec., 330ft-2.307, 660ft-3.283/262.44mph.


Left Lane: Del Worsham Runs 4.074/304.12, Now #3; Best prior run: 4.188/288.70, Was #20
Right Lane: Jack Beckman Runs 4.129/299.60, Now #10; Best prior run: 4.206/293.35, Was #21

Worsham makes a great pass, he sets his career best in the speed department. Beckman looked good but his car moved around a little bit through the track. Beckman also sets a career best but his is in the ET department.

Del Worsham's incremental times: 60ft-0.906 sec., 330ft-2.307, 660ft-3.273/263.51mph.
Jack Beckman's incremental times: 60ft-0.906 sec., 330ft-2.330, 660ft-3.314/259.76mph.


Left Lane: Jim Head Runs 4.089/303.57, Now #5; Best prior run: 4.176/296.96, Was #18
Right Lane: Tony Pedregon Runs 4.190/279.79, Now #21; Best prior run: 4.180/297.02, Was #21

Head makes a great pass, Head goes all the way the 5th position. Tony Pedregon the reigning POWERade champion will go into Saturday not in the show.

Jim Head's incremental times: 60ft-0.900 sec., 330ft-2.310, 660ft-3.285/260.97mph.
Tony Pedregon's incremental times: 60ft-0.899 sec., 330ft-2.331, 660ft-3.340/253.66mph.


Left Lane: Ron Capps Runs 4.117/299.73, Now #8; Best prior run: 4.170/296.50, Was #16
Right Lane: Jeff Arend Runs 4.162/299.60, Now #16; Best prior run: 4.177/299.13, Was #19

The bump is a 4.147. A pair of career best ETs and Speeds at the 1000ft for this pair. Capps is able to get into the show, Arend will have to go into tomorrow not yet qualified.

Ron Capps' incremental times: 60ft-0.895 sec., 330ft-2.321, 660ft-3.305/260.41mph.
Jeff Arend's incremental times: 60ft-0.915 sec., 330ft-2.362, 660ft-3.353/262.03mph.


Left Lane: Melanie Troxel Runs 4.100/304.53, Now #6; Best prior run: 4.162/300.46, Was #15
Right Lane: Mike Neff Runs 4.104/304.46, Now #7; Best prior run: 4.165/303.30, Was #17

Troxel started the session in the 3rd position and now she is all the way down to 15th. Great runs for both of these teams. Troxel will move into the 6th spot, Neff will slide into the 7th position.

Melanie Troxel's incremental times: 60ft-0.915 sec., 330ft-2.326, 660ft-3.299/262.85mph.
Mike Neff's incremental times: 60ft-0.910 sec., 330ft-2.328, 660ft-3.303/263.00mph.


Left Lane: Ashley Force Runs 4.075/307.02, Now #4; Best prior run: 4.116/302.08, Was #9
Right Lane: John Force Runs 7.447/79.90, Now #15; Best prior run: 4.147/298.14, Was #15

Daughter and Father roll up next for our final pair of Funny Cars. Ashley makes a huge charge down zMax Dragway and she moves all the way to the 4th spot. John looks good until he strikes the tires at 300ft, and John Force will go into Saturday not yet in the show. Hawley will be #1 and Gary Scelzi #12 when we start tomorrow.

Ashley Force's incremental times: 60ft-0.900 sec., 330ft-2.309, 660ft-3.280/264.29mph.
John Force's incremental times: 60ft-0.896 sec., 330ft-2.610, 660ft-4.766/097.73mph.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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