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Mon, 22 Sep 2003, 02:37 PM

Funny Car Round 2 Eliminations
By Rick Green





MILLINGTON, Tenn. - Results of round 2 eliminations in Funny Car at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 16th annual O'Reilly NHRA Mid-South Nationals presented by Pennzoil:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  156 Phil Burkart                            1 John Force
E2                   0.101  4.984 307.86     ****WINNER****  0.061  4.962 300.00
 Prior rounds:
E1    (D Worsham   ) 0.056  4.890 315.05      (J Wyatt     ) 0.091  4.875 316.08
 Qualified:            #10  4.918 311.05                        #2  4.826 313.37
Current weather conditions: 76 degrees, 61 percent relative humidity, the barometer 29.94 inches, with a track temperature of 102 degrees.

Force has beat Burkart two out of three time they have met before. Force with the starting line advantage and never looked back to take the win.

John Force's incremental margins: 60ft(0.043), 330 ft(0.061), 660ft(0.064), 1,000ft(0.070). MOV: 0.0628 seconds (approximately 28 feet).


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    5 Whit Bazemore                          13 Cory Lee
E2   ****WINNER****  0.079  4.967 295.66                     0.082  4.971 291.82
 Prior rounds:
E1    (B Gilbertson) 0.044  4.875 318.99      (T Wilkerson ) 0.039  4.974 311.85
 Qualified:             #1  4.826 316.67                        #9  4.915 315.71
Bazemore has beat Lee all four previous times these two have raced. Bazemore with the slight starting line advantage and the power to hold on for the win. This was a great side-by-side drag race.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   28 Ron Capps                               4 Gary Densham
E2   ****WINNER****  0.059  5.020 285.11                     0.063  8.173 102.56
 Prior rounds:
E1    (C Pedregon  ) 0.125  4.862 311.63      (F Pedregon  ) 0.094  4.829 320.51
 Qualified:             #5  4.857 313.15                        #4  4.856 311.99
Capps has 12 to 7 advantage in head to head match ups. Capps with the slight starting line advantage and the win when Densham started to smoke the tires around 3oo feet down track. Capps will give up lane choice to Bazemore in the semifinal.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    9 Dean Skuza                              2 Tony Pedregon
E2   ****WINNER****  0.043  4.929 306.19                     0.051  4.947 298.87
 Prior rounds:
E1    (G Scelzi    ) 0.054  4.877 312.06      (T Johnson Jr) 0.085  4.825 315.78
 Qualified:            #14  5.074 279.79                        #6  4.892 312.57
Tony Pedregon with a 23 to 9 advantage in head to head match up against Skuza. Skuza with the starting line advantage, but then Tony had the lead at 60 feet until just past half track when Skuza drove back around and took the win.

Dean Skuza's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.003), 330 ft(-0.002), 660ft(-0.004), 1,000ft(0.008). MOV: 0.0264 seconds (approximately 12 feet). Skuza with low E.T. of the round and he will have lane choice over Force in the semifinal.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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