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Sat, 13 Nov 2010, 03:42 PM

Funny Car Qualifying Notes, Session #3
By Larry Sullivan

POMONA, Calif. - Notes from round 3 qualifying in Funny Car at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, 46th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals 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:
Right Lane: Tim Wilkerson Runs 4.574/191.29, Now #12; No Prior Run

11:54 a.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 73 degrees, relative humidity 21 percent, barometer 29.02 inches, adjusted altitude 2,311 feet, track temperature 92 degrees.

Wilkerson had a huge explosion and fire yesterday, is running the Summit body today. He started losing traction before the 660-foot marker on this run.

Left Lane: Terry Haddock Runs 8.331/88.25, Now #15; No Prior Run
Right Lane: James Day Runs 8.087/86.47, Now #14; No Prior Run

200 feet and tire smoke, both lanes.

Left Lane: Justin Schriefer Runs 6.581/101.25, Now #14; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Matt Hagan Runs 4.136/288.70, Now #6; Best prior run: 4.139/293.86, Was #6

Hagan is already in the field, but had a bad run yesterday, so he had to run early in this session. Schriefer's run will set a 16-car bump spot.

Good pass by Hagan, a few thousandths better than his run Thursday. Schriefer lost traction about 200 feet out. That puts Terry Haddock on the bump spot at 8.331.

Left Lane: Jim Head Runs 5.027/158.78, Now #13; Best prior run: 4.751/172.01, Was #13
Right Lane: Paul Lee Runs 4.143/304.67, Now #7; Best prior run: 4.167/304.39, Was #9

Head lost traction about half way to the stripe, but Lee made his best run of the weekend and he's in the top half of the field (for now).

Left Lane: Jeff Arend Runs 4.153/294.88, Now #9; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Ron Capps Runs 4.437/250.88, Now #13; No Prior Run

These two have yet to make a full pass this weekend, losing traction in both prior attempts.

Capps lost traction about 660 feet down the track, but Arend motored right down the groove.

Left Lane: Tony Pedregon Runs 4.292/232.27, Now #11; Best prior run: 4.179/296.57, Was #11
Right Lane: Melanie Troxel Runs 4.261/290.07, Now #13; No Prior Run

Both cars went down the track pretty well for about 800 feet, then both cars got a bit loose and moved around a lot, Pedregon's car making a couple of hard moves.

Left Lane: Bob Bode Runs 4.709/175.48, Now #10; Best prior run: 4.153/293.66, Was #10
Right Lane: Bob Tasca III Runs 4.204/280.54, Now #12; Best prior run: 4.190/290.38, Was #12

Jim Head is on the bump spot at 4.751.

Bode's car lost traction violently at about half track. Tasca made a full pass, did not improve.

Left Lane: Del Worsham Runs 4.188/299.73, Now #4; Best prior run: 4.114/307.93, Was #4
Right Lane: Gary Densham Runs 5.563/143.43, Now #17; No Prior Run

Densham was up in smoke in a couple hundred feet. Worsham made a full pass, did not improve.

Left Lane: John Force Runs 4.906/159.32, Now #3; Best prior run: 4.085/310.34, Was #3
Right Lane: Grant Downing Runs 5.370/139.79, Now #17; No Prior Run

Force will need something better than a 4.153 to earn a bonus point - Matt Hagan has already run currently is quickest of the session, potentially three bonus points.

Both cars lost traction, Downing after 200 feet, Force after about 400. That changes championship situation, Force is now 42 points back, but three positions ahead in qualifying.

Left Lane: Robert Hight Runs 6.202/109.32, Now #2; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Jack Beckman Runs 4.136/306.46, Now #6; No Prior Run

Hight smoked them about where Force lost teaction. Beckman made a nice run, moved ahead of Hagan in the order and the session, now Force is qualified four spots ahead of Hagan, but Hagan is 41 points ahead.

Left Lane: Ashley Force Hood No Time, Now #1; Best prior run: 4.076/309.98, Was #1
Right Lane: Cruz Pedregon Runs 4.283/224.85, Now #5; Best prior run: 4.128/298.67, Was #5

Both cars were spinning the tires before the stripe. Force Hood left some oil on the track and her run was wiped out.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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