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Sun, 14 Nov 2010, 05:10 PM

Funny Car Round 2 Eliminations
By Larry Sullivan





POMONA, Calif. - Results of round 2 eliminations in Funny Car at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, 46th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  507 Melanie Troxel                          7 Del Worsham                  
E2   ****WINNER****  0.094  4.307 240.38                     0.128  5.783 192.74
 Prior rounds:
E1    (R Hight     ) 0.100  4.260 287.66      (R Capps     ) 0.093  4.132 302.14
 Qualified:            #14  4.239 289.14                        #6  4.114 307.93
1:50 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 76 degrees, relative humidity 25 percent, barometer 28.88 inches, adjusted altitude 2,705 feet, track temperature 103 degrees.

Worsham is 1 - 0 against Troxel in prior events, that win coming in the second round of the Spring race in Las Vegas.

Troxel evens the score here, Worsham up in smoke immediately. She dropped a cylinder on the top end and slowed, but Worsham was not in the picture by then.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  170 Jeff Arend                              2 Ashley Force Hood            
E2   ****WINNER****  0.077  4.186 299.13                     0.111  4.642 215.65
 Prior rounds:
E1    (P Lee       ) 0.166  4.292 284.45      (J Head      ) 0.123  4.113 307.02
 Qualified:             #9  4.153 294.88                        #1  4.076 309.98
Arend is 3 - 2 against Force Hood in prior events, but she is 1-0 in round two matchups.

Arend evens the tally, Force Hood losing traction near half track.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  340 Bob Bode                                9 John Force                   
E2                   0.146  4.225 295.34     ****WINNER****  0.093  4.162 304.60
 Prior rounds:
E1    (J Beckman   ) 0.013  4.200 299.46      (G Densham   ) 0.092  4.116 307.23
 Qualified:            #10  4.153 293.66                        #2  4.077 305.70
Force is 7 - 0 against Bode in prior events, but the two have never met in the second round.

This race will determine the 2010 Full Throttle Funny Car championship, Force wins, he's the champion for the 15th time. Force loses, Matt Hagan is the champion.

Bode made a race of it, but Bode was second off the line by a substantial margin and Force led all the way, running low ET of the round to clinch the championship. Force will have lane choice against Troxel in the semifinals.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    6 Tony Pedregon                           8 Bob Tasca III                
E2                   0.041  4.268 288.77     ****WINNER****  0.051  4.189 301.60
 Prior rounds:
E1    (C Pedregon  ) 0.043  4.230 289.63      (M Hagan     ) 0.065  4.148 303.57
 Qualified:            #12  4.179 296.57                       #13  4.190 290.38
Tasca holds a 7-2 record against Pedregon, 2-0 in round two.

This was a good drag race, pedregon with the early lead, but Tasca took the point before the 330-foot marker and pulled away for the win. He will face Arend in the semifinals, Arend has lane choice by three thousandths.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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