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Fri, 05 Oct 2012, 18:27 PM

Funny Car Qualifying Notes, Session #2
By Jim Samuel





MOHNTON, Pa. - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Funny Car at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, 28th annual Auto-Plus NHRA 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: Matt Hagan Runs 4.074/311.92, Now #3; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Bob Tasca III Runs 4.122/298.34, Now #9; Best prior run: 9.742/80.44, Was #17

5:17 p.m. - Weather conditions: air temperature 79 degrees, relative humidity 47 percent, barometer 29.42 inches, adjusted altitude 2,578 feet, track temperature 92 degrees.

Neither driver was in the top 12 when this session started. After they made their runs, Hagan was in the number three spot for now and Tasca was in the ninth spot. Alexis DeJoria is on the bump spot at 4.165.


Left Lane: Ron Capps Runs 7.613/87.52, Now #18; Best prior run: 7.485/88.37, Was #18
Right Lane: Johnny Gray Runs 4.090/313.37, Now #4; Best prior run: 7.397/82.20, Was #17

Capps launched and got about 200 feet when he shook the rear tires hard. Gray, who was not in the top 12 before this run, took his car straight down his lane to move into the fourth spot in the order for now.

Left Lane: Blake Alexander Runs 4.163/293.60, Now #13; Best prior run: 4.189/299.93, Was #14
Right Lane: Tony Pedregon Runs 4.501/267.64, Now #16; Best prior run: 5.219/146.48, Was #17

Both drivers were quicker than the first session but not quick enough to make the top 10. Pedregon's car started losing cylinders at mid track, and trailed smoke as he crossed the finish line.

Left Lane: Alexis DeJoria Runs 4.032/319.07, Now #2; Best prior run: 4.165/294.95, Was #14
Right Lane: Mike Smith Runs 10.204/76.30, Now #17; Best prior run: 4.761/178.00, Was #17

Smith got out to 330 feet, then went up in smoke....the rear tires on his car, not Smith himself. DeJoria had a really nice run to move up 12 spots in the order and into the number two spot for now.

Left Lane: Tim Wilkerson Runs 4.410/201.70, Now #13; Best prior run: 4.150/284.15, Was #13
Right Lane: Todd Lesenko Runs 4.176/272.23, Now #15; Best prior run: 4.298/270.05, Was #15

Neither drive was quick enough to make the top 12, so both will have to try again tomorrow to make the field.

Left Lane: Robert Hight Runs 4.061/321.81, Now #5; Best prior run: 4.113/308.92, Was #8
Right Lane: John Force Runs 4.038/315.19, Now #4; Best prior run: 4.114/307.65, Was #9

Hight moved up three spots in the order with a career best speed and a new track speed record. Force moved up five spots, into the number four spot for now with his season best ET.

Left Lane: Jim Head Runs 6.123/106.09, Now #9; Best prior run: 4.107/301.60, Was #9
Right Lane: Courtney Force Runs 5.082/146.56, Now #8; Best prior run: 4.091/311.99, Was #8

Head only got 100 feet out when the engine let go and flame shot out from under his car. Force got to the 660 foot marker when she clicked it off.

Left Lane: Mike Neff Runs 4.017/318.84, Now #1; Best prior run: 4.026/315.93, Was #1
Right Lane: Cruz Pedregon Runs 8.278/82.25, Now #3; Best prior run: 4.034/313.00, Was #3

Neff and Pedregon were together at 60 feet, but then Pedregon lost power and coasted while Neff recorded his career best ET and speed to take over the number one spot in the order.

Left Lane: Jeff Arend Runs 4.097/307.86, Now #10; Best prior run: 4.137/306.95, Was #12
Right Lane: Jack Beckman Runs 3.989/320.58, Now #1; Best prior run: 4.121/308.28, Was #10

Arend and Beckman were supposed to run after Wilkerson and Lesenko. Both drivers had down their burnouts and were getting ready to stage when they were told to shut off because of oil in the right lane, past the finish line. Beckman and Arend both took their cars back to the pits to refuel, before coming back to run now at the end of the second session in Funny Car qualifying.

The wait was worth it for Beckman as he let loose with a career best ET and speed to take the top spot in the order this evening. Arend also had a nice looking run, moving up two spots in the order. Beckman's pass was the second quickest Funny Car pass ever, behind Ron Capps' 3.964 second run.

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