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Sun, 11 Nov 2012, 17:09 PM

Funny Car Round 2 Eliminations
By David Gerard





POMONA, Calif. - Results of round 2 eliminations in Funny Car at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, 48th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    5 Mike Neff                               3 Cruz Pedregon                
E2                   0.169  4.058 314.53     ****WINNER****  0.071  4.082 298.60
 Prior rounds:
E1    (P Lee       ) 0.120  4.227 268.06      (G Downing   ) 0.091  4.191 231.24
 Qualified:            #10  4.062 313.66                        #2  4.008 319.60
1:51 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 67 degrees, relative humidity 22 percent, barometer 29.09 inches, adjusted altitude 1,805 feet, track temperature 90 degrees.

Neff is 7 - 5 against Pedregon in prior events.

Neff is just asleep on the line and it costs him big time. Pedregon is ready and has the power to stay out if front all the way down the track with about the same leading margin to take the hole shot win.

Cruz Pedregon's incremental margins: 60ft(0.084), 330 ft(0.095), 660ft(0.095). MOV: 0.0742 seconds (approximately 34 feet).

Mike Neff's incremental times: 60ft-0.898 sec., 330ft-2.314, 660ft-3.278/267.32 mph.
Cruz Pedregon's incremental times: 60ft-0.912 sec., 330ft-2.317, 660ft-3.281/264.29 mph.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   10 Tim Wilkerson                         746 Courtney Force               
E2                   0.091  9.821  86.19     ****WINNER****  0.083  4.064 317.12
 Prior rounds:
E1    (J Head      ) 0.086  5.795 263.56      (M Hagan     ) 0.085  4.055 318.02
 Qualified:            #12  4.075 306.74                        #4  4.032 315.93
Force is 2 - 0 against Wilkerson in prior events.

Force gets the staring line advantage, but doesn't need it, when Wilkerson's tires are immediately up in smoke. She makes another low four second pass into round three.

Courtney Force's incremental times: 60ft-0.911 sec., 330ft-2.332, 660ft-3.292/269.83 mph.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    4 Robert Hight                           28 Ron Capps                    
E2                   0.092  5.452 143.12     ****WINNER****  0.084  4.071 315.19
 Prior rounds:
E1    (J Gray      ) 0.095  4.529 263.92      (T Pedregon  ) 0.083  4.092 311.13
 Qualified:             #9  4.053 313.07                        #1  4.007 319.29
Hight is 21 - 12 against Capps in prior events. Another nail biting round for Capps.

It's Capps from start to finish. He is away first and flies ahead , when Hight smokes the tire about one hundred feet out. It's a great straight and clean pass, but he will give up lane choice to Force in round 3.

Ron Capps' incremental margins: 60ft(0.034), 330 ft(0.248), 660ft(0.639). MOV: 1.3891 seconds (more than 100 feet).

Ron Capps' incremental times: 60ft-0.900 sec., 330ft-2.309, 660ft-3.282/265.06 mph.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    2 Jack Beckman                            8 Jeff Arend                   
E2   ****WINNER****  0.102  4.027 317.79                     0.063  4.113 311.92
 Prior rounds:
E1    (A DeJoria   ) 0.105  4.038 317.19      (J Force     ) 0.092  4.082 312.06
 Qualified:             #3  4.025 319.75                        #6  4.036 312.93
Beckman is 13 - 4 against Arend in prior events.

Arend gives it all he has off the line and still is behind before the sixty foot lights.

Beckman has the power and runs the quickest ET of the session to get the big win. He will keep lane choice when he races. Pedregon in the next round.

Jack Beckman's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(0.005), 330 ft(0.028), 660ft(0.042). MOV: 0.0476 seconds (approximately 22 feet).

Jack Beckman's incremental times: 60ft-0.883 sec., 330ft-2.280, 660ft-3.246/266.21 mph.
Jeff Arend's incremental times: 60ft-0.927 sec., 330ft-2.347, 660ft-3.327/264.70 mph.

2:04 p.m.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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