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Sun, 11 Nov 2012, 20:39 PM

Funny Car Final, Round 4 Eliminations
By David Gerard





POMONA, Calif. - Results of final, round 4 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
  746 Courtney Force                          3 Cruz Pedregon                
E4                   0.059  7.878  75.79     ****WINNER****  0.076  4.035 306.12
 Prior rounds:
E3    (R Capps     ) 0.080  4.069 318.24      (J Beckman   ) 0.082  4.023 314.09
E2    (T Wilkerson ) 0.083  4.064 317.12      (M Neff      ) 0.071  4.082 298.60
E1    (M Hagan     ) 0.085  4.055 318.02      (G Downing   ) 0.091  4.191 231.24
 Qualified:             #4  4.032 315.93                        #2  4.008 319.60
5:28 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 66 degrees, relative humidity 25 percent, barometer 29.09 inches, adjusted altitude 1,760 feet, track temperature 65 degrees.

Pedregon has a two to one advantage over Force in final rounds. He's 29 to 37 win/loss in overall final wins and is 1 win and 2 losses at this event. In 2012, his is 0 and 1 and Force is 1 and two in final rounds.

Force and Pedregon have each won once against the other in prior events and this is the first time they have faced each other in a final round.

Force wraps up a stellar rookie year in the final round, but the car is just not up to it. The Mustang had good flames, but the car just doesn't move off the line or down the track. She finally gives it up early, but the car still leaves "Stuff" off the line and down the track.

Pedregon is second off the line and flies on by and powers the Snap-on Camry to the finish line with another low four second pass. He was definitely going to make it hard to beat him. He is the 2012 World Finals Funny Car Champion.

Cruz Pedregon's incremental times: 60ft-0.918 sec., 330ft-2.306, 660ft-3.260/270.92 mph.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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