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Sun, 17 Feb 2013, 19:42 PM

Funny Car Round 3 Eliminations
By David Gerard





POMONA, Calif. - Results of round 3 eliminations in Funny Car at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 53rd annual O'Reilly NHRA Winternationals presented by Super Start Batteries:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    6 Johnny Gray                            28 Ron Capps                    
E3                   0.089  4.056 301.07     ****WINNER****  0.063  4.036 316.23
 Prior rounds:
E2    (T Lesenko   ) 0.106  4.038 307.72      (G Densham   ) 0.086  4.251 241.84
E1    (A DeJoria   ) 0.097  4.056 314.31      (J Force     ) 0.079  4.108 313.58
 Qualified:             #7  4.085 308.28                        #6  4.073 311.92
4:30 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 66 degrees, relative humidity 46 percent, barometer 28.80 inches, adjusted altitude 2,227 feet, track temperature 78 degrees.

Capps is 14 - 6 against Gray in prior events.

Capps gets a small lead at the green and powers on down the track to make his best pass of the weekend. Both ET and MPH.

Gray was starting to catch him up going down the track with better incrementals through the 660 lights, but puts out some holes near the lights and slows.

Ron Capps' incremental margins: 60ft(0.024), 330 ft(0.012), 660ft(0.014). MOV: 0.0466 seconds (approximately 21 feet).

Johnny Gray's incremental times: 60ft-0.897 sec., 330ft-2.294, 660ft-3.253/264.96 mph.
Ron Capps' incremental times: 60ft-0.899 sec., 330ft-2.308, 660ft-3.265/270.48 mph.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    5 Courtney Force                         77 Bob Tasca III                
E3   ****WINNER****  0.098 10.422  49.91                    -0.086  4.142 311.34
 Prior rounds:
E2    (M Hagan     ) 0.074  4.070 312.64      (C Pedregon  ) 0.102  4.154 311.20
E1    (P Burkart   ) 0.110  4.066 316.97      (D Worsham   ) 0.088  4.137 311.56
 Qualified:             #1  4.036 318.24                       #13  4.190 305.08
Force is 3 - 1 against Tasca III in prior events.

Tasca needed a good light to have a chance to win, but goes red by a bunch instead.

Force gets the easy win, but will give up lane choice to Capps. Another terrific looking pass.

Courtney Force's incremental times: 60ft-0.913 sec., 330ft-3.057, 660ft-6.230/064.48 mph.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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