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Sun, 24 Feb 2013, 17:23 PM

Funny Car Round 3 Eliminations
By David Gerard





CHANDLER, Ariz. - Results of round 3 eliminations in Funny Car at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 29th annual NHRA Arizona Nationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    8 Tim Wilkerson                          28 Ron Capps                    
E3                   0.099 10.942  85.73     ****WINNER****  0.106  4.037 316.67
 Prior rounds:
E2    (R Hight     ) 0.096  4.102 309.06      (C Pedregon  ) 0.080  4.059 310.55
E1    (D Worsham   ) 0.107  4.252 245.94      (T Pedregon  ) 0.093  4.061 313.51
 Qualified:             #8  4.110 305.01                        #5  4.081 308.35
3:10 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 64 degrees, relative humidity 16 percent, barometer 28.73 inches, adjusted altitude 1,965 feet, track temperature 85 degrees.

Both pairs of cars in this round will be a Ford vs. Dodge matchup. Capps is 24 - 14 against Wilkerson in prior events.

Capps' car has run 4.061 and 4.059 in the first two rounds and picks up the pace with a stout 4.037, just missing low ET. It's a picture perfect pass with a big speed to match.

Wilkerson's tires were up in smoke hard at the green and his day was over.

Ron Capps' incremental times: 60ft-0.885 sec., 330ft-2.299, 660ft-3.263/268.65 mph.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    9 John Force                           2814 Matt Hagan                   
E3                   0.068  4.105 315.56     ****WINNER****  0.070  4.049 311.13
 Prior rounds:
E2    (T Lesenko   ) 0.166  8.107  74.04      (B Tasca III ) 0.069  4.259 254.76
E1    (A DeJoria   ) 0.115  4.047 316.82      (P Burkart   ) 0.115  4.078 310.27
 Qualified:             #6  4.100 312.64                        #2  4.062 311.20
Force is 7 - 4 against Hagan in prior events.

Force's Mustang like the left lane and keep the tires stuck going down the track.

Hagan is just 0.002 behind Force at the green, but is out in front before the sixty foot lights and stays there for a decisive win.

He gives up lane choice to Capps in the final round.

Matt Hagan's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(0.054), 330 ft(0.077), 660ft(0.064). MOV: 0.0546 seconds (approximately 25 feet).

John Force's incremental times: 60ft-0.946 sec., 330ft-2.372, 660ft-3.332/269.13 mph.
Matt Hagan's incremental times: 60ft-0.890 sec., 330ft-2.293, 660ft-3.266/265.80 mph.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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