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Sat, 16 Mar 2013, 14:34 PM

Funny Car Qualifying Notes, Session #3
By Michael L. Jex





GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Notes from round 3 qualifying in Funny Car at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 44th annual Amalie Oil NHRA Gatornationals 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: Dale Creasy Jr. Runs 6.237/123.61, Now #13; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Blake Alexander Runs 4.257/293.92, Now #12; Best prior run: 4.469/217.42, Was #12

Track temp is up to 105 degrees, it's quite a bit warmer than it was yesterday. Once again Creasy finds traction hard to come by just past the tree.

Left Lane: Tim Wilkerson Runs 4.131/304.67, Now #9; Best prior run: 4.139/302.21, Was #9
Right Lane: John Force Runs 4.137/308.14, Now #10; No Prior Run

Force's very talented crew chiefs evidently circled the wagons to troubleshoot and try to figure out what his Funny Car needs and wants, and lend Mike Neff a hand - Looks like it paid off!

Wilkerson drove his way to the line, his funny car danced from side-to-side most of the way. John Force's incremental times: 60ft-0.922 sec., 330ft-2.369, 660ft-3.347/265.06 mph.

Left Lane: Paul Lee Runs 4.461/258.37, Now #14; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Jeff Arend Runs 4.463/262.69, Now #15; No Prior Run

Nice side-by-side action - the fans loved it!

Left Lane: Tony Pedregon Runs 4.120/290.57, Now #7; Best prior run: 4.162/274.83, Was #11
Right Lane: Chad Head Runs 5.637/127.79, Now #16; No Prior Run

Chad lost traction, then dropped several cylinders when he tried to pedal it. Nice pass for Tony.

Left Lane: Robert Hight Runs 4.574/187.99, Now #6; Best prior run: 4.117/308.21, Was #6
Right Lane: Alexis DeJoria Runs 5.542/130.73, Now #8; Best prior run: 4.121/306.53, Was #8

Both cars were off the nitro pedal and coasting well before the finish line...

Left Lane: Ron Capps Runs 4.901/159.95, Now #5; Best prior run: 4.115/304.94, Was #5
Right Lane: Courtney Force Runs 4.132/309.98, Now #11; No Prior Run

Both cars were fired up and running, when they were given the cut-throat sign to shut off. Evidently we've got some stuff on the track - so we're on hold here. No burnouts were done, we'll see what happens next... 2:24 p.m.

2:30 p.m. After a cleanup - Ron & Courtney are refired, and we're back underway. Courtney runs .05 quicker than her dad - Capps had issues at about the same spot on the track as many other teams have had so far this round.

Left Lane: Matt Hagan Runs 4.084/308.99, Now #3; Best prior run: 4.114/302.89, Was #4
Right Lane: Bob Tasca III Runs 4.683/183.12, Now #13; Best prior run: 4.204/302.35, Was #13

Hagan's team did a great job - nice lap in a lane where many have had struggles so far. Matt Hagan's incremental times: 60ft-0.890 sec., 330ft-2.303, 660ft-3.290/260.21 mph.

Left Lane: Del Worsham Runs 7.176/89.83, Now #4; Best prior run: 4.110/309.98, Was #4
Right Lane: Jack Beckman Runs 5.943/113.35, Now #9; Best prior run: 4.122/302.55, Was #9

Nope. Worsham lost traction first, followed less than a second later by Beckman.

Left Lane: Johnny Gray Runs 4.079/308.07, Now #2; Best prior run: 4.071/313.22, Was #2
Right Lane: Cruz Pedregon Runs 6.859/96.51, Now #1; Best prior run: 4.047/296.05, Was #1

Cruz found the traction limit in the right lane - Gray has been consistent, just .008 slower than his 2nd run yesterday. 2:42 p.m.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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