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Sat, 20 Apr 2013, 16:17 PM

Funny Car Qualifying Notes, Final Session
By Dave Rowe

CONCORD, N.C. - Notes from final, round 2 qualifying in Funny Car at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, Fourth annual Dollar General NHRA Four-Wide Nationals fueled by Full Throttle 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:
Lane 2: Tony Pedregon Runs 4.739/189.18, Now #9; No Prior Run

3:37 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 68 degrees, relative humidity 28 percent, barometer 29.46 inches, adjusted altitude 1,467 feet, track temperature 108 degrees.

Pedregon gets out of shape, pedals two or three times, but runs well enough to get in the show for now.

Lane 1: Del Worsham Runs 4.111/309.27, Now #4; Best prior run: 8.923/88.46, Was #14
Lane 2: Alexis DeJoria Runs 4.194/296.83, Now #6; Best prior run: 10.240/85.18, Was #16
Lane 3: Blake Alexander Runs 4.280/293.22, Now #7; No Prior Run
Lane 4: Cruz Pedregon Runs 4.571/244.38, Now #11; Best prior run: 10.161/73.28, Was #15

Worsham makes a clean pass, right down the groove, and he moves up to the fourth spot.

DeJoria is able to make a full pass on this one and gets off the bump.

Alexander makes a decent pass and gets in the show in the seventh spot for now.

Pedregon gets about 300 feet out, starts hazing the tires and has to pedal.

Dale Creasy Jr. is on the bump spot at 6.257.

Lane 1: Johnny Gray Runs 5.363/230.10, Now #17; Best prior run: 7.564/81.83, Was #17
Lane 2: Dale Creasy Jr. Runs 4.618/267.06, Now #14; Best prior run: 6.257/122.38, Was #16
Lane 3: Tim Wilkerson Runs 4.095/306.95, Now #4; Best prior run: 5.162/167.80, Was #14
Lane 4: Robert Hight Runs 4.879/166.25, Now #16; Best prior run: 6.139/116.46, Was #15

Gray gets about 300 feet out, hazes the tires and will not make the show.

Creasy gets a little further, loses traction, but stays with it and gets off the bump.

Wilkerson made a full pass and moves all the way to the fourth spot.

Hight gets about 500 feet out and bangs the blower. The front of the car's body comes off and lands at the 660' mark. The rest of the body comes off and goes over the wall about 800 feet down. Even after all the excitement he still manages to improve on his earlier run but is on the bump spot.

Lane 1: Jeff Arend Runs 4.264/290.32, Now #9; Best prior run: 4.609/181.42, Was #13
Lane 2: Courtney Force Runs 5.215/142.03, Now #12; Best prior run: 4.533/190.65, Was #11
Lane 3: Matt Hagan Runs 4.137/303.09, Now #6; Best prior run: 4.460/251.16, Was #10
Lane 4: John Force Runs 4.646/177.84, Now #2; Best prior run: 4.039/316.08, Was #2

Arend makes a decent pass and improves to the ninth spot.

Courtney Force hazes the tires early, makes a move to the left and she backs out of the throttle.

Hagan goes right down the groove and moves into the sixth spot. John Force was out of the throttle about 600 feet out, not sure why.

Lane 1: Bob Tasca III Runs 6.852/91.55, Now #7; Best prior run: 4.162/307.16, Was #7
Lane 2: Ron Capps Runs 4.954/155.40, Now #11; Best prior run: 4.319/219.72, Was #11
Lane 3: Jack Beckman Runs 8.745/78.66, Now #3; Best prior run: 4.071/311.99, Was #3
Lane 4: Chad Head Runs 6.806/70.79, Now #1; Best prior run: 4.014/315.19, Was #1

Tasca goes up in smoke about 200 feet out and has to back off the throttle.

Beckman gets a little further, loses traction and gives up on the run.

Capps was on a decent pass but had problems late in the run.

Head had problems early, the chute coming out about 500 feet out and he slows.

Head hangs on to take the pole in only the third race of his career.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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