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Fri, 26 Apr 2013, 20:03 PM

Funny Car Qualifying Notes, Session #2
By Larry Sullivan

BAYTOWN, Texas - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Funny Car at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 26th annual O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries 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: Blake Alexander Runs 4.189/296.83, Now #4; Best prior run: 9.546/73.06, Was #17
Right Lane: Robert Hight Runs 4.117/309.56, Now #1; Best prior run: 8.690/73.00, Was #16

6:32 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 78 degrees, relative humidity 69 percent, barometer 30.08 inches, adjusted altitude 1,981 feet, track temperature 101 degrees.

Tony Pedregon is on the bump spot at 6.343.

These two had problems with tire smoke in the first session. This time they put on a nice exhibition of side-by-side racing. Hight pulled away on the top end to go to the #1 spot.

Robert Hight's incremental times: 60ft-0.911 sec., 330ft-2.336, 660ft-3.323/261.72 mph.

Left Lane: Ron Capps Runs 4.201/293.79, Now #8; Best prior run: 7.588/77.04, Was #16
Right Lane: Bob Tasca III Runs 4.154/307.72, Now #3; Best prior run: 7.740/79.11, Was #17

These two also had traction problems in the first session and both made much-improved runs here.


Left Lane: Tony Pedregon Runs 4.322/252.47, Now #11; Best prior run: 6.343/103.40, Was #16
Right Lane: Del Worsham Runs 4.768/226.05, Now #14; Best prior run: 7.003/94.35, Was #17

Cruz Pedregon was on the bump spot at 4.700 - but not for long, his brother bumping him out of the field. Now Johnny Gray is on the bump spot at 4.544.

Left Lane: Alexis DeJoria Runs 4.217/297.55, Now #10; Best prior run: 4.929/162.68, Was #15
Right Lane: Terry Haddock Runs 10.292/89.30, Now #16; Best prior run: 5.280/146.15, Was #16

Haddock was up in smoke immediately. DeJoria made a nice run and bumped into the field. Now Tony Pedregon is on the bump spot at 4.322.

Left Lane: Matt Hagan Runs 4.127/309.13, Now #3; Best prior run: 4.202/296.76, Was #9
Right Lane: Cruz Pedregon Runs 4.086/310.41, Now #1; Best prior run: 4.700/178.76, Was #14

Tony bumped Cruz earlier in this session. Paybacks are heck.

Cruz went right down the groove and right to the top of the pack, with Hagan not far behind.

Matt Hagan's incremental times: 60ft-0.899 sec., 330ft-2.338, 660ft-3.331/261.37 mph.
Cruz Pedregon's incremental times: 60ft-0.901 sec., 330ft-2.321, 660ft-3.297/264.86 mph.

Now Jeff Arend is on the bump spot at 4.221.

Left Lane: Jack Beckman Runs 4.117/304.39, Now #3; Best prior run: 4.191/287.78, Was #9
Right Lane: Johnny Gray Runs 8.451/82.09, Now #14; Best prior run: 4.544/227.65, Was #14

Gray was the last car in the lanes with a chance to bump Arend, but it didn't happen, Gray losing traction in the first 200 feet. Meanwhile, Beckman made a nice run, matching Hight's ET, but 5 mph slower.

Left Lane: Tim Wilkerson Runs 4.103/307.58, Now #2; Best prior run: 4.161/299.26, Was #7
Right Lane: Jeff Arend Runs 4.189/298.80, Now #8; Best prior run: 4.221/292.39, Was #12

Arend is safe, he'll go into Saturday on the bump spot of the 12-car field (or better).

Wilkerson steadily left Arend farther and farther behind, but Arend improved enough to move away from the 12th spot.

Tim Wilkerson's incremental times: 60ft-0.911 sec., 330ft-2.331, 660ft-3.307/263.82 mph.
Jeff Arend's incremental times: 60ft-0.923 sec., 330ft-2.354, 660ft-3.234/no speed recorded.

Left Lane: Courtney Force Runs 4.123/304.46, Now #5; Best prior run: 4.153/294.56, Was #6
Right Lane: John Force Runs 4.151/305.42, Now #7; Best prior run: 4.191/293.28, Was #10

Two nice runs, but Courtney beat up on Dad here, with a better ET and a better ET.

After two sessions, Cruz Pedregon is #1 and Alexis DeJoria is on the bump spot at 4.217.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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