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Fri, 10 May 2013, 17:46 PM

Funny Car Qualifying Notes, Final Session
By Dave Rowe





COMMERCE, Ga. - Notes from final, round 2 qualifying in Funny Car at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 33rd annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals 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: Del Worsham Runs 4.172/302.41, Now #9; Best prior run: 11.784/69.17, Was #17
Right Lane: Jeff Arend Runs 4.211/300.60, Now #13; Best prior run: 5.080/172.34, Was #16

5:21 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 81 degrees, relative humidity 49 percent, barometer 29.23 inches, adjusted altitude 2,922 feet.

Worsham goes right down the groove on this one and gets in the field in the ninth spot for now. Arend makes a clean pass to get in the show.


Left Lane: Cruz Pedregon Runs 4.086/303.37, Now #1; Best prior run: 4.485/204.08, Was #16
Right Lane: Bob Tasca III Runs 6.691/95.02, Now #11; Best prior run: 4.184/302.62, Was #10

Tasca gets about 200 feet out, strikes the tires and has to give up on the run. Pedregon makes an impressive pass and moves up to the top spot for now.

Left Lane: Blake Alexander Runs 4.216/284.33, Now #15; Best prior run: 4.293/290.19, Was #16
Right Lane: Chad Head Runs 4.110/314.90, Now #4; Best prior run: 4.167/299.86, Was #9

Alexander makes a decent pass and is able to get off the bump. Head makes a clean, straight pass, sets the track speed record and moves up to the fourth spot for now.

Left Lane: Tony Pedregon Runs 4.667/184.22, Now #16; Best prior run: 4.232/286.92, Was #16
Right Lane: Ron Capps Runs 4.073/313.15, Now #1; Best prior run: 4.150/305.22, Was #8

Pedregon gets about 500 feet out, strikes the tires and backs off the throttle. Capps goes right down the groove and moves into the top spot for now.

Left Lane: Alexis DeJoria Runs 4.802/168.77, Now #13; Best prior run: 4.195/299.06, Was #13
Right Lane: Matt Hagan Runs 4.067/312.86, Now #1; Best prior run: 4.138/305.29, Was #8

DeJoria gets about 400 feet out and goes up in smoke. Hagan makes an impressive pass, sets the track record and takes the top spot for now.

Left Lane: Jack Beckman Runs 4.093/308.99, Now #5; Best prior run: 4.184/302.62, Was #12
Right Lane: Tim Wilkerson Runs 4.089/307.58, Now #4; Best prior run: 4.123/301.87, Was #8

A good side-by-side, both right down the groove. Wilkerson makes his quickest pass of the year to move up to the fourth spot.

Left Lane: Johnny Gray Runs 4.128/309.56, Now #10; Best prior run: 4.161/303.37, Was #10
Right Lane: John Force Runs 4.461/199.20, Now #9; Best prior run: 4.117/310.20, Was #9

Force gets about 600 feet out and the flames go out, not sure why. Gray improves but not enough to move up in the field.

Left Lane: Courtney Force Runs 4.118/314.24, Now #6; Best prior run: 4.100/314.61, Was #6
Right Lane: Robert Hight Runs 7.353/84.36, Now #7; Best prior run: 4.101/313.66, Was #7

At the beginning of this round these cars were one and two and been bumped down to six and seven.

Force makes a clean pass but doesn't improve. Hight gets about 400 feet out, goes up in smoke and has to back off the throttle.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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