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Sat, 11 May 2013, 15:26 PM

Funny Car Round 3 Eliminations
By Dave Rowe





COMMERCE, Ga. - Results of round 3 eliminations in Funny Car at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 33rd annual Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Southern Nationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    8 Tim Wilkerson                        2814 Matt Hagan                   
E3                   0.079  4.714 220.58     ****WINNER****  0.044  4.106 311.05
 Prior rounds:
E2    (J Beckman   ) 0.087  4.142 303.71      (J Force     ) 0.065  4.104 309.56
E1    (A DeJoria   ) 0.090  4.139 307.79      (T Pedregon  ) 0.068  4.663 280.02
 Qualified:             #4  4.089 307.58                        #1  4.067 312.86
3:15 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 80 degrees, relative humidity 54 percent, barometer 29.16 inches, adjusted altitude 2,998 feet, track temperature 102 degrees.

Hagan is 8 - 3 against Wilkerson in prior events.

Wilkerson is last off the line, gets about 200 feet out and strikes the tires. he pedals once, recovers, then backs off the throttle about 800 feet out. hagan went right down the groove with another clean pass to take the win.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    4 Cruz Pedregon                           6 Johnny Gray                  
E3                   0.087  4.099 302.41     ****WINNER****  0.046  4.088 311.34
 Prior rounds:
E2    (D Worsham   ) 0.059  4.124 299.60      (R Capps     ) 0.086  4.090 307.51
E1    (J Arend     ) 0.085  4.100 307.86      (R Hight     ) 0.083  4.137 309.27
 Qualified:             #3  4.086 303.37                       #10  4.128 309.56
Pedregon is 5 - 4 against Gray in prior events.

Gray was in the left lane but decided to switch after he saw Wilkerson's traction problems.

Gray gets off the line first and starts to pull away. Pedregon started drifting to the left and gets very close to the wall about 900 feet out. He is able to avoid the wall but wasn't able to run down Gray.

Gray makes his quickest pass of the weekend and will have lane choice over Hagan in the final round.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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