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Sun, 01 Sep 2013, 12:49 PM

Funny Car Round 1 Eliminations
By Rick Green

BROWNSBURG, Ind. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Funny Car at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, Second annual NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootout for Funny Car:

    9 John Force                              4 Cruz Pedregon                
E1                   0.070  4.056 312.71     ****WINNER****  0.027  4.068 309.06
 Qualified:             #5  0.005   NS                          #4  0.004   NS  
Weather conditions: air temperature 82 degrees, relative humidity 64 percent, barometer 28.88 inches, adjusted altitude 3,610 feet, track temperature 110 degrees.

These two have identical E.T.s so far this weekend. Force is the defending event champion. Pedregon with the starting line advantage and the power to hold on for the hole shot win. Cruz Pedregon's MOV: 0.0311 seconds (approximately 14 feet).

    6 Johnny Gray                             5 Courtney Force               
E1                   0.077  4.122 309.70     ****WINNER****  0.075  4.116 312.06
 Qualified:             #3  0.003   NS                          #6  0.006   NS  
Gray has run 4.012 seconds earlier this weekend and C. Force has run a quick of 4.088 seconds this weekend. They leave together with force getting a slight starting line advantage and never trailed for the win. Courtney Force's MOV: 0.0081 seconds (approximately 4 feet).

   28 Ron Capps                               1 Jack Beckman                 
E1                   0.073  4.118 304.46     ****WINNER****  0.071  4.062 310.20
 Qualified:             #2  0.002   NS                          #7  0.007   NS  
Capps was the runner-up last year and he has run a quick of 4.049 seconds this weekend. Beckman has a quick of 4.145 seconds this weekend. They leave together and then is all Beckman for the win by 0.0587 seconds (approximately 26 feet). Beckman will have lane choice over C. Force in the semifinal.

 2814 Matt Hagan                              8 Tim Wilkerson                
E1                   0.062  4.109 311.20     ****WINNER****  0.077  4.086 312.50
 Qualified:             #1  0.001   NS                          #8  0.008   NS  
Hagan set the track record last night with 4.007 second pass and Wilkerson has run a quick of 4.130 seconds. Hagan with the starting line advantage and the lead until around 660 feet when Wilkerson was able to chase him down. Tim Wilkerson's MOV: 0.0084 seconds (approximately 4 feet). Wilkerson will give up lane choice to C. Pedregon in the semifinal.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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