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Mon, 02 Sep 2013, 14:10 PM

Funny Car Round 2 Eliminations
By David Gerard





BROWNSBURG, Ind. - Results of round 2 eliminations in Funny Car at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 59th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    7 Robert Hight                            6 Johnny Gray                  
E2   ****WINNER****  0.094  4.557 273.44                     0.090  4.676 210.21
 Prior rounds:
E1    (C Pedregon  ) 0.069  4.054 315.27      (T Pedregon  ) 0.071  4.060 313.66
 Qualified:             #7  4.056 310.91                        #2  4.012 312.13
1:50 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 82 degrees, relative humidity 62 percent, barometer 28.97 inches, adjusted altitude 3,479 feet, track temperature 110 degrees.

Hight is 10 - 7 against Gray in prior events and has lane choice.

WOW! Gray has a small 0.004 head start and starts to pull steadily ahead to just before the 660 lights, where both cars kick the tires. Hight pumps and gets the tires to quickly recover and Gary pumps and doesn't. It's all Hight after that.

Robert Hight's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.001), 330 ft(-0.057), 660ft(-0.070). MOV: 0.1157 seconds (approximately 36 feet).

Robert Hight's incremental times: 60ft-0.910 sec., 330ft-2.397, 660ft-3.636/213.91 mph.
Johnny Gray's incremental times: 60ft-0.913 sec., 330ft-2.344, 660ft-3.570/196.85 mph.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    8 Tim Wilkerson                          28 Ron Capps                    
E2   ****WINNER****  0.111  4.155 300.26                     0.075  4.405 235.10
 Prior rounds:
E1    (B Tasca III ) 0.090  4.028 315.86      (A DeJoria   ) 0.062  4.062 315.05
 Qualified:            #13  4.086 312.50                        #5  4.049 315.27
Capps is 27 - 15 against Wilkerson in prior events.

Capps gets a big starting line advantage and pulls steadily ahead until just before the 660 lights. The tires start to smoke at that point and won't recover. Wilkerson drives on by for an easy win.

Tim Wilkerson's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.056), 330 ft(-0.071), 660ft(0.017). MOV: 0.2144 seconds (approximately 74 feet).

Tim Wilkerson's incremental times: 60ft-0.928 sec., 330ft-2.361, 660ft-3.345/260.61 mph.
Ron Capps' incremental times: 60ft-0.908 sec., 330ft-2.326, 660ft-3.398/218.83 mph.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   10 Jeff Arend                              1 Jack Beckman                 
E2                   0.088  4.586 244.21     ****WINNER****  0.113  4.219 285.71
 Prior rounds:
E1    (M Hagan     ) 0.112  4.144 307.86      (C Head      ) 0.104  4.019 316.45
 Qualified:            #16  4.138 306.12                        #8  4.062 310.20
Beckman is 14 - 4 against Arend in prior events and on a march for the 100K Double Up win.

Arend is looking for an upset and jumps ahead at the green and is on a strong pass until right after the 330 lights, where the tires start to smoke. Beckman's motor wasn't happy, but he still gets by for the vital win. Wilkerson will have lane choice next round.

Jack Beckman's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.006), 330 ft(-0.004), 660ft(0.187). MOV: 0.3425 seconds (more than 100 feet).

Jeff Arend's incremental times: 60ft-0.937 sec., 330ft-2.390, 660ft-3.595/205.98 mph.
Jack Beckman's incremental times: 60ft-0.918 sec., 330ft-2.369, 660ft-3.383/252.10 mph.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    9 John Force                            750 Del Worsham                  
E2                   0.070 10.601  73.27     ****WINNER****  0.091  4.135 309.91
 Prior rounds:
E1    (P Lee       ) -0.039  4.062 319.14      (C Force     ) 0.128  4.054 317.57
 Qualified:             #6  4.052 313.58                        #3  4.045 313.15
Force is 46 - 22 against Worsham in prior events.

Force gets away first and has the slicks smoking before sixty feet.

Worsham drives on by and takes the easy win. The win secures him a spot in the Countdown. That also ends any chance for Tasca.

Del Worsham's incremental times: 60ft-0.919 sec., 330ft-2.363, 660ft-3.348/263.46 mph.

2:04 p.m. Capps locks in the #2 spot on the Countdown ladder.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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