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Sun, 15 Sep 2013, 13:44 PM

Funny Car Round 1 Eliminations
By Dave Rowe





CONCORD, N.C. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Funny Car at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, Sixth annual Carlyle Tools NHRA Carolina Nationals presented by NAPA Auto Parts:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   72 Tony Pedregon                           8 Tim Wilkerson                
E1   ****WINNER****  0.084  4.083 308.78                     0.129  5.204 142.34
 Qualified:            #14  4.113 297.55                        #3  4.020 318.99
1:14 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 78 degrees, relative humidity 58 percent, barometer 29.51 inches, adjusted altitude 2,517 feet, track temperature 104 degrees.

Pedregon is 22 - 16 against Wilkerson in prior events.

Pedregon gets out of the gate first and starts to pull away. Wilkerson gets about 300 feet out, strikes the tires and has to back off the throttle. Pedregon went right down the groove with his quickest pass of the year to take his first round win this year.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    5 Courtney Force                         77 Bob Tasca III                
E1   ****WINNER****  0.082  4.094 313.95                     0.094  4.119 312.42
 Qualified:             #4  4.021 319.37                       #13  4.113 302.41
Force is 6 - 1 against Tasca III in prior events.

Not much difference between these two off the line, then Force starts pulling away. Tasca starts to make up ground just past the 330 foot mark, then started falling back again late in the run.

Courtney Force's incremental margins: 60ft(0.044), 330 ft(0.051), 660ft(0.035). MOV: 0.0379 seconds (approximately 17 feet).


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    4 Cruz Pedregon                         206 Bob Gilbertson               
E1   ****WINNER****  0.090  4.087 308.07                           No Time      
 Qualified:             #1  3.980 319.22                       #16 21.751  30.46
Pedregon is 6 - 1 against Gilbertson in prior events.

Gilbertson had problems getting the engine to start and was not able to make a pass.

Pedregon goes right down the groove with a clean pass to move on to the next round.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 2814 Matt Hagan                             10 Jeff Arend                   
E1   ****WINNER****  0.063  4.107 311.56                     0.075  4.117 309.70
 Qualified:             #2  3.992 320.58                       #15  5.176 144.30
Hagan is 14 - 7 against Arend in prior events.

Hagan gets the advantage off the line, and extends his lead the first sixty feet. Arend starts to reel him in, gets close at the 660 foot mark, then Hagan starts pulling away again and takes the win.

Matt Hagan's incremental margins: 60ft(0.044), 330 ft(0.027), 660ft(0.019). MOV: 0.0228 seconds (approximately 10 feet).


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  771 Alexis DeJoria                         28 Ron Capps                    
E1                   0.090 11.066  78.26     ****WINNER****  0.070  4.103 311.92
 Qualified:             #5  4.027 310.70                       #12  4.103 308.14
Capps is 3 - 1 against DeJoria in prior events.

DeJoria hits the throttle, moves a foot or two and goes up in smoke. Capps pulls away quickly, equals his qualifying time and takes the win.

Courtney Force will have lane choice over Capps in the next round.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  750 Del Worsham                             1 Jack Beckman                 
E1                   0.100  5.358 154.02     ****WINNER****  0.082  4.100 310.77
 Qualified:             #6  4.034 317.72                       #11  4.099 309.91
Beckman is 12 - 4 against Worsham in prior events.

Beckman comes off the line first and starts to pull away. Worsham gets about sixty feet out, strikes the tires and has to give up on the run. Beckman went right down the groove with a clean pass to take the win.

Tony Pedregon will have lane choice over Beckman in the next round.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    6 Johnny Gray                             9 John Force                   
E1                   0.060  4.144 309.42     ****WINNER****  0.072  4.076 315.93
 Qualified:            #10  4.093 308.14                        #7  4.038 317.94
Force is 11 - 9 against Gray in prior events.

Gray gets off the line first but Force pull even just past the sixty foot mark. Force went right down the groove with the quickest pass of the round so far and took the win, passing Gray in the points chase into the third spot.

John Force's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.006), 330 ft(0.019), 660ft(0.041). MOV: 0.0561 seconds (approximately 25 feet).

Force will have lane choice over Capps in the next round.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 3111 Chad Head                               7 Robert Hight                 
E1                   0.110  4.863 169.13     ****WINNER****  0.088  4.075 310.77
 Qualified:             #9  4.090 305.91                        #8  4.042 309.84
Hight is 2 - 0 against Head in prior events.

Head is a little behind off the line, gets about 200 feet out, starts hazing the tires and puts out a cylinder. Hight went right down the groove with the quickest pass of the round to take the win. With the win and Wilkerson's loss, Hight moves up to the eighth spot in the points chase.

Hight will have lane choice over Cruz Pedregon in the next round.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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