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Sun, 15 Sep 2013, 15:32 PM

Funny Car Round 2 Eliminations
By Dave Rowe





CONCORD, N.C. - Results of round 2 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                           1 Jack Beckman                 
E2                   0.078  4.312 244.96     ****WINNER****  0.088  4.075 311.70
 Prior rounds:
E1    (T Wilkerson ) 0.084  4.083 308.78      (D Worsham   ) 0.082  4.100 310.77
 Qualified:            #14  4.113 297.55                       #11  4.099 309.91
3:17 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 81 degrees, relative humidity 55 percent, barometer 29.48 inches, adjusted altitude 2,730 feet, track temperature 107 degrees.

Beckman is 13 - 5 against Pedregon in prior events.

Pedregon got his first round win of the year earlier and has lane choice here.

Pedregon got off the line first, then lost a cylinder and drifted toward the wall. Beckman was out in front by the time they reached the sixty foot mark, then pulled away for the win with his quickest pass of the weekend.

Beckman moves into fourth place in the points with the win.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   28 Ron Capps                               5 Courtney Force               
E2                   0.075  4.112 309.20     ****WINNER****  0.078  4.107 311.77
 Prior rounds:
E1    (A DeJoria   ) 0.070  4.103 311.92      (B Tasca III ) 0.082  4.094 313.95
 Qualified:            #12  4.103 308.14                        #4  4.021 319.37
This was a good side-by-side here. They come off the line together, then Force gets a small lead. Capps goes back in front at the 330 foot mark, stays in front through the 660, then Force goes around him just before the finish line.

Courtney Force's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(0.004), 330 ft(-0.015), 660ft(-0.007). MOV: 0.0027 seconds (approximately 15 inches).


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    4 Cruz Pedregon                           7 Robert Hight                 
E2                   0.122  4.103 310.84     ****WINNER****  0.071  4.055 316.97
 Prior rounds:
E1    (B Gilbertson) 0.090  4.087 308.07      (C Head      ) 0.088  4.075 310.77
 Qualified:             #1  3.980 319.22                        #8  4.042 309.84
Hight gets a big advantage off the line and never trailed. He goes right down the groove with the quickest pass of the day to take the win.

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



 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 2814 Matt Hagan                              9 John Force                   
E2   ****WINNER****  0.046  4.063 314.17                     0.029  4.098 314.31
 Prior rounds:
E1    (J Arend     ) 0.063  4.107 311.56      (J Gray      ) 0.072  4.076 315.93
 Qualified:             #2  3.992 320.58                        #7  4.038 317.94
Force is 8 - 7 against Hagan in prior events.

Force gets the hole-shot but that was about all. hagan reeled him in before they reached the sixty foot mark and pulled away for the win.

Hagan will have lane choice over Beckman in the next round.

With Force losing here, Beckman moves up to third in front of Force.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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