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Sun, 29 Sep 2013, 14:29 PM

Funny Car Round 2 Eliminations
By Dave Rowe





MADISON, Ill. - Results of round 2 eliminations in Funny Car at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, Second annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 2814 Matt Hagan                              1 Jack Beckman                 
E2                   0.070  4.187 304.53     ****WINNER****  0.101  4.088 308.64
 Prior rounds:
E1    (D Wilkerson ) 0.098  4.074 314.53      (A DeJoria   ) 0.095  4.079 312.78
 Qualified:             #1  4.001 320.20                        #8  4.070 313.66
1:15 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 74 degrees, relative humidity 49 percent, barometer 29.60 inches, adjusted altitude 1,987 feet, track temperature 96 degrees.

Beckman is 11 - 10 against Hagan in prior events.

Hagan gets off the line first but may have had a cylinder out early. Beckman reels him in quickly and pulls away for the win.

Jack Beckman's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.022), 330 ft(0.021), 660ft(0.052). MOV: 0.0684 seconds (approximately 31 feet).


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    7 Robert Hight                            8 Tim Wilkerson                
E2   ****WINNER****  0.085  4.078 314.61                     0.117  4.209 290.51
 Prior rounds:
E1    (J Arend     ) 0.089  4.057 314.75      (C Pedregon  ) 0.053  4.687 200.50
 Qualified:             #2  4.022 315.64                        #7  4.068 311.13
Wilkerson is 14 - 12 against Hight in prior events.

Hight gets out of the gate first and starts to pull away. Wilkerson goes right down the groove but was losing ground all the way through the run.

Robert Hight's incremental margins: 60ft(0.062), 330 ft(0.080), 660ft(0.121). MOV: 0.1632 seconds (approximately 70 feet).


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    9 John Force                             28 Ron Capps                    
E2   ****WINNER****  0.046  4.095 312.21                     0.059  4.108 308.99
 Prior rounds:
E1    (C Head      ) 0.090  4.038 314.24      (B Tasca III ) 0.083  4.065 313.51
 Qualified:             #3  4.023 311.92                        #6  4.058 310.05
Force is 44 - 26 against Capps in prior events.

Capps makes a good run in the tricky right lane but it's not quite enough. Force goes right down the groove to extend his points lead over Pedregon and get closer to Hagan for the top spot.

John Force's incremental margins: 60ft(0.009), 330 ft(0.009), 660ft(0.018). MOV: 0.0267 seconds (approximately 12 feet).


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    5 Courtney Force                        750 Del Worsham                  
E2                   0.087  5.304 148.85     ****WINNER****  0.080  4.119 311.77
 Prior rounds:
E1    (T Pedregon  ) 0.067  4.056 318.24      (J Gray      ) 0.039  4.126 311.34
 Qualified:             #4  4.037 319.82                        #5  4.041 314.46
Worsham gets out of the gate first but Force reels him in quickly. Force starts to pull away but strikes the tires about 200 feet out and has to back off the throttle. Worsham drives around Force and goes right down the groove for the win.

Del Worsham's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.017), 330 ft(0.057), 660ft(0.498). MOV: 1.1923 seconds (more than 100 feet).

In the next round it will be Beckman with lane choice over Worsham and Hight with lane choice over Force.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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