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Sun, 10 Nov 2013, 16:51 PM

Funny Car Round 2 Eliminations
By Larry Sullivan





POMONA, Calif. - Results of round 2 eliminations in Funny Car at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 49th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   77 Bob Tasca III                           4 Cruz Pedregon                
E2                   0.078  5.626 242.93     ****WINNER****  0.066  5.207 267.43
 Prior rounds:
E1    (C Force     ) 0.106  4.108 309.56      (J Beckman   ) 0.055  4.101 309.56
 Qualified:            #14  4.132 309.27                        #6  4.059 310.05
1:36 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 79 degrees, relative humidity 23 percent, barometer 28.97 inches, adjusted altitude 2,777 feet, track temperature 102 degrees.

Pedregon has a 15-6 record against Tasca in prior events, 6-3 in round two.

Both cars were up in smoke shortly after the launch. Both drivers pedaled. Tasca was not able to get the tires hooked back up. Pedregon let the car settle down, then eased into the throttle and finished the run.

Cruz Pedregon's incremental times: 60ft-1.096 sec., 330ft-3.103, 660ft-4.282/219.72 mph.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   28 Ron Capps                             782 Gary Densham                 
E2                   0.083  4.312 254.86     ****WINNER****  0.132  4.128 302.48
 Prior rounds:
E1    (R Hight     ) 0.059  4.089 315.19      (D Worsham   ) 0.110  4.100 305.91
 Qualified:            #12  4.103 312.71                       #13  4.118 301.81
Capps has a career-record of 22-10 against Densham, 6-3 in round two.

Capps had a big holeshot advantage and led almost to the 660-foot marker, then started hazing the tires. Densham reeled him in and pulled away for the win.

Gary Densham's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.057), 330 ft(-0.047), 660ft(0.006). MOV: 0.1354 seconds (approximately 51 feet).


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    6 Johnny Gray                          2814 Matt Hagan                   
E2                   0.073  4.086 311.56     ****WINNER****  0.066  4.070 309.98
 Prior rounds:
E1    (C Head      ) 0.077  4.092 313.07      (A DeJoria   ) 0.069  4.059 315.27
 Qualified:            #10  4.077 311.20                        #2  4.014 320.20
Gray is 6 - 4 against Hagan in prior events, 3 - 2 in round two.

Hagan keeps his grip on the #2 place in the points in a very close drag race. Hagan led early, but Gray steadily closed the gap, coming up short.

Matt Hagan's margins: 60ft(0.031), 330 ft(0.030), 660ft(0.027). MOV: 0.0231 seconds (approximately 11 feet). He will have lane choice against Pedregon in the semifinals.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   10 Jeff Arend                              9 John Force                   
E2                   0.078 11.451  66.72     ****WINNER****  0.067  5.533 183.94
 Prior rounds:
E1    (T Wilkerson ) 0.072  4.452 207.46      (B Bode      ) 0.090  4.036 317.12
 Qualified:             #8  4.067 311.85                        #1  3.995 319.37
Force is 15 - 5 against Arend in prior events, 4-2 in round two.

Arend's car made a strange burnout, more tire bite than smoke.

Arend lost traction after 100 feet, Force shook and stated skating around. he pedaled, got very sideways, and pedaled again, letting the car settle down a bit more this time.

Force races Densham in the semifinals, Densham has lane choice.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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