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Sun, 09 Feb 2014, 17:07 PM

Funny Car Round 2 Eliminations
By David Gerard





POMONA, Calif. - Results of round 2 eliminations in Funny Car at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 54th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    5 Robert Hight                            2 Matt Hagan                   
E2                   0.070  4.033 316.15     ****WINNER****  0.063  4.035 322.04
 Prior rounds:
E1    (T Wilkerson ) 0.090  3.986 318.69      (C Force     ) 0.062  4.036 322.73
 Qualified:             #2  3.996 317.94                       #10  4.077 316.01
1:46 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 62 degrees, relative humidity 59 percent, barometer 29.02 inches, adjusted altitude 1,794 feet, track temperature 72 degrees.

Hight is 8 - 7 against Hagan in prior events and 6-2 in round two.

Hole shot win! Hagan gets a 0.007 advantage off the line and just stays ahead of a slightly quicker Hight for the win. That gives him the new National Record for speed record.

Matt Hagan's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.001), 330 ft(0.006), 660ft(-0.001). MOV: 0.0055 seconds (approximately 3 feet).

Robert Hight's incremental times: 60ft-0.897 sec., 330ft-2.313, 660ft-3.262/272.01 mph.
Matt Hagan's incremental times: 60ft-0.905 sec., 330ft-2.314, 660ft-3.270/269.67 mph.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  750 Del Worsham                           782 Gary Densham                 
E2   ****WINNER****  0.077  4.056 317.87                     0.096  4.131 281.54
 Prior rounds:
E1    (C Head      ) 0.111  4.024 320.36      (A DeJoria   ) 0.101  4.826 234.41
 Qualified:             #6  4.040 317.27                       #14  4.147 300.00
Worsham is 21 - 12 against Densham in prior events and 4-4 in round two.

Worsham is away first and never headed. Densham makes another strong pass, but has the Charger drive steadily towards the center line, dipping into Worsham's lane after the 1000 foot lights.

Hagan will have lane choice in round three.

Del Worsham's incremental margins: 60ft(0.048), 330 ft(0.043), 660ft(0.050). MOV: 0.0941 seconds (approximately 39 feet).

Del Worsham's incremental times: 60ft-0.896 sec., 330ft-2.322, 660ft-3.286/269.67 mph.
Gary Densham's incremental times: 60ft-0.925 sec., 330ft-2.346, 660ft-3.317/263.87 mph.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    1 John Force                             33 Tommy Johnson Jr.            
E2   ****WINNER****  0.054  4.020 321.27                     0.102  4.021 322.73
 Prior rounds:
E1    (P Lee       ) 0.092  3.989 319.90      (J Beckman   ) 0.074  4.048 320.81
 Qualified:             #1  3.966 324.12                        #9  4.069 316.82
Force is 25 - 8 against Johnson Jr. in prior events and 6-2 in round two.

Great race! Force has the better RT and runs just 0.001 quicker for the win. Big MPH for both cars. His big speed will reset the National Record again.

John Force's incremental margins: 60ft(0.042), 330 ft(0.057), 660ft(0.054). MOV: 0.0494 seconds (approximately 23 feet).

John Force's incremental times: 60ft-0.908 sec., 330ft-2.299, 660ft-3.253/269.94 mph.
Tommy Johnson Jr.'s incremental times: 60ft-0.902 sec., 330ft-2.308, 660ft-3.259/272.50 mph.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   77 Bob Tasca III                          28 Ron Capps                    
E2   ****WINNER****  0.090  4.035 317.72                     0.080 No Time      
 Prior rounds:
E1    (C Pedregon  ) 0.076  4.076 316.30      (J Arend     ) 0.081  4.035 317.79
 Qualified:            #13  4.132 311.20                        #5  4.014 304.67
Capps is 15 - 7 against Tasca III in prior events and 5 -2 in round two.

Capps gets away first and is pulling steadily ahead until right before the 660 lights. The engine starts to drop cylinders and the Charger makes a dead right turn towards the wall. He horses the wheel over hard and just tags the wall with the headers.

Tasca was there to make a race of it with his best ET and speed of the weekend. Great numbers, but he still gives up lane choice to Force in round three

Bob Tasca III's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.021), 330 ft(-0.013), 660ft(0.057). MOV: 0.3338 seconds (more than 100 feet).

Bob Tasca III's incremental times: 60ft-0.903 sec., 330ft-2.307, 660ft-3.265/270.27 mph.
Ron Capps' incremental times: 60ft-0.892 sec., 330ft-2.304, 660ft-3.332/229.20 mph.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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