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Sun, 09 Feb 2014, 18:19 PM

Funny Car Round 3 Eliminations
By David Gerard

POMONA, Calif. - Results of round 3 eliminations in Funny Car at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 54th annual Circle K NHRA Winternationals:

  750 Del Worsham                             2 Matt Hagan                   
E3                   0.068  4.055 321.42     ****WINNER****  0.064  4.030 318.32
 Prior rounds:
E2    (G Densham   ) 0.077  4.056 317.87      (R Hight     ) 0.063  4.035 322.04
E1    (C Head      ) 0.111  4.024 320.36      (C Force     ) 0.062  4.036 322.73
 Qualified:             #6  4.040 317.27                       #10  4.077 316.01
3:06 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 66 degrees, relative humidity 52 percent, barometer 29.00 inches, adjusted altitude 2,033 feet, track temperature 82 degrees.

Worsham is 4 - 2 against Hagan in prior events.

With a dragster in the finals, Team Kalitta is really looking for a win here too.

Worsham is just 0.004 behind at the green, but Hagan stays out in front in this close race to take the win and the trip to the finals. Big MPH for Worsham.

Matt Hagan's incremental margins: 60ft(0.010), 330 ft(0.030), 660ft(0.035). MOV: 0.0291 seconds (approximately 14 feet).

Del Worsham's incremental times: 60ft-0.901 sec., 330ft-2.326, 660ft-3.289/266.90 mph.
Matt Hagan's incremental times: 60ft-0.895 sec., 330ft-2.300, 660ft-3.258/269.35 mph.

    1 John Force                             77 Bob Tasca III                
E3   ****WINNER****  0.038  4.025 322.27                     0.060  5.007 195.51
 Prior rounds:
E2    (T Johnson Jr) 0.054  4.020 321.27      (R Capps     ) 0.090  4.035 317.72
E1    (P Lee       ) 0.092  3.989 319.90      (C Pedregon  ) 0.076  4.076 316.30
 Qualified:             #1  3.966 324.12                       #13  4.132 311.20
Tasca III is 9 - 6 against Force in prior events.

Force is on a mission! He is first off the line and runs hard to the finish line. He takes the easy win and goes to his sixth final round in a row with lane choice.

Tasca had a better 60 foot time, but it was too much for the track. The tires are up in smoke and he pedals quickly. The engine drops a bunch of cylinders and then there is a flash of flame from the engine before the 660 lights.

John Force's incremental times: 60ft-0.912 sec., 330ft-2.318, 660ft-3.265/273.94 mph.
Bob Tasca III's incremental times: 60ft-0.903 sec., 330ft-2.503, 660ft-3.866/196.16 mph.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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