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Sun, 12 Nov 2017, 18:07 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, 53rd annual Auto Club NHRA Finals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    2 Tommy Johnson Jr.                       5 Jack Beckman                 
E3   ****WINNER****  0.048  3.890 329.18                     0.045  3.914 327.74
 Prior rounds:
E2    (A Dejoria   ) 0.050  3.911 329.34      (J Force     ) 0.064  3.851 332.51
E1    (B Bode      ) 0.089  4.047 283.79      (J Arend     ) 0.073  3.837 333.74
 Qualified:             #4  3.887 314.31                        #1  3.835 334.98
2:52 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 72 degrees, relative humidity 53 percent, barometer 28.97 inches, adjusted altitude 2,675 feet, track temperature 85 degrees.

Beckman is 21 - 9 against Johnson Jr. in prior events. Team DSR and Team JFR will meet in the final round. Now we will find out who the drivers will be!

Beckman gets a narrow 0.003 starting line advantage and stays in front to right at the 330 lights. TJ just starts a steady drive past him for a narrow 10 foot win.

Tommy Johnson Jr.'s incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.024), 330 ft(0.005), 660ft(0.016). MOV: 0.0216 seconds (approximately 10 feet).

Tommy Johnson Jr.'s incremental times: 60ft-0.892 sec., 330ft-2.245, 660ft-3.151/283.49 mph.
Jack Beckman's incremental times: 60ft-0.871 sec., 330ft-2.253, 660ft-3.170/281.30 mph.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    6 Courtney Force                          8 Robert Hight                 
E3                   0.075  6.229 120.75     ****WINNER****  0.095  3.867 326.48
 Prior rounds:
E2    (D Worsham   ) 0.086  3.842 331.12      (M Hagan     ) 0.049  3.851 334.32
E1    (J Diehl     ) 0.071  4.157 228.23      (T Wilkerson ) 0.048  3.839 332.51
 Qualified:             #3  3.871 334.57                       #15  4.132 236.80
Hight is 14 - 10 against Force in prior events.

Force gets a nice starting line advantage, but has to pedal before the 330 lights. She tries to squeeze back into it, but can't get it to recover.

Hight looked to be on another perfect pass until right at the lights, where there is a huge engine explosion.

The body splits and the car starts a steady drift across the track and into the left guardrail. It keeps on going with jumbled up parachutes, right on down the track into the sand trap and all the way to the first net.

Hight is quickly out of the broken Camaro and signaling that he is OK.

Prock says that they have a car in the top of the trailer ready to go for the finals. Hight will have lane choice over Johnson by 0.047 seconds.

Robert Hight's incremental times: 60ft-0.866 sec., 330ft-2.222, 660ft-3.126/283.67 mph.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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