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Mon, 3 Sep 2001, 12:34 PM

INDY - Funny Car Round 2 Eliminations
By Bob Orme





CLERMONT, Ind. - Results of round 2 eliminations in Funny Car at the 47th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals:

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
  14 Jim Epler           4.893 300.93  Q    6 Frank Pedregon      4.832 318.47
   (J Force     ) 0.545  4.958 305.98  E1   (D Skuza     ) 0.487  6.117 154.69
                  0.561  7.761 108.53  E2 *****WINNER***** 0.507  4.964 311.20
1:16PM Epler went up in smoke at about the 100-foot mark. He stayed on the throttle through the 330-foot timing cones, but the tires wouldn't hook up. The temperature on the track surface is over 120 degrees, so some smoking tires is to be expected.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   7 Tony Pedregon       4.842 313.58  Q    2 Gary Densham        4.797 322.96
   (S Cannon    ) 0.523  4.825 322.42  E1   (C Etchells  ) 0.478  4.884 308.99
 *****WINNER***** 0.515  4.903 286.86  E2                  0.558  8.560  99.52
Densham over powered the track at 300 feet and clicked it off.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   5 Ron Capps           4.822 312.35  Q   13 Bruce Sarver        4.892 306.33
   (T Wilkerson ) 0.494  4.852 310.48  E1   (T Johnson Jr) 0.497  4.927 300.33
 *****WINNER***** 0.487  4.946 305.98  E2                  0.523  4.923 300.06
Capps has had Sarver's number this season, winning all three of their previous elimination pairings. He gets the win light again, this time with the help of a hole shot. Margin of victory = 0.013 seconds (approximately 6 feet).

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   1 Whit Bazemore       4.756 325.69  Q    8 Del Worsham         4.843 316.08
   (A Hofmann   ) 0.504  4.940 310.13  E1   (J Gray      ) 0.517  4.956 306.26
 *****WINNER***** 0.486  4.922 315.12  E2                  0.563  5.912 157.69
Worsham was running quicker than Bazemore until just before half track. Worsham's car got loose, the rear end wiggling around and he had to shut it off. Semi-final pairings will be Bazemore with lane choice over Capps and Tony Pedregon with lane choice over his brother Frank.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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