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Sat, 22 Sep 2001, 04:22 AM

MEMPHIS - Funny Car Qualifying Notes, Session #2
By Dave Rowe





MILLINGTON, Tenn. - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Funny Car at the 14th annual AutoZone NHRA Nationals presented by Pennzoil listing lane, driver name, elapsed time/top speed this round, position in order following run, best prior elapsed time/speed, and position in order prior to run:


Left Lane: Jerry Toliver Runs 4.899/308.85, Now #1; Best prior run: 10.541/73.84, Was #20

7:25 PM Toliver makes a great run right down the groove and jumps all the way to the number one position.

Left Lane: Bob Gilbertson Runs 9.507/94.46, Now #19; Best prior run: 7.027/123.54, Was #18
Right Lane: Dale Creasy Jr. Runs 6.222/150.56, Now #17; Best prior run: 11.616/85.49, Was #21

Gilbertson gets about 300 feet out and goes up in smoke. Creasy almost makes it to halftrack and suffers the same fate.

Left Lane: Chuck Etchells Runs 5.011/303.03, Now #5; Best prior run: 6.717/141.92, Was #18
Right Lane: Bruce Sarver Runs 6.006/167.99, Now #15; Best prior run: 9.407/100.22, Was #21

Sarver loses traction about 200 feet out, pedals a couple of times and finally gives up on the run. Etchells makes a clean pass moves into the top half of the field.

Left Lane: Del Worsham Runs 6.035/151.70, Now #17; Best prior run: 6.022/158.37, Was #16
Right Lane: Gary Densham Runs 4.943/305.98, Now #3; Best prior run: 7.060/123.17, Was #21

Worsham was right with Densham for the first 300 feet, the tires break loose and he has to give up on the run. Great pass for Densham and he gets in at the third spot.

Left Lane: Vinny Arcadi Runs 7.164/119.68, Now #14; Best prior run: 5.272/284.69, Was #14
Right Lane: Tim Wilkerson Runs 5.292/204.76, Now #15; Best prior run: 6.146/183.92, Was #19

Wilkerson hit the throttle and sparks started coming out the left header. He gets a little past halftrack and the car starts moving toward the centerline. He's able to hold it in his lane and gets in the field for now.

Left Lane: Dean Skuza Runs 5.083/287.23, Now #9; Best prior run: 5.139/284.39, Was #12
Right Lane: Whit Bazemore Runs 4.881/313.29, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.063/152.85, Was #19

These two were even at the sixty foot mark, a .903, but Bazemore starts pulling away and takes over the number one spot. Skuza got out of the groove at about halftrack and was within inches of getting against the left wall.

Left Lane: Jim Epler Runs 10.147/82.63, Now #13; Best prior run: 5.126/291.57, Was #13
Right Lane: Tommy Johnson Jr. Runs 5.609/171.31, Now #17; Best prior run: 5.651/169.51, Was #17

Epler gets about 200 feet out and goes up in smoke. Johnson had a great sixty foot time, .896, and was running 230 MPH at halftrack. about 700 feet out the engine grenades and puts oil on the track all the way through the lights.

Left Lane: John Lawson Runs 5.071/290.13, Now #9; Best prior run: 5.108/292.52, Was #10

7:59 PM and were back after a short cleanup. Lawson makes a clean pass and moves up a spot.

Left Lane: Frank Pedregon Runs 11.046/75.97, Now #8; Best prior run: 5.040/291.63, Was #8
Right Lane: Scotty Cannon Runs 9.592/82.23, Now #12; Best prior run: 5.119/281.83, Was #12

Both drivers have problems, Pedregon going up in smoke about 100 feet out and Cannon following soon after.

Left Lane: John Force Runs 4.824/302.82, Now #1; Best prior run: 4.959/301.87, Was #6
Right Lane: Al Hofmann Runs 5.029/295.53, Now #8; Best prior run: 5.117/284.27, Was #11

Force makes a great pass, right down the groove and takes the number one spot. The header flames went out just before he crossed the finish line but it was enough to set the track record. Hoffman improves and gets in the top half of the field.

Left Lane: Tony Pedregon Runs 4.900/308.78, Now #5; Best prior run: 4.944/286.80, Was #6
Right Lane: Ron Capps Runs 4.858/306.12, Now #2; Best prior run: 4.931/297.55, Was #4

Great side-by-side run. Capps makes a move into the second spot while Pedregon moves up a spot to fifth. That ends this session of Funny Car, Top Fuel is up next.

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