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Sun, 7 Oct 2001, 05:46 PM

READING - Funny Car Round 2 Eliminations
By Jim Samuel





MOHNTON, Pa. - Results of round 2 eliminations in Funny Car at the 17th annual Pep Boys NHRA Nationals presented by Greased Lightning:

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
  14 Frank Pedregon      4.918 309.34  Q   11 Jim Epler           4.891 306.46
   (D Worsham   ) 0.534  4.877 309.20  E1   (B Sarver    ) 0.549  4.813 314.24
 *****WINNER***** 0.494  4.917 313.66  E2                  0.582  8.465  97.24
Pedregon won in round one after Del Worsham's car blew the blower coming off the starting line. Epler beat Sarver in round one and had lane choice for this round. Epler shook the tires hard and backed off while Pedregon made a good run to take the win.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
  10 Scotty Cannon       4.887 303.84  Q    2 Whit Bazemore       4.762 324.67
   (R Capps     ) 0.548  7.498 199.67  E1   (A Hofmann   ) 0.498  4.788 317.12
                  0.530  9.176  87.55  E2 *****WINNER***** 0.521  4.761 315.05
Bazemore beat Hofmann in round one while Cannon got by on Capps his first time out. This time, Cannon went up in smoke at 330 feet and Bazemore earned a trip to the semifinals against Frank Pedregon.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   9 Dean Skuza          4.851 313.95  Q    1 John Force          4.731 325.14
   (T Johnson Jr) 0.499  4.854 310.77  E1   (B Gilbertson) 0.512  4.747 321.42
                  0.479  4.811 315.71  E2 *****WINNER***** 0.508  4.762 320.20
Force ran a 4.747 second ET in the first round to back up his record time of 4.731 seconds run during qualifying. Both drivers made strong runs but Force got to the finish line first and moved into the semifinals. When he starts the semifinals, Force will become the first NHRA driver to compete in 1,000 rounds of eliminations. Margin of victory = 0.020 seconds (approximately 9 feet).

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
  12 Johnny Gray         4.906 303.91  Q    4 Tony Pedregon       4.783 294.43
   (G Densham   ) 0.508  6.159 254.52  E1   (C Etchells  ) 0.540  4.761 324.51
 *****WINNER***** 0.536  4.896 294.95  E2                  0.492  6.268 146.69
Pedregon smoked the tires at 330 feet and backed off. Gray made it to the finish line first and but smoked the engine as he earned a semifinal meeting with John Force. Gray lost lane choice to Force i9n the next round.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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