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Sun, Nov 1, 11:02 PM

BAYTOWN - Funny Car Round 2 Eliminations
By Michael L. Jex

Capps Wins Despite Shuttle Style Launch

BAYTOWN, Texas - Results of round 2 eliminations in Funny Car at the 2nd Annual Matco Tools Supernationals:
   7 Ron Capps           4.944 299.90  Q  15 Jack Wyatt          5.251 284.99
   (A Hofmann   ) 0.513  4.986 304.77 E1   (R Anderson  ) 0.683  8.411  99.19
 *****WINNER***** 0.573 11.811  73.12 E2                  0.000 (Broke)      

1:09 PM The crew members in the staging lanes are still talking about Gary Scelzi's 325 mph busting run just a moment ago. Wow.

Wyatt's engine went silent at the starting line, just before he began the staging process, so Capps will have a single.

Capps lifts the front end WAY up in the air, ala Memphis, and bangs the front end back down to earth. The Cope team gets a huge break if they can repair the damage in time.

  11 Glenn Mikres        5.121 298.30  Q   3 Whit Bazemore       4.850 311.63
   (C Etchells  ) 0.583  5.044 301.70 E1   (C Beal      ) 0.580  5.146 257.14
                  0.501  8.106 105.33 E2 *****WINNER***** 0.520  5.031 306.53

Mikres shook and pedaled the throttle, when he got back on the gas the front end started climbing and he wisely aborted the run at that point. Bazemore will race Ron Capps in the semis, and Whit will have lane choice.

   5 John Force          4.876 313.15  Q   4 Tony Pedregon       4.875 311.31
   (T Wilkerson ) 0.538  4.839 319.94 E1   (J Epler     ) 0.566  4.988 296.34
 *****WINNER***** 0.528  4.830 321.19 E2                  0.462  9.030 102.00

In a car show these two funny cars would be sure winners, great paint jobs on both of them......

Pedregon fishtailed so hard we saw both sides of the Syntec Selena machine. Force lays down a Titan missile shot, no movement left to right at all on that run.

   1 Cruz Pedregon       4.807 319.60  Q   8 Tom Hoover          5.048 293.44
   (D Worsham   ) 0.528  4.903 302.21 E1   (G Densham   ) 0.583  5.083 254.95
 *****WINNER***** 0.554  6.271 234.49 E2                  0.569  7.255 136.28

Both drivers smoked the tires, Cruz lit up the Goodyears first, followed by Hoover. When Cruz saw Hoover get in trouble he stabbed the throttle and thundered past Hoover, who was laying down a sizeable cloud of tire smoke.

Pedregon will face John Force in the Semis, Force will have lane choice.

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