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Sun, Nov 15, 03:56 PM

POMONA - Federal-Mogul Funny Car Round 2 Eliminations
By Rick Green





POMONA, Calif. - Results of round 2 eliminations in Federal-Mogul Funny Car at the 34th annual NHRA Winston Finals:
 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   5 John Hyland         5.764 250.90  Q   4 Pete Swayne         5.732 251.60
   (S Gasparrell) 0.450  5.860 245.56 E1   (M Andreotti ) 0.522  5.848 245.09
                  0.489  6.044 243.44 E2 *****WINNER***** 0.449  5.788 250.90

Hyland makes a quick move toward the centerline and he yanks it over in to his own lane, but it is over by then. Swayne with another straight clean pass.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   6 Steve Sommer        5.764 247.45  Q   3 Johnny Gray         5.703 252.66
   (T Paton     ) 0.469  5.853 245.29 E1   (B Hough     ) 0.445  5.771 249.37
                  0.474  6.054 238.03 E2 *****WINNER***** 0.447  5.780 250.83

Sommer makes the move toward the wall and Gray takes the big win.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   8 John Lawson         5.789 248.07  Q   1 Pat Austin          5.649 253.52
   (L Miner     ) 0.424  5.843 244.56 E1   (F Monaghan  ) 0.470  5.738 252.17
                  0.492  5.888 243.57 E2 *****WINNER***** 0.475  5.730 250.83

Austin with the slight starting line advantage, but Lawson is right with him until half track. That is where he gets out of the groove, and over by the wall, but that is all Austin needed to take the win.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   7 Bucky Austin        5.783 247.18  Q   2 John Weaver         5.652 250.97
   (M Littlefiel) 0.457  5.772 247.38 E1   (S Blue      ) 0.488  5.733 248.82
 *****WINNER***** 0.453  5.782 246.17 E2                  0.439 13.156  70.19

Weaver launches straight into the air and big time tire shake, hard enough to deploy the chute. Austin with a good clean pass, but will give up lane choice to Gray by 0.002 seconds. Pat Austin will get his choice over Swayne in the semis.







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