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Mon, 4 Oct 1999, 01:07 PM

TOPEKA - Funny Car Round 2 Eliminations
By Bob Orme

No real surprises



TOPEKA, Kan. - Results of round 2 eliminations in Funny Car at the 11th annual Advance Auto Parts Nationals:
  
 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   9 Frank Pedregon      5.148 283.97  Q    1 Whit Bazemore       4.885 298.40
   (G Densham   ) 0.458  5.357 298.80  E1   (L Huff      ) 0.512  5.427 262.95
                  0.511 11.050  84.00  E2 *****WINNER***** 0.523  6.258 253.61
11:45 AM and we're ready for second round eliminations in Funny Car. Bazemore was up in smoke on the hit. Pedregon made it 200' then he lost traction. Bazemore saw this, got back on the throttle and motored on by Pedregon, who was unsuccessfully trying to pedal out of his tire spin.
  
 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   5 Tommy Johnson Jr.   4.999 305.70  Q    4 Cristen Powell      4.971 263.56
   (S Cannon    ) 0.499  4.953 314.24  E1   (A Hofmann   ) 0.552  8.409 111.41
 *****WINNER***** 0.484  4.975 311.70  E2                  0.561  5.430 189.71
Powell had this race won until half track when the engine tossed the blower belt. Both cars were running fast up until that point. Johnson will have lane choice over Bazemore in the third round.
  
 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   3 John Force          4.905 311.70  Q    6 Del Worsham         5.021 306.40
   (R Capps     ) 0.508  4.843 287.96  E1   (C Lee       ) 0.523  5.076 304.46
 *****WINNER***** 0.516  4.921 316.15  E2                  0.468 13.812  63.73
Worsham boils the hides almost immediately and can only sit and watch the flawless run enjoyed by Force.
  
 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   7 Jim Epler           5.037 305.01  Q    2 Tony Pedregon       4.894 305.01
   (J Toliver   ) 0.554  4.882 308.85  E1   (B Gilbertson) 0.511 10.115  83.81
                  0.530  8.360  99.41  E2 *****WINNER***** 0.476  4.885 318.99
There was no visible problem as Epler's engine went dead at 330'. Pedregon gets close to the track ET record set by Epler yesterday, and will have lane choice over his boss, John Force, in round three.




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