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Sun, 10 Oct 1999, 05:42 PM

MEMPHIS - Funny Car Round 2 Eliminations
By Dave Rowe

Left Lane Tricky



MILLINGTON, Tenn. - Results of round 2 eliminations in Funny Car at the 12th annual AutoZone Nationals presented by Pennzoil:
  
 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   9 Ron Capps           5.140 247.52  Q    1 Tony Pedregon       4.939 308.43
   (D Worsham   ) 0.503  4.958 295.92  E1   (C Lee       ) 0.510  5.010 301.00
                  0.516  7.324 112.38  E2 *****WINNER***** 0.484  5.149 293.28
4:29 PM Capps with lane choice chooses the left lane. Tony leaves first, breaks the tires loose, pedals and saves the run. Capps loses traction about 100' out, pedals and breaks the tires loose again.
  
 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   7 Cristen Powell      5.026 280.95  Q    2 Tommy Johnson Jr.   4.972 305.29
   (W Bazemore  ) 0.553  4.947 290.26  E1   (C Pedregon  ) 0.804  5.005 295.72
                  0.531  9.049  88.22  E2 *****WINNER***** 0.472  4.999 300.73
Johnson gets a big holeshot and never looked back. Cristen gets out about 100' and breaks the big goodyears loose and has to abort the run.
  
 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   6 John Force          5.019 303.37  Q   14 Bob Gilbertson      5.478 217.28
   (S Weis      ) 0.537  4.943 300.73  E1   (J Epler     ) 0.522  5.128 257.24
 *****WINNER***** 0.530  4.927 298.47  E2                  0.518 10.434  85.00
Force has lane choice and chooses to stay in the left lane, where the last two cars have gone up in smoke. He makes it through the spot everyone else has broken the tires loose and gets low ET of the weekend so far. Gilbertson breaks the tires loose about 100' out. Force will have lane choice over Johnson in round three.
  
 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
  13 Gary Densham        5.461 191.35  Q   12 Al Hofmann          5.404 247.47
   (D Skuza     ) 0.440  5.094 288.58  E1   (S Cannon    ) 0.513  5.211 275.22
                  0.542  9.448  99.88  E2 *****WINNER***** 0.433  5.135 272.34
Densham goes boils the tires right off the line, pedals, then aborts the run. Hoffman makes a good enough run to get lane choice over Tony Pedregon in the next round.




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