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Sun, 24 Oct 1999, 04:03 PM

DALLAS - Funny Car Round 2 Eliminations
By Larry Sullivan

Force Clinches 9th Title



ENNIS, Texas - Results of round 2 eliminations in Funny Car at the 14th annual O'Reilly Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec:
  
 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   3 Whit Bazemore       4.904 303.43  Q   11 Tony Pedregon       5.016 292.68
   (C Lee       ) 0.502  4.854 304.98  E1   (J Toliver   ) 0.480  4.937 312.06
 *****WINNER***** 0.489  4.860 303.03  E2                  0.487  5.026 268.70
2:38 PM These two left together, but then Bazemore steadily drew away for the win. That clinches the Winston title for John Force, his ninth.
  
 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   4 Ron Capps           4.908 295.76  Q   12 Cruz Pedregon       5.019 308.11
   (D Creasy Jr.) 0.524  4.899 310.98  E1   (D Skuza     ) 0.479  5.492 201.34
 *****WINNER***** 0.531  4.973 292.77  E2                  0.496  5.129 245.29
And Capps send the last remaining Pedregon brother home here, Cruz's engine letting go in a flash of flame well before the finish line.
  
 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   1 John Force          4.844 317.12  Q    9 Scotty Cannon       4.981 299.30
   (A Hofmann   ) 0.526  4.828 321.54  E1   (J Epler     ) 0.542  5.469 217.65
 *****WINNER***** 0.509  4.851 317.79  E2                  0.503  8.568  94.94
The Safety Safari spent quite a while working on the shutdown area before they fired these two. They left together, then Cannon started smoking the tires and Force streaked away with another nearly flawless run, easily earning lane choice against Capps in the semifinals.
  
 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   7 Gary Densham        4.954 299.40  Q    2 Tommy Johnson Jr.   4.857 316.45
   (F Pedregon  ) 0.505  5.039 301.30  E1   (S Weis      ) 0.422  5.176 259.96
                  0.499  5.029 285.80  E2 *****WINNER***** 0.485  4.868 312.17
Another flawless run, this one by the Interstate Batteries Pontiac in the right lane. As good as it was, however, TJ loses lane choice to Bazemore by 0.008 seconds in what promises to be a great semifinal matchup.




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