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Sun, 24 Oct 1999, 05:42 PM

DALLAS - Funny Car Round 3 Eliminations
By Larry Sullivan





ENNIS, Texas - Results of round 3 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    2 Tommy Johnson Jr.   4.857 316.45
   (C Lee       ) 0.502  4.854 304.98  E1   (S Weis      ) 0.422  5.176 259.96
   (T Pedregon  ) 0.489  4.860 303.03  E2   (G Densham   ) 0.485  4.868 312.17
                  0.520  6.135 212.06  E3 *****WINNER***** 0.491  4.841 320.05
4:29 PM The top four qualifiers square off in the semifinals today - a rarity. Bazemore loses traction almost immediately, while TJ goes to his fourth final round in a row and becomes the third driver ever to run 320 mph in a Funny Car with his career-best speed, in a Funny Car or Top Fuel dragster.
  
 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   1 John Force          4.844 317.12  Q    4 Ron Capps           4.908 295.76
   (A Hofmann   ) 0.526  4.828 321.54  E1   (D Creasy Jr.) 0.524  4.899 310.98
   (S Cannon    ) 0.509  4.851 317.79  E2   (C Pedregon  ) 0.531  4.973 292.77
 *****WINNER***** 0.500  4.824 309.27  E3                  0.509  4.873 310.55
This was a great drag race, the two cars leaving together and then both going right down the middle of the lane, side-by-side, Force winning by margin of victory = 0.058 seconds (approximately 26 feet) in the quickest side-by-side race ever. Force will have lane choice against TJ in the final round.




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