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Sat, 30 Oct 1999, 05:47 PM

HOUSTON - Federal-Mogul Funny Car Round 1 Eliminations
By Bob Orme





BAYTOWN, Texas - Results of round 1 eliminations in Federal-Mogul Funny Car at the 3rd annual Matco Tools SuperNationals presented by Racing Champions:
  
 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   7 Chuck Cheeseman     5.779 247.97  Q   10 Steve Harker        5.808 250.13
                  0.379  5.786 248.80  E1 *****WINNER***** 0.529  9.404  88.74
3:57 PM Harker got out of the groove at 300' and had to click it off, but he still advances due to Cheeseman leaving early.
  
 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
  12 Larry Miner         5.863 250.13  Q    5 Cy Chesterman       5.754 250.78
 *****WINNER***** 0.525  5.821 244.87  E1                  0.475  6.221 177.91
Chesterman was all over his lane from half track to 900' and he had to lift.
  
 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   1 Pat Austin          5.635 256.36  Q   16 Jimmy Jones         5.929 245.23
 *****WINNER***** 0.471  5.657 254.60  E1                  0.470  6.288 181.18
Jones was having trouble keeping his car straight on this one.
  
 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   4 Bob Newberry        5.675 254.28  Q   13 Fran Monaghan       5.894 245.36
 *****WINNER***** 0.535  5.707 250.04  E1                  0.483  6.420 158.32
Newberry will have lane choice over Miner in the second round. Monaghan slowed after half track for some reason, but the view from here was obstructed by a rather large tow vehicle.
  
 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   3 Tony Bartone        5.669 248.93  Q   14 Sam Blue            5.912 242.71
 *****WINNER***** 0.524  5.666 246.44  E1                        No Time      
Blue's crew was unable to get the car started, so Bartone gets the solo pass.
  
 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   6 Tate Branch         5.772 250.37  Q   11 Jason Rupert        5.827 244.25
 *****WINNER***** 0.452  5.821 247.66  E1                  0.373  5.908 242.45
The cars are fighting a fairly stout crosswind right now, teams are taking down some of the inflatable ad balloons here at the track. Branch will give up lane choice to Bartone in the next round.
  
 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   2 Jay Payne           5.665 250.37  Q   15 John Hyland         5.924 242.63
 *****WINNER***** 0.553  5.675 240.29  E1                  0.487  5.978 238.01
Hyland's car was bouncing around quite a bit on the top half of the track, he had his hands full with this one. Payne has lane choice over Harker in round two.
  
 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   8 Paul Gill           5.790 250.27  Q    9 Todd Simpson        5.806 248.61
 *****WINNER***** 0.537  5.780 249.53  E1                  0.494  5.882 241.11
The final pair of the round, and Gill uses his best time of the weekend to chase down Simpson. Gill will be giving up lane choice to Pat Austin in the second round.




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