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Sun, 31 Oct 1999, 03:10 PM

HOUSTON - Funny Car Round 2 Eliminations
By Bob Orme

A tag-team final?



BAYTOWN, Texas - Results of round 2 eliminations in 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
   6 Cory Lee            5.076 297.35  Q    3 Tommy Johnson Jr.   4.935 314.46
   (A Hofmann   ) 0.608  5.959 212.93  E1   (D Worsham   ) 0.570  6.022 293.92
                  0.545  5.101 290.38  E2 *****WINNER***** 0.518  5.071 282.13
1:40 PM and we have eight Funny Cars left. Johnson's car was hazing the tires from 1000', on through the lights. but he had enough of a lead to beat a cylinder dropping Lee.
  
 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   5 Jerry Toliver       4.982 295.92  Q    4 Scotty Cannon       4.969 296.44
   (D Skuza     ) 0.527  5.057 298.73  E1   (D Creasy Jr.) 0.557  5.415 256.06
 *****WINNER***** 0.493  5.324 222.33  E2                  0.562  5.671 176.03
Cannon was mixing up the cylinders almost from the beginning, the motor going dead at 1000'. Toliver had problems of his own, drifting very close to the wall at the finish. He keeps his hopes alive for the Winston bonus money, but he'll have his hands full, facing the winner of the team Castrol match up in the semi-final round.
  
 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   1 John Force          4.811 321.12  Q    8 Tony Pedregon       5.089 234.25
   (S Weis      ) 0.516  4.847 319.07  E1   (G Densham   ) 0.498  4.964 312.06
 *****WINNER***** 0.535  5.069 279.85  E2                  0.571  9.437  89.43
The 1999 Winston champion and runner up are at the line. Pedregon had a pretty wild ride here, the car all over the track. Force will have lane choice over Toliver in the semi's.
  
 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
  10 Jim Epler           5.120 293.79  Q   15 Kenny Sayers        5.175 291.95
   (F Pedregon  ) 0.445  5.373 245.63  E1   (W Bazemore  ) 0.617  6.098 187.03
 *****WINNER***** 0.568  5.025 305.08  E2                  0.607  5.097 254.62
Epler runs the low ET of the round. Sayers had his quickest pass of the weekend, but his car was pushing left, and he took out the finish line timing cones. Epler will have lane choice over Tommy Johnson Jr. in round three.




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