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Sun, 31 Oct 1999, 04:30 PM

HOUSTON - Federal-Mogul Funny Car Round 3 Eliminations
By Bob Orme





BAYTOWN, Texas - Results of round 3 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
   2 Jay Payne           5.665 250.37  Q    3 Tony Bartone        5.669 248.93
   (J Hyland    ) 0.553  5.675 240.29  E1   (S Blue      ) 0.524  5.666 246.44
   (S Harker    ) 0.504  5.668 253.95  E2   (T Branch    ) 0.459  5.858 246.80
                  0.499  6.814 130.92  E3 *****WINNER***** 0.504  5.664 249.26
3:05 PM These guys qualified pretty close, it should be a good race. ...or not. Payne popped the burst panel at 700'. An ensuing fire under the car burned until he got the car stopped in the shut down area. The onboard fire extinguishing system put the fire out just as he brought the car to a stop.
  
 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   1 Pat Austin          5.635 256.36  Q    4 Bob Newberry        5.675 254.28
   (J Jones     ) 0.471  5.657 254.60  E1   (F Monaghan  ) 0.535  5.707 250.04
   (P Gill      ) 0.484  5.569 254.95  E2   (L Miner     ) 0.516  5.646 254.09
 *****WINNER***** 0.487  5.784 254.04  E3                  0.436  6.002 243.68
Austin was skating around on the first half of the track, leaving himself open, but it looked like Newberry started chattering the tires on the top end as Austin drove around him. Austin will give up lane choice to Bartone in the final round.




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