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Sun, 7 Oct 2001, 08:43 PM

READING - Funny Car Final, Round 4 Eliminations
By Jim Samuel

MOHNTON, Pa. - Results of final, round 4 eliminations in Funny Car at the 17th annual Pep Boys NHRA Nationals presented by Greased Lightning:

   1 John Force          4.731 325.14  Q    2 Whit Bazemore       4.762 324.67
   (B Gilbertson) 0.512  4.747 321.42  E1   (A Hofmann   ) 0.498  4.788 317.12
   (D Skuza     ) 0.508  4.762 320.20  E2   (S Cannon    ) 0.521  4.761 315.05
   (J Gray      ) 0.470  4.750 313.88  E3   (F Pedregon  ) 0.526  4.732 322.81
 *****WINNER***** 0.482  4.792 312.06  E4                  0.484  4.832 318.54
Bazemore needed to win this race if he wanted to keep his championship hopes alive. It was tough but to remain in the race, Bazemore needed to win the race and take back the national record. By the end of the day, he had done neither. Force left the line only two-thousandths of a second before Bazemore but he got to the 60-foot mark 39 thousandths of a second quicker than Bazemore. Force stayed in front the rest of the way and had a margin of victory of 42 thousandths of a second, or about 20 feet. This was Force's 12th final round of this season and sixth win of the year. It was also his sixth career win at Maple Grove.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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