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Sun, 14 Oct 2001, 07:19 PM

FMDRS 4-6 - Federal-Mogul Funny Car Round 1 Eliminations
By Bob Orme





NOBLE, Okla. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Federal-Mogul Funny Car at the NHRA Division 4 Federal-Mogul Drag Racing Series Finale:

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   1 Todd Simpson        5.975 239.36  Q    9 Kirk Johnson        6.438 216.34
 *****WINNER***** 0.492  5.963 239.29  E1                  0.502  7.731 118.62
Johnson is racing as an alternate in place of Bob Alberty. He was out of the groove just before half track, got real close to the retaining wall and had to lift.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   2 Tate Branch         6.030 234.61  Q    7 Lawren Jones        6.202 233.22
 *****WINNER***** 0.480  6.001 237.40  E1                  0.470  6.333 231.30
Jones got loose at 300 feet, the rear end of the car wiggling around. He got it straightened out by about 500 feet, but by then Branch was long gone.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   3 Jackie Stidham      6.058 236.77  Q    6 Kebin Kinsley       6.161 225.33
 *****WINNER***** 0.461  5.891 241.20  E1                  0.523  6.578 157.15
Kinsley got out of the groove at half track and he tagged the retaining wall at about 900 feet. Stidham will have lane choice over Branch in round two.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   4 Scott Palmer        6.061 236.90  Q    5 Jimmy Jones         6.114 230.82
 *****WINNER***** 0.491  6.041 241.20  E1                  0.431  6.133 236.40
This was a good side-by-side drag race to close out this round. Margin of victory = 0.032 seconds (approximately 11 feet). Palmer will give Simpson lane choice in the semis.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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