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Sat, 20 Oct 2001, 03:13 PM

DALLAS - Funny Car Qualifying Notes, Session #3
By Dave Rowe

ENNIS, Texas - Notes from round 3 qualifying in Funny Car at the 16th annual O'Reilly Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec listing lane, driver name, elapsed time/top speed this round, position in order following run, best prior elapsed time/speed, and position in order prior to run:

Right Lane: Terry Haddock Runs 5.261/293.35, Now #16; Best prior run: 5.330/293.06, Was #16

1:33 PM Haddock is on the bump and needs to improve here. He gets a little out of shape, the rear of the car moving back and forth, and he improves but not enough to get off the bump.

Left Lane: Johnny Gray Runs 5.004/300.00, Now #11; Best prior run: 4.954/281.25, Was #11
Right Lane: Bob Gilbertson Runs 4.985/303.64, Now #12; Best prior run: 4.961/308.64, Was #12

No problems for either car on this pass, both right down the groove.

Left Lane: Vinny Arcadi Runs 5.113/292.49, Now #15; Best prior run: 5.074/302.52, Was #15
Right Lane: Jack Wyatt Runs 8.221/103.34, Now #19; Best prior run: 11.503/75.76, Was #21

Wyatt is not in the show yet and will need to run better than 5.261 to get in. He comes off the line and starts losing traction. He pedals, pulls the wheels, pedals again and finally aborts the run. Arcadi was on a good pass but starting mixing up cylinders about 1000 feet out.

Left Lane: Tommy Johnson Jr. Runs 4.820/314.35, Now #2; Best prior run: 10.024/84.49, Was #21
Right Lane: Jim Epler Runs 8.850/89.35, Now #21; Best prior run: 8.501/98.78, Was #20

Epler gets about 300 feet out and goes up in smoke. Johnson goes from way outside all the way to number two.

Left Lane: Dale Creasy Jr. Runs 5.015/262.31, Now #16; Best prior run: 6.769/12.88, Was #19
Right Lane: Tony Pedregon Runs 4.856/317.34, Now #6; Best prior run: 5.042/289.85, Was #15

Creasy makes a decent pass, mixing up the cylinders as he goes through the lights, and gets in the field on the bump spot. Pedregon makes a great pass and jumps all the way to the sixth spot.

Left Lane: Al Hofmann Runs 5.847/161.49, Now #19; Best prior run: 5.429/190.23, Was #19
Right Lane: John Lawson Runs 5.094/244.16, Now #15; Best prior run: 4.973/306.22, Was #15

Hofmann gets a little out of the groove and starts moving around. He breaks the tires loose about half-track, pedals and finally gives up on the run.

Left Lane: Gary Densham Runs 4.977/281.51, Now #12; Best prior run: 4.896/318.35, Was #11
Right Lane: Frank Pedregon Runs 4.867/314.90, Now #7; Best prior run: 4.907/307.90, Was #12

Pedregon moves up to the seventh spot on this pass. Densham slows from his earlier runs, I couldn't really see any problems as he went down the track, and he drops back a spot to 12th.

Left Lane: Bruce Sarver Runs 10.146/87.28, Now #9; Best prior run: 4.874/312.17, Was #9
Right Lane: Jerry Toliver Runs 10.121/85.62, Now #11; Best prior run: 4.887/311.52, Was #11

Sarver and Toliver get about 300 feet and go up in smoke.

Left Lane: Whit Bazemore Runs 4.813/321.42, Now #2; Best prior run: 4.833/319.14, Was #5
Right Lane: Del Worsham Runs 4.842/319.26, Now #6; Best prior run: 4.876/314.35, Was #10

This was a good race. Worsham left a tick earlier than Bazemore, but Bazemore caught him by the time they reached the sixty foot mark. Worsham started picking back up at the 100 foot mark and they were almost side by side as they went through the lights.

Left Lane: Ron Capps Runs 10.010/88.10, Now #5; Best prior run: 4.826/311.09, Was #5
Right Lane: Dean Skuza Runs 7.177/117.61, Now #9; Best prior run: 4.869/314.13, Was #9

Capps gets about 300 feet out, strikes the tires and gives up on the run. Skuza get a little further, loses traction and aborts his run.

Left Lane: Scotty Cannon Runs 9.478/90.25, Now #4; Best prior run: 4.821/315.78, Was #4
Right Lane: John Force Runs 6.630/135.97, Now #1; Best prior run: 4.758/322.69, Was #1

Force was going for it on this pass, a .901 sixty foot time, the quickest of the round. He gets about 400 feet out and goes up in smoke. Cannon was just behind at the sixty foot mark, .904, but he goes up in smoke about 200 feet out and has to give up on the run.

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