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Sun, 21 Oct 2001, 02:10 PM

DALLAS - Funny Car Round 2 Eliminations
By Dave Rowe





ENNIS, Texas - Results of round 2 eliminations in Funny Car at the 16th annual O'Reilly Fall Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec:

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   6 Tommy Johnson Jr.   4.820 314.35  Q   14 Johnny Gray         4.954 281.25
   (J Toliver   ) 0.476  5.595 236.84  E1   (R Capps     ) 0.491  6.634 228.31
                  0.481  4.927 269.05  E2 *****WINNER***** 0.482  4.921 310.88
12:49 PM These two were even off the line, had the same sixty foot time at .943, then Johnson started pulling away at the 330 foot mark. Johnson kept the lead until just past the 1000 foot mark, then the car nosed over allowing Gray to drive by for the win. Margin of victory = 0.005 seconds (approximately 24 inches).

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
  13 Bob Gilbertson      4.905 311.09  Q   12 Gary Densham        4.896 318.35
   (T Pedregon  ) 0.479  4.827 308.64  E1   (D Skuza     ) 0.481  4.803 324.32
                  0.420  6.867 127.19  E2 *****WINNER***** 0.506  4.827 320.39
Gilbertson got a big holeshot, then hazed the tires at about 300 feet. Densham makes another great pass, right down the groove, for the easy win.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   2 John Force          4.758 322.69  Q    7 Scotty Cannon       4.821 315.78
   (J Lawson    ) 0.503  4.802 321.08  E1   (F Pedregon  ) 0.531  4.823 321.54
 *****WINNER***** 0.482  4.808 322.34  E2                  0.517  5.776 167.75
Force needs to go as many rounds as Bazemore this weekend to clinch the championship. Cannon was close until he got a little past half-track, then he hazes the tires and Force pulls away.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   8 Del Worsham         4.828 301.00  Q    1 Whit Bazemore       4.753 325.37
   (B Sarver    ) 0.467  4.857 315.34  E1   (D Creasy Jr.) 0.508  5.555 269.05
 *****WINNER***** 0.407  4.995 264.23  E2                  0.490  5.377 242.19
Bazemore will have to win this round to stay in the hunt for the championship. Worsham has lane choice and has picked the left lane, the lane of choice today. This will do it, John Force is the 2001 Funny Car champion. Worsham got a big holeshot, but Bazemore caught him by the 330 foot mark. He started hazing the tires just before halftrack and Worsham pulled away.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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