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Sun, 21 Oct 2001, 01:25 PM

DALLAS - Federal-Mogul Funny Car Round 2 Eliminations
By Rick Green





ENNIS, Texas - Results of round 2 eliminations in Federal-Mogul 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
   8 Steve Harker        5.815 244.89  Q    1 Jay Payne           5.632 252.38
   (K Kinsley   ) 0.508  5.800 249.51  E1   (S Burck     ) 0.527  5.657 248.27
                  0.472  7.842 114.46  E2 *****WINNER***** 0.476  5.683 249.23
They left the starting line together and Payne with another 5.60 in his bracket Federal-Mogul Funny car takes the win. Harker is out of the groove and close to the wall.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
  10 Kirk Williams       5.824 246.44  Q    2 Von Smith           5.718 250.97
   (T Simpson   ) 0.460  5.818 248.75  E1   (R Shaver    ) 0.467  5.680 252.80
                  0.497  5.797 249.58  E2 *****WINNER***** 0.510  5.682 252.17
Williams with a slight starting line advantage, but Smith has the difference made up by 200 feet and marches on through to the next round.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   6 Tate Branch         5.751 247.72  Q    3 Pat Austin          5.723 247.72
   (C Chesterman) 0.479  5.822 245.36  E1   (J Jones     ) 0.492  5.682 252.24
                  0.457  5.782 246.50  E2 *****WINNER***** 0.487  5.694 250.69
Branch did his job on the tree, but after that it was all Austin with a great looking pass. Austin will give up lane choice to Smith.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   5 Bob Newberry        5.751 251.67  Q    4 Marc White          5.740 250.90
   (J Stidham   ) 0.568  5.714 252.10  E1   (S Palmer    ) 0.483  5.720 250.41
 *****WINNER***** 0.514  5.700 251.46  E2                  0.482  5.750 248.27
White out of the gate first and Newberry had to drive through a little tire shake, but had the power to chase him down by half track to take the win. Margin of victory = 0.018 seconds (approximately 7 feet). Newberry will give up lane choice to Payne in the next round.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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