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Sun, 21 Oct 2001, 12:31 PM

DALLAS - Funny Car Round 1 Eliminations
By Dave Rowe





ENNIS, Texas - Results of round 1 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
   5 Dean Skuza          4.819 315.90  Q   12 Gary Densham        4.896 318.35
                  0.474  4.905 313.58  E1 *****WINNER***** 0.481  4.803 324.32
11:01 AM These two have met three times this year, Densham with a 2-1 lead. He makes it 3-1 on a perfect pass, his quickest of the weekend. Margin of victory = 0.095 seconds (approximately 44 feet).

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   4 Tony Pedregon       4.809 320.62  Q   13 Bob Gilbertson      4.905 311.09
                  0.495  4.854 317.23  E1 *****WINNER***** 0.479  4.827 308.64
Pedregon holds a 2-0 edge over Gilbertson this year. Gilbertson takes this one with a career best ET. Margin of victory = 0.043 seconds (approximately 20 feet).

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   1 Whit Bazemore       4.753 325.37  Q   16 Dale Creasy Jr.     5.015 262.31
 *****WINNER***** 0.508  5.555 269.05  E1                  0.565  7.011 134.32
This was a tire smoking battle. Creasy goes up in smoke first, about 300 feet out, pedals two or three times, but never gives up. Bazemore makes it to about 400 feet, loses traction, pedals and smokes the tires through the lights.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   3 Ron Capps           4.802 317.57  Q   14 Johnny Gray         4.954 281.25
                  0.487 10.878  81.76  E1 *****WINNER***** 0.491  6.634 228.31
Big upset here. Capps loses traction about 300 feet out, pedals, then throws the blower belt. Gray went up in smoke at about the same time, got on and off the throttle all the way through the lights and took the win.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   2 John Force          4.758 322.69  Q   15 John Lawson         4.973 306.22
 *****WINNER***** 0.503  4.802 321.08  E1                  0.492 12.093  79.16
Lawson hits the throttle and goes up in smoke. Force runs low ET of the round so far and takes the easy win.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   6 Tommy Johnson Jr.   4.820 314.35  Q   11 Jerry Toliver       4.887 311.52
 *****WINNER***** 0.476  5.595 236.84  E1                  0.479 10.958  58.44
Toliver won the only meeting between these two this year. Toliver goes up in smoke about 300 feet out and shuts down. Johnson pulls the wheels at about half-track, pedals, and pulls the wheels again. The burst panel blows off the body, but Johnson hits the throttle again and goes through the lights. He will have lane choice over Gray in round two.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
  10 Frank Pedregon      4.867 314.90  Q    7 Scotty Cannon       4.821 315.78
                  0.512  7.197 120.16  E1 *****WINNER***** 0.531  4.823 321.54
Pedregon goes up in smoke about 300 feet out, pedals, then finally gives up on the run. Cannon only made one full pass during qualifying but must have found the problem on this pass. He will run Force in round two, Force with the lane choice.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   8 Del Worsham         4.828 301.00  Q    9 Bruce Sarver        4.859 313.26
 *****WINNER***** 0.467  4.857 315.34  E1                  0.373  4.995 310.13
Sarver jumps the gun off the line and gives Worsham the easy win. Worsham made a clean pass, right down the groove and will have lane choice over Bazemore in round two.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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