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Sun, 28 Oct 2001, 05:49 PM

LAS VEGAS 2 - Funny Car Round 3 Eliminations
By Darryl Jackman

LAS VEGAS - Results of round 3 eliminations in Funny Car at the Inaugural AC Delco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals:

  10 Bruce Sarver        4.908 306.88  Q   11 Bob Gilbertson      4.912 310.34
   (T Johnson Jr) 0.509  4.901 308.71  E1   (S Cannon    ) 0.508  4.881 305.22
                  0.494  8.752  93.09  E2   (T Pedregon  ) 0.492  4.914 300.40
                  0.495  4.970 298.07  E3 *****WINNER***** 0.434  4.924 302.01
2:32 PM Sarver and Gilbertson begin the semis, and will be followed by Capps against Hofmann. Sarver had problems on his single and smoked the tires. A bit of smoke from Gilbertson in the prior round but he has lane choice. Gilbertson gets a big lead on the starting line and pulls away from Sarver at every marker. Gilbertson and tuner, Paul Smith, are going to their third final round.

  13 Al Hofmann          4.975 294.05  Q    8 Ron Capps           4.866 310.91
   (T Wilkerson ) 0.512  5.104 267.32  E1   (F Pedregon  ) 0.486  4.884 312.57
   (D Skuza     ) 0.515  4.964 305.22  E2   (W Bazemore  ) 0.447  4.884 314.02
                  0.493  6.570 134.47  E3 *****WINNER***** 0.494  4.853 310.84
Even start and an even race until Hofmann's ride started drifting towards the wall. Hofmann tried to horse the car back into then middle but it just won't respond. Hofmann lifts and Capps streaks away for the win and a trip to the finals. Capps will have lane choice over Gilbertson.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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