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Sun, 10 Nov 2002, 04:47 PM

Funny Car Round 2 Eliminations
By Dave Gerard





POMONA, Calif. - Results of round 2 eliminations in Funny Car at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 38th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals:

Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   6 Tim Wilkerson       4.873 310.55  Q   14 Johnny Gray         8.736 115.28
   (F Pedregon  ) 0.513  4.949 307.30  E1   (G Densham   ) 0.487  6.116 274.55
 *****WINNER***** 0.513  4.943 310.70  E2                  0.475  4.982 311.92

1:28 PM The temperature is about 68 degrees, the humidity 56%, and the barometer 30.06.

A great side by side race from start to finish Gray away first and ahead until after mid-track. Wilkerson sneaks ahead to take the win.

T Wil Margin 60ft(-0.008), 330 ft(-0.011), 660ft(-0.005), 1,000ft(0.003). MOV: 0.0012 seconds (approximately 7 inches).

Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
  15 Tommy Johnson Jr.   9.078   NS    Q   10 Cruz Pedregon       5.212 231.64
   (D Skuza     ) 0.467  4.949 314.53  E1   (W Bazemore  ) 0.465  4.988 302.01
 *****WINNER***** 0.524  4.948 314.39  E2                  0.497  5.648 187.57

Pedregon gets the lead off the line, but Johnson was quickly back in control. Pedregon starts to drop cylinders and makes a big move toward the centerline. Wilkerson will get lane choice by .005 seconds.

Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   1 John Force          4.762 324.05  Q    8 Cory Lee            4.920 309.84
   (S Cannon    ) 0.453  4.862 315.93  E1   (T Haddock   ) 0.508  5.582 193.35
 *****WINNER***** 0.458  4.944 303.98  E2                  0.544  5.179 270.43

Cory was hired earlier this year to take on Team Force. This time it's John Force from wire to wire with a straight and safe run to take the win.

Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
  13 Tony Pedregon       7.328 285.59  Q    5 Ron Capps           4.873 313.80
   (B Sarver    ) 0.446  4.917 314.90  E1   (D Worsham   ) 0.461  5.333 250.69
 *****WINNER***** 0.494  4.974 287.11  E2                  0.481 10.135  83.46

It's over quickly with major tire shake for Capps. Pedregon's crew will have a busy time getting ready for his match up with Force next round. The engine expired in the lights and there was a lot of work by the Safety Safari to put down the oil fire in the shutdown area.





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