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Sat, 1 Jun 2002, 05:25 PM

Funny Car Round 2 Eliminations
By Larry Sullivan





DINWIDDIE, Va. - Results of round 2 eliminations in Funny Car at the Hooters IHRA Drag Racing Series, 2nd annual ACDelco Nationals presented by Chevrolet:

Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   2 Jimmy Rector        5.889 237.42  Q    7 Laurie Cannister    5.983 235.72
   (R MIDYETTE  ) 0.479  5.936 235.56  E1   (T MCMILLEN  ) 0.477  5.932 238.72
 *****WINNER***** 0.504  5.926 235.35  E2                  0.462  6.014 237.05

Cannister had a huge holeshot, but couldn't match her earlier run, very slow over the first 60 feet (a 1.012). Rector made up the difference by the 60-foot marker and then drove away for a half-car-length win.

Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
  11 Fred Tigges         6.006 234.04  Q    3 Mark Thomas         5.923 235.35
   (J VOUROS    ) 0.455  5.915 237.17  E1   (P LEE       ) 0.498  5.960 235.80
                  0.000 No Data        E2 *****WINNER***** 0.610  5.942 236.09

Tigges was unable to repair his car in time for this round, so Thomas got a freebie. However, Thomas wasn't quite quick enough to earn lane choice against Rector in the semifinals.

Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   4 Bunny Burkett       5.961 239.02  Q    5 Mike Comella        5.965 233.52
   (R ATCHISON  ) 0.702  6.091  23.46  E1   (P HOOPER    ) 0.465  6.042 232.55
                  0.000 No Data        E2 *****WINNER***** 0.483  6.063 232.91

Bunny left for Budd's Creek after round one, so Comella got a solo run to advance to the semifinals. Comella made a nice, smooth, conservative run.

Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   1 Dale Brand          5.828 237.71  Q    8 Monty Todd          5.988 233.72
   (B MARTINDALE) 0.481  5.965 234.74  E1   (L DOBBS     ) 0.492  6.460 225.71
 *****WINNER***** 0.451  5.911 235.15  E2                  0.379 20.581  45.19

Todd was too eager and then shook very hard, while Brand cruised right down the groove with the quickest run of the round, earning lane choice against Comella in the semifinals.





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