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Sun, 12 Nov 2000, 07:00 PM

POMONA-2 - Funny Car Round 3 Eliminations
By Larry Sullivan

POMONA, Calif. - Results of round 3 eliminations in Funny Car at the 36th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals:

   6 Bruce Sarver        5.008 294.88  Q    7 Bob Gilbertson      5.010 300.66
   (J Toliver   ) 0.550  4.924 305.36  E1   (L Sweet     ) 0.499  5.039 296.37
   (D Worsham   ) 0.509  4.946 297.22  E2   (D Skuza     ) 0.480  5.201 261.47
 *****WINNER***** 0.748  4.883 309.49  E3                  0.524  7.204 125.33
3:39 PM Sarver was dead late off the line, the late afternoon sunshine possibly a factor, but Gilbertson's dropped a cylinder on the left side car headed for the centerline and then the candles went out, allowing Sarver to go by for the win.

   1 John Force          4.908 291.63  Q    5 Ron Capps           4.951 295.14
   (W Bazemore  ) 0.518  4.928 301.40  E1   (P Burkart   ) 0.509  4.954 299.33
   (S Cannon    ) 0.543  4.858 311.13  E2   (T Pedregon  ) 0.509  4.951 298.54
 *****WINNER***** 0.529  4.911 280.14  E3                  0.503  9.772  80.22
THis one was ugly in both lanes, Capps losing traction and then appeared to lose an engine in the right lane, while Force dropped a cylinder on the left side and moved out toward the wall. Force pedaled and muscled it back to the groove, then the engine let go in a flash of flame as he crossed the line. The onboard fire system put the fire out, so the Grinch car will be back for the finals, but Sarver will have lane choice and the Safety Safari is busily cleaning up the mess in the left lane.

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