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Sun, 30 Sep 2012, 15:54 PM

Funny Car Round 3 Eliminations
By Dave Rowe





MADISON, Ill. - Results of round 3 eliminations in Funny Car at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, Inaugural AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    2 Jack Beckman                           72 Tony Pedregon                
E3   ****WINNER****  0.083  4.093 302.35                     0.043  5.957 134.52
 Prior rounds:
E2    (J Arend     ) 0.103  4.093 306.95      (M Neff      ) 0.055  4.109 305.36
E1    (A DeJoria   ) 0.090  4.127 306.12      (B Tasca III ) 0.058  4.111 308.14
 Qualified:             #1  4.049 308.85                       #12  4.136 301.20
2:45 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 79 degrees, relative humidity 40 percent, barometer 29.43 inches, adjusted altitude 2,465 feet, track temperature 96 degrees.

Beckman is 10 - 5 against Pedregon in prior events.

Beckman could make up a little ground on Capps with a win here and could get within thirty points if he can win the event.

Pedregon gets off the line first, gets about 60 feet out and goes up in smoke. he pedals a couple of times but can't get the slicks to bite. Beckman drifted a little to the right near the end of the run but still made a good run to take the win.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   10 Tim Wilkerson                           1 Matt Hagan                   
E3                   0.088  4.197 291.19     ****WINNER****  0.085  4.137 299.46
 Prior rounds:
E2    (D Creasy Jr ) 0.105  4.084 308.50      (R Capps     ) 0.054  4.116 297.35
E1    (R Hight     ) 0.100  4.125 305.63      (J Head      ) 0.053  4.086 304.32
 Qualified:            #10  4.115 293.03                        #3  4.061 305.42
Hagan is 6 - 3 against Wilkerson in prior events.

Wilkerson is about eight rounds behind Capps in the points and really needs this win to keep his hopes alive.

Wilkerson got out in front early, then Hagan pulled even at the 330 foot mark. Hagan started pulling away and extended his lead through the rest of the run.

Beckman will have lane choice over hagan in an all Schumacher team final.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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