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Sun, 17 Feb 2013, 18:28 PM

Funny Car Round 2 Eliminations
By David Gerard





POMONA, Calif. - Results of round 2 eliminations in Funny Car at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 53rd annual O'Reilly NHRA Winternationals presented by Super Start Batteries:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   28 Ron Capps                             782 Gary Densham                 
E2   ****WINNER****  0.086  4.251 241.84                     0.111  5.808 105.41
 Prior rounds:
E1    (J Force     ) 0.079  4.108 313.58      (T Pedregon  ) 0.121  5.023 173.21
 Qualified:             #6  4.073 311.92                        #3  4.053 307.09
3:09 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 71 degrees, relative humidity 35 percent, barometer 28.80 inches, adjusted altitude 2,553 feet, track temperature 95 degrees.

Capps is 21 - 10 against Densham in prior events.

Densham goes from no parachute on his first pass on Thursday to shaking the chute out right off the line. The tires are shaking and spinning and he lifts.

Capps was off the line first and then had the Charger make a hard move near mid-track. He drove it back into the groove, but the engine wasn't happy on down the track.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    6 Johnny Gray                            22 Todd Lesenko                 
E2   ****WINNER****  0.106  4.038 307.72                     0.047  4.202 307.30
 Prior rounds:
E1    (A DeJoria   ) 0.097  4.056 314.31      (J Beckman   ) 0.092  5.013 176.33
 Qualified:             #7  4.085 308.28                       #15  4.250 302.69
This is the first time Gray and Lesenko have faced each other in eliminations.

Gray was second off the line, but back in front right after the sixty foot lights. The Charger powers on down the track and almost resets low ET of the meet.

Lesenko made a strong pass, but was no match.

Johnny Gray's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.013), 330 ft(0.054), 660ft(0.091). MOV: 0.1054 seconds (approximately 48 feet).

Johnny Gray's incremental times: 60ft-0.893 sec., 330ft-2.291, 660ft-3.253/269.08 mph.
Todd Lesenko's incremental times: 60ft-0.939 sec., 330ft-2.404, 660ft-3.403/259.21 mph.

Gray will have lane choice over Capps next round.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    5 Courtney Force                       2814 Matt Hagan                   
E2   ****WINNER****  0.074  4.070 312.64                     0.069  5.668 140.31
 Prior rounds:
E1    (P Burkart   ) 0.110  4.066 316.97      (T Wilkerson ) 0.059  4.346 227.84
 Qualified:             #1  4.036 318.24                        #9  4.097 304.46
They leave almost together with just 0.005 advantage for Hagan. His lead doesn't last long and any hope is gone in smoke well before the 330 lights.

Another straight and true pass for Force into the next round. Only one pass this weekend slower than 4.075.

Courtney Force's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(0.002), 330 ft(0.265), 660ft(0.785). MOV: 1.5938 seconds (more than 100 feet).

Courtney Force's incremental times: 60ft-0.898 sec., 330ft-2.318, 660ft-3.291/266.53 mph.
Matt Hagan's incremental times: 60ft-0.905 sec., 330ft-2.588, 660ft-4.081/150.51 mph.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   77 Bob Tasca III                           4 Cruz Pedregon                
E2   ****WINNER****  0.102  4.154 311.20                     0.073  4.523 189.15
 Prior rounds:
E1    (D Worsham   ) 0.088  4.137 311.56      (R Hight     ) 0.062  5.165 247.75
 Qualified:            #13  4.190 305.08                        #5  4.064 310.27
Pedregon gets a big lead off the line and stays out in front until near the top end. There are wet pipes at that point and the Camry slows.

Tasca was late and not keeping the pace until after the 330 lights where Pedregon slows. He runs clean to the finish line, but gives up lane choice to Force in the next round.

Bob Tasca III's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.061), 330 ft(-0.114), 660ft(-0.044). MOV: 0.3402 seconds (approximately 94 feet).

Bob Tasca III's incremental times: 60ft-0.937 sec., 330ft-2.392, 660ft-3.368/264.86 mph.
Cruz Pedregon's incremental times: 60ft-0.905 sec., 330ft-2.307, 660ft-3.353/212.63 mph.

3:24 p.m.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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