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Sun, 17 Feb 2013, 21:00 PM

Funny Car Final, Round 4 Eliminations
By David Gerard





POMONA, Calif. - Results of final, round 4 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                               5 Courtney Force               
E4                   0.071  6.090 116.32     ****WINNER****  0.076  4.025 317.12
 Prior rounds:
E3    (J Gray      ) 0.063  4.036 316.23      (B Tasca III ) 0.098 10.422  49.91
E2    (G Densham   ) 0.086  4.251 241.84      (M Hagan     ) 0.074  4.070 312.64
E1    (J Force     ) 0.079  4.108 313.58      (P Burkart   ) 0.110  4.066 316.97
 Qualified:             #6  4.073 311.92                        #1  4.036 318.24
5:40 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 67 degrees, relative humidity 42 percent, barometer 28.83 inches, adjusted altitude 2,257 feet, track temperature 68 degrees.

Capps is 5 - 2 against Force in prior events and this is the first time they have faced each other in a final round. Force was the number one qualifier and has a 1-3 win/loss record, so far. Capps qualified number six and is 38-39 win/loss. He has lane choice coming into the round.

The sun is down now and the header flames are strong on the line at the green. Capps gets a tiny 0.005 starting line advantage and stays out in front until right after the sixty foot lights. He has to pump the pedal a bunch to try to settle the car down to no avail.

Force is on a mission and powers on down the track, running the quickest pass of the weekend. It wasn't easy, as the Mustang started to drift steadily towards the center line down track and just puts a tire on the stripe right after the 1000 foot lights.

Courtney Force's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.016), 330 ft(0.236), 660ft(0.934). MOV: 2.0604 seconds (more than 100 feet).

Ron Capps' incremental times: 60ft-0.893 sec., 330ft-2.551, 660ft-4.196/130.80 mph.
Courtney Force's incremental times: 60ft-0.904 sec., 330ft-2.310, 660ft-3.257/272.61 mph.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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