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Sun, 28 Apr 2013, 17:00 PM

Funny Car Final, Round 4 Eliminations
By Larry Sullivan

BAYTOWN, Texas - Results of final, round 4 eliminations in Funny Car at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 26th annual O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries:

    8 Tim Wilkerson                           4 Cruz Pedregon                
E4                   0.107  6.914 102.08     ****WINNER****  0.051  4.246 296.96
 Prior rounds:
E3    (R Capps     ) 0.102  4.202 297.81      (A DeJoria   ) 0.106  4.243 295.92
E2    (J Force     ) 0.115  4.198 298.67      (B Tasca III ) 0.093  4.181 303.37
E1    (D Worsham   ) 0.097  4.267 303.30      (T Haddock   ) 0.098  5.367 236.63
 Qualified:             #2  4.103 307.58                        #1  4.086 310.41
3:48 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 81 degrees, relative humidity 51 percent, barometer 29.90 inches, adjusted altitude 2,215 feet, track temperature 114 degrees.

Wilkerson was ready and waiting under the tower, while Pedregon was just pushing away from his pits after a last-minute thrash to fix an ignition problem. He made it without undue delay.

Pedregon is 13 - 10 against Wilkerson in prior events and Wilkerson is 1 - 0 against Pedregon in prior final rounds. Pedregon has a shot at a clean sweep, qualified #1 with low ET and top speed of the event, but the big payday is for winning the event, the rest is just bragging rights.

Get out the broom, this one was over quickly. Pedregon left first, then Wilkerson drove right into tire smoke while Pedregon made another clean run for the win, his 32nd in 70 final rounds.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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