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Sat, 20 Sep 2003, 02:57 PM

Funny Car Qualifying Notes, Session #3
By Dave Rowe

MILLINGTON, Tenn. - Notes from round 3 qualifying in Funny Car at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 16th annual O'Reilly NHRA Mid-South Nationals presented by Pennzoil listing lane, driver name, elapsed time/top speed this round, position in order following run, best prior elapsed time/speed, and position in order prior to run:
Right Lane: Cruz Pedregon Runs 8.226/93.88, Now #12; Best prior run: 4.984/286.25, Was #12

1:10 PM Current weather conditions: 75 degrees, 57 percent relative humidity, the barometer 30.16 inches, with a track temperature of 111 degrees.

Pedregon gets about 300 feet out, starts smoking the tires and gives up on the run.

Left Lane: Dean Skuza Runs 5.074/279.79, Now #14; Best prior run: 5.097/262.44, Was #15
Right Lane: Scotty Cannon Runs 5.785/171.90, Now #17; Best prior run: 5.406/219.26, Was #17

Cannon gets about 600 feet out, strikes the tires and aborts the run. Skuza was on a pretty good run until just before the finish-line, then hazes the tires and slows.

Left Lane: Bob Gilbertson Runs 5.181/274.27, Now #16; Best prior run: 5.117/293.15, Was #16
Right Lane: Richard Hartman Runs 8.045/106.70, Now #19; Best prior run: 7.677/116.17, Was #19

Hartman gets about 400 feet out, smokes the tires and aborts the run. Gilbertson made a decent pass but did not improve.

Right Lane: Phil Burkart Runs 7.412/108.32, Now #10; Best prior run: 4.918/311.05, Was #10

Burkart strikes the tires about 300 feet out and shuts down.

Left Lane: Gary Densham Runs 6.051/152.11, Now #4; Best prior run: 4.856/311.99, Was #4
Right Lane: Dale Creasy Jr. Runs 5.394/204.79, Now #17; Best prior run: 5.875/163.63, Was #18

Densham gets about 500 feet out and strikes the tires. Creasy gets a little further, about 700 feet, hazes the tires and shuts down.

Left Lane: Cory Lee Runs 6.509/135.10, Now #9; Best prior run: 4.915/315.71, Was #9
Right Lane: Frank Pedregon Runs 8.648/92.81, Now #13; Best prior run: 4.987/296.37, Was #13

Pedregon gets out of the groove, veers toward the center-line and shuts down. Lee gets about 500 feet out, smokes the tires and shuts down.

Left Lane: Tim Wilkerson Runs 4.978/247.38, Now #8; Best prior run: 4.912/311.70, Was #8
Right Lane: Tommy Johnson Jr. Runs 10.193/82.59, Now #11; Best prior run: 4.938/249.67, Was #11

Wilkerson was on a good pass, 3.279/250.88 MPH at half-track, then loses traction at the 1000 foot mark and shuts down. Johnson goes up in smoke just after the 330-foot cone.

Left Lane: Ron Capps Runs 9.688/82.15, Now #5; Best prior run: 4.857/313.15, Was #5
Right Lane: Del Worsham Runs 6.045/151.14, Now #7; Best prior run: 4.909/314.17, Was #7

How many ways can you say up in smoke ? Capps gets to the 330' and strikes the tires, Worsham just before half-track.

Left Lane: Gary Scelzi Runs 11.080/77.79, Now #3; Best prior run: 4.837/322.42, Was #3
Right Lane: Tony Pedregon Runs 7.580/108.29, Now #6; Best prior run: 4.892/312.57, Was #6

Scelzi shakes the tires right off the line, gets about 300 feet out and aborts the run. Pedregon gets a little further, about 500 feet out and goes up in smoke.

Left Lane: Whit Bazemore Runs 5.558/179.02, Now #1; Best prior run: 4.826/316.67, Was #1
Right Lane: John Force Runs 4.950/292.65, Now #2; Best prior run: 4.826/313.37, Was #2

Bazemore gets a little further than most other cars in the left lane, about 600 feet, then goes up in smoke. Force was on a good pass, then put out a cylinder around the 1000 foot mark. The car started moving to the right and got close to the wall just as he crossed the finish-line.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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