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Fri, 5 Sep 2003, 09:51 PM

Funny Car Qualifying Notes, Session #3
By Rick Green

CLERMONT, Ind. - Notes from round 3 qualifying in Funny Car at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 49th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals 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: Jack Wyatt Runs 6.019/159.10, Now #20; Best prior run: 5.439/235.43, Was #20

Current weather conditions: 69 degrees, 53 percent relative humidity, the barometer 30.11 inches, with a track temperature of 79 degrees.

Wyatt with a quick flash of green header flames as he pushed a header gasket out and clicked it off.

Left Lane: Scotty Cannon Runs 4.822/316.60, Now #6; Best prior run: 4.880/313.07, Was #13
Right Lane: Cory Lee Runs 5.831/181.67, Now #18; Best prior run: 5.266/254.47, Was #18

Cannon launched hard and got out of the groove a little and close to the wall but keep his foot in it to move up into the top half of the show. Lee starts losing traction and clicks it early.

Left Lane: Del Worsham Runs 4.873/305.91, Now #12; Best prior run: 5.975/165.56, Was #22
Right Lane: Bob Gilbertson Runs 8.427/114.65, Now #16; Best prior run: 5.023/309.56, Was #15

Gilbertson start to shake the tires right off the starting line and clicked it off. Worsham was able to get it to hook up and keep the candles lit on all eight this pass to get in the show. That will bump out Haddock.

Left Lane: Frank Pedregon Runs 4.843/313.80, Now #10; Best prior run: 5.769/166.56, Was #22
Right Lane: Cruz Pedregon Runs 5.349/191.05, Now #21; Best prior run: 5.340/191.81, Was #20

Here we go with the Pedregon brothers and Frank with a good looking pass straight down Broadway to get in the show and that bumped out Gilbertson. Cruz was right there with him at half track and then started to drift toward the centerline and and finally had to lift.

Left Lane: Dale Creasy Jr. Runs 8.650/86.41, Now #16; Best prior run: 4.947/307.09, Was #16
Right Lane: Tony Pedregon Runs 4.823/318.02, Now #7; Best prior run: 4.879/313.22, Was #15

Creasy had something go away around half track and clicked it off. Pedregon with a good looking pass to get into the top half show.

Left Lane: Tim Wilkerson Runs 5.569/176.05, Now #13; Best prior run: 4.864/317.64, Was #13
Right Lane: Terry Haddock Runs 4.924/308.99, Now #16; Best prior run: 5.043/297.09, Was #18

Wilkerson started dropping cylinders around half track and clicked it off. Haddock launched hard and keep the Goodyears stuck runs a career best by more than tenth.

Left Lane: Bob Bode Runs 10.445/79.10, Now #13; Best prior run: 4.853/283.25, Was #12
Right Lane: Gary Densham Runs 4.786/320.97, Now #4; Best prior run: 4.878/315.71, Was #15

Bode started to lose traction right off the starting line, got out of the groove and clicked it off. Densham launched hard and was able to keep the Goodyears stuck and is just a few ticks off a career best here.

Left Lane: Phil Burkart Runs 12.391/80.60, Now #11; Best prior run: 4.838/318.47, Was #11
Right Lane: Dean Skuza Runs 4.805/311.41, Now #5; Best prior run: 4.834/314.97, Was #10

Burkart lost traction immediately and clicked it off. Skuza with a great looking pass his quickest pass of the season to move into the number five spot.

Left Lane: Ron Capps Runs 4.813/319.52, Now #6; Best prior run: 4.821/318.32, Was #7
Right Lane: Tommy Johnson Jr. Runs 5.681/166.33, Now #10; Best prior run: 4.828/304.94, Was #10

Johnson start to haze the tires just past the half track and clicked it off. Capps with a good looking pass with header flames lighting up the night sky all the way through the 1320.

Left Lane: Whit Bazemore Runs 4.774/321.65, Now #2; Best prior run: 4.767/323.74, Was #2
Right Lane: Johnny Gray Runs 6.366/139.91, Now #7; Best prior run: 4.821/321.27, Was #7

Gray started mixing up the cylinders early in the pass and clicked it off. Bazemore with a picture perfect pass here for the quickest pass of the session.

Left Lane: Gary Scelzi Runs 4.764/325.53, Now #2; Best prior run: 4.765/316.01, Was #1
Right Lane: John Force Runs 4.759/307.72, Now #1; Best prior run: 4.780/317.94, Was #3

This was a great way to end the day a great side-by-side drag race. The two quickest passes of the session. That wraps up day one of Indy II with Force leading the field and Terry Haddock rounding out the top 16 with his career best pass.

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