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Fri, 17 May 2013, 21:14 PM

Funny Car Qualifying Notes, Session #2
By Rick Green

TOPEKA, Kan. - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Funny Car at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 25th annual NHRA Kansas 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:
Left Lane: Todd Simpson Runs 4.783/206.35, Now #13; No Prior Run

Weather conditions: air temperature 79 degrees, relative humidity 61 percent, barometer 28.70 inches, adjusted altitude 3,488 feet, track temperature 99 degrees.

Simpson was dropping cylinders on the left side from the start. Then the engine let go with a big fireball, and the word from the top end is there is oil on the track.

Left Lane: Tony Pedregon Runs 4.251/270.81, Now #10; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Dale Creasy Jr. Runs 5.222/163.87, Now #15; Best prior run: 11.509/80.19, Was #16

Creasy Jr. started to lose traction and clicked it off by 330 feet. Pedregon was using up and engine in the lights as there was a lot of smoke, but the track was clean. Pedregon gets in the show. Tony Pedregon's incremental times: 60ft-0.905 sec., 330ft-2.347, 660ft-3.375/244.74 mph.

Left Lane: Johnny Gray Runs 4.687/269.35, Now #14; Best prior run: 4.732/173.67, Was #13
Right Lane: John Force Runs 4.117/309.27, Now #2; Best prior run: 8.950/69.83, Was #17

Force launched hard and keep it hitting on all eight to go to the number two spot. John Force's incremental times: 60ft-0.916 sec., 330ft-2.355, 660ft-3.328/265.95 mph. Gray started to lose traction and pedaled it. He improved, but not enough to get in the show.

Left Lane: Tim Wilkerson Runs 4.071/310.55, Now #1; Best prior run: 4.470/223.06, Was #13
Right Lane: Alexis DeJoria Runs 4.296/251.30, Now #14; Best prior run: 6.164/109.81, Was #17

Wilkerson launched hard and had the header flames shooting high over the roof line all the way down the track. Wilkerson goes to the number one spot...Tim Wilkerson's incremental times: 60ft-0.908 sec., 330ft-2.319, 660ft-3.285/265.43 mph. DeJoria was moving around all the way down the track and finally clicked it off early.

Left Lane: Del Worsham Runs 4.072/312.64, Now #2; Best prior run: 4.258/276.69, Was #13
Right Lane: Matt Hagan Runs 4.081/312.57, Now #3; Best prior run: 4.195/301.94, Was #10

This was a great side-by-side drag race with both cars hitting on all eight all the way down the track. Worsham goes to the number two spot and Hagan was right behind to the number three spot. Del Worsham's incremental times: 60ft-0.906 sec., 330ft-2.332, 660ft-3.293/267.53 mph.
Matt Hagan's incremental times: 60ft-0.902 sec., 330ft-2.330, 660ft-3.300/267.75 mph.

Left Lane: Jack Beckman Runs 4.096/310.48, Now #5; Best prior run: 4.227/288.21, Was #12
Right Lane: Jeff Arend Runs 4.132/306.60, Now #7; Best prior run: 4.158/302.82, Was #9

Beckman was straight down the groove...Jack Beckman's incremental times: 60ft-0.897 sec., 330ft-2.327, 660ft-3.307/263.41 mph. arend with his quickest and fastest pass this season to go to the number eight spot. Jeff Arend's incremental times: 60ft-0.912 sec., 330ft-2.342, 660ft-3.332/260.71 mph.

Left Lane: Bob Tasca III Runs 4.136/310.70, Now #9; Best prior run: 4.190/303.50, Was #12
Right Lane: Ron Capps Runs 7.818/85.73, Now #11; Best prior run: 4.147/304.32, Was #10

Capps starts to lose traction right off the starting line and clicks it off. Tasca with a good pass to move up the ladder three spots. Bob Tasca III's incremental times: 60ft-0.913 sec., 330ft-2.358, 660ft-3.347/263.31 mph.

Left Lane: Chad Head Runs 4.105/310.13, Now #7; Best prior run: 4.185/303.98, Was #12
Right Lane: Courtney Force Runs 4.068/312.86, Now #1; Best prior run: 4.133/307.16, Was #8

force launched hard and was straight down Broadway to go to the number one spot. Courtney Force's incremental times: 60ft-0.899 sec., 330ft-2.325, 660ft-3.288/268.60 mph. Head with another good pass to move up the ladder. Chad Head's incremental times: 60ft-0.916 sec., 330ft-2.345, 660ft-3.318/265.06 mph.

Left Lane: Cruz Pedregon Runs 4.126/300.06, Now #9; Best prior run: 4.144/298.34, Was #11
Right Lane: Robert Hight Runs 4.067/302.62, Now #1; Best prior run: 4.090/298.01, Was #5

Hight takes back the number one spot with a great looking pass. It was hitting on all eight all the way down the track. Robert Hight's incremental times: 60ft-0.889 sec., 330ft-2.292, 660ft-3.261/262.03 mph. Pedregon improves and move up the ladder a couple spots. Cruz Pedregon's incremental times: 60ft-0.904 sec., 330ft-2.331, 660ft-3.321/258.52 mph.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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