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Sun, 01 Sep 2013, 16:31 PM

Funny Car Qualifying Notes, Final Session
By David Gerard

BROWNSBURG, Ind. - Notes from final, round 4 qualifying in Funny Car at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 59th annual Chevrolet Performance 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:
Left Lane: Tim Wilkerson Runs 4.107/307.37, Now #12; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Cruz Pedregon Runs 4.124/306.12, Now #10; No Prior Run

3:20 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 83 degrees, relative humidity 63 percent, barometer 28.87 inches, adjusted altitude 3,773 feet, track temperature 110 degrees.

The first two pair are also round two of the Traxxas Funny Car Shootout. Matt Hagan is number one at 4.007 and Blake Alexander is on the bump spot at 4.191.

Two strong passes with Wilkerson scoring the better times running down the track.

Tim Wilkerson's incremental times: 60ft-0.909 sec., 330ft-2.331, 660ft-3.311/262.23 mph.
Cruz Pedregon's incremental times: 60ft-0.936 sec., 330ft-2.358, 660ft-3.329/263.41 mph.

Left Lane: Courtney Force Runs 4.099/314.75, Now #13; Best prior run: 4.088/316.30, Was #13
Right Lane: Jack Beckman Runs 4.082/310.55, Now #8; Best prior run: 4.062/310.20, Was #8

A nice side by side pass for the two drivers.

Jack Beckman has the better incrementals and gets there first. He doesn't improve.

Force's car was stronger from the 660 foot lights to the finish line and cards a better speed.

Courtney Force's incremental times: 60ft-0.921 sec., 330ft-2.345, 660ft-3.320/265.53 mph.
Jack Beckman's incremental times: 60ft-0.915 sec., 330ft-2.329, 660ft-3.298/266.16 mph.

Right Lane: Blake Alexander Runs 4.680/177.56, Now #16; Best prior run: 4.191/295.66, Was #16

3:54 p.m. The balance of the Funny Cars are ready to run the rest of the session.

Alexander was on a strong pass until right after the 330 lights, where the car lost traction. He stays on the bump spot for now, but there are still two cars that can push him out.

Right Lane: Jeff Arend Runs 5.139/145.44, Now #15; Best prior run: 4.138/306.12, Was #15

In almost a repeat of Alexanders pass, Arend's Charger kicks the tires at the 330 lights.

Right Lane: John Force Runs 4.052/313.58, Now #6; Best prior run: 4.056/312.71, Was #6

Force will be the last of the singles for a while. Nothing wrong with the right lane, as the Prock Rocket thunders on down the track and runs a better ET than the cooler morning session. He will stay #6 for now.

John Force's incremental times: 60ft-0.894 sec., 330ft-2.315, 660ft-3.278/269.08 mph.

Left Lane: Tony Pedregon Runs 4.091/306.26, Now #14; Best prior run: 10.229/77.20, Was #18
Right Lane: Ron Capps Runs 7.908/87.56, Now #5; Best prior run: 4.049/315.27, Was #5

Pedregon is still not in the show and needs a great pass. ... and he gets it with style. The Camry is still a little soft down low, but runs strong to get into the field in the #14 spot.

Capps was stronger initially, but overpowered the track about 100 feet out.

Tony Pedregon's incremental times: 60ft-0.904 sec., 330ft-2.318, 660ft-3.296/263.20 mph.
Ron Capps' incremental times: 60ft-0.895 sec., 330ft-2.788, 660ft-5.292/089.07 mph.

Left Lane: Bob Bode Runs 4.503/239.91, Now #18; Best prior run: 4.357/282.24, Was #18
Right Lane: Bob Tasca III Runs 4.094/309.84, Now #4; Best prior run: 4.046/313.88, Was #4

Jeff Arend is on the bump spot at 4.138. Last chance for Bode and the Impala is lazy off the line. Down track, the car drifted towards the center line and he had to lift.

Tasca makes it three out of four for good passes and has the second best time of the session.

Bob Bode's incremental times: 60ft-0.975 sec., 330ft-2.493, 660ft-3.570/236.34 mph.
Bob Tasca III's incremental times: 60ft-0.910 sec., 330ft-2.327, 660ft-3.309/263.46 mph.

Left Lane: Alexis DeJoria Runs 4.081/309.77, Now #12; Best prior run: 4.132/304.53, Was #15
Right Lane: Del Worsham Runs 4.815/166.21, Now #3; Best prior run: 4.045/313.15, Was #3

Team Kalitta to the line.

DeJoria is away first and has the better numbers running down the track, the Camry has a puff of smoke in the lights, but she still moves three spots up the ladder to the number three spot.

Worsham was running well until right after the 330 lights and then smoked the tires.

Alexis DeJoria's incremental times: 60ft-0.903 sec., 330ft-2.320, 660ft-3.295/265.59 mph.
Del Worsham's incremental times: 60ft-0.911 sec., 330ft-2.331, 660ft-3.493/187.89 mph.

Left Lane: Chad Head Runs 5.251/141.21, Now #9; Best prior run: 4.064/308.35, Was #9
Right Lane: Johnny Gray Runs 5.834/115.72, Now #2; Best prior run: 4.012/312.13, Was #2

Dueling smokers!

Strong leaves for both cars and they run together until right after the 330 lights, where Gray smoked the tires, immediately followed by Head.

Chad Head's incremental times: 60ft-0.907 sec., 330ft-2.350, 660ft-3.692/160.12 mph.
Johnny Gray's incremental times: 60ft-0.911 sec., 330ft-2.383, 660ft-3.958/135.12 mph.

Left Lane: Robert Hight Runs 4.093/313.29, Now #7; Best prior run: 4.056/310.91, Was #7
Right Lane: Matt Hagan Runs 4.048/313.58, Now #1; Best prior run: 4.007/319.22, Was #1

...and the best is saved for last!

Hagan shows why he comes into the round in the top spot, as he makes the quickest pass of the session and matches John Force's speed.

Hight chases him to the finish line on a clean strong pass and runs a big MPH too.

Robert Hight's incremental times: 60ft-0.919 sec., 330ft-2.347, 660ft-3.314/266.95 mph.
Matt Hagan's incremental times: 60ft-0.903 sec., 330ft-2.310, 660ft-3.272/268.54 mph.

4:18 p.m. Jeff Arend is on the bump spot at 4.138.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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