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Sat, 22 Feb 2014, 19:39 PM

Funny Car Qualifying Notes, Final Session
By David Gerard

CHANDLER, Ariz. - Notes from final, round 4 qualifying in Funny Car at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 30th annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA 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: Jeff Diehl No Time, Now #16; Best prior run: 5.654/128.26, Was #16

4:55 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 76 degrees, relative humidity 19 percent, barometer 28.63 inches, adjusted altitude 2,895 feet, track temperature 97 degrees.

John Force is number one at 3.990 and Jeff Diehl is on the bump spot at 5.654.

Diehl looks to be on his best run of the weekend with a strong 0.888 sixty foot time. The car runs strong down the track and then drifts towards the center line. He nails both the 1000 and 1320 reflectors and keeps one stuck to the front of the car as a souvenir. His 4.441 @ 249.58 would have still left him on the bump spot with three more cars that can still move past him into the field.

Jeff Diehl's incremental times: 60ft-0.888 sec., 330ft-2.412, 660ft-3.535/237.30 mph.

Left Lane: Terry Haddock Runs 8.802/88.73, Now #19; Best prior run: 6.540/109.05, Was #19
Right Lane: Tony Pedregon Runs 4.269/271.19, Now #15; Best prior run: 4.247/290.19, Was #15

Haddock's Impala is up in smoke hard at the green.

Pedregon's car was a little lazy off the line and then ran clean to near the 1000 foot lights, where there is smoke from the engine. He doesn't improve.

Tony Pedregon's incremental times: 60ft-0.902 sec., 330ft-2.378, 660ft-3.405/248.52 mph.

Left Lane: Gary Densham No Time, Now #18; Best prior run: 6.430/115.92, Was #18
Right Lane: Jeff Arend No Time, Now #13; Best prior run: 4.120/303.16, Was #13

Well, that was a little weird.

Dunn saw that The USD car couldn't be bumped and pulled away from the burnout box.

Densham attempted a burnout, had problems, and motored on down the track.

Left Lane: Paul Lee Runs 5.936/128.57, Now #17; Best prior run: 5.971/117.64, Was #17
Right Lane: Tommy Johnson Jr. Runs 4.029/316.08, Now #2; Best prior run: 4.076/308.85, Was #7

Lee is the last car that can bump in, but the slicks are spinning hard at the green. Diehl stays in the field.

Johnson has a strong 0.878 sixty foot time and parlays that into a near career best ET. That's good enough to move the Make-A-Wish Charger into the number two position.

Tommy Johnson Jr.'s incremental times: 60ft-0.878 sec., 330ft-2.296, 660ft-3.257/269.19 mph.

Left Lane: Cruz Pedregon Runs 4.130/299.33, Now #14; Best prior run: 4.181/296.76, Was #14
Right Lane: Del Worsham Runs 4.051/316.67, Now #5; Best prior run: 4.073/312.42, Was #7

Two good looking passes and both cars improver their times.

Worsham sets a two position improvement into the current #5 spot, but Pedregon will stay #14.

Cruz Pedregon's incremental times: 60ft-0.874 sec., 330ft-2.304, 660ft-3.311/255.73 mph.
Del Worsham's incremental times: 60ft-0.888 sec., 330ft-2.322, 660ft-3.280/270.59 mph.

Left Lane: Courtney Force Runs 8.237/71.86, Now #12; Best prior run: 4.096/304.94, Was #12
Right Lane: Tim Wilkerson Runs 6.470/99.00, Now #7; Best prior run: 4.066/308.35, Was #7

Force is usually in the top half of the field by this point, but hasn't been able to improve on her first pass. The Mustang is too strong for the track and is smoking the tires right after the sixty foot lights.

Wilkerson power was too strong too and he is done before the 330 lights.

Left Lane: Matt Hagan Runs 6.957/89.36, Now #11; Best prior run: 4.091/309.63, Was #11
Right Lane: Jack Beckman Runs 7.506/80.88, Now #6; Best prior run: 4.055/314.09, Was #6

Way too much power for the conditions. Both cars are up in smoke right after the 60 foot lights.

Left Lane: Chad Head Runs 8.015/71.61, Now #10; Best prior run: 4.089/306.05, Was #10
Right Lane: Alexis DeJoria Runs 4.062/305.49, Now #4; Best prior run: 4.048/309.27, Was #4

A strong leave and the Patron XO Cafe Camry runs strong to near the finish line, where the flames go down a little early. She will stay number four. Another great showing for the team.

Head's car smokes the tires around the 100 foot mark.

Alexis DeJoria's incremental times: 60ft-0.880 sec., 330ft-2.304, 660ft-3.273/266.95 mph.

Left Lane: Ron Capps Runs 5.025/150.43, Now #9; Best prior run: 4.079/312.78, Was #9
Right Lane: Robert Hight Runs 6.798/96.02, Now #3; Best prior run: 4.030/314.24, Was #3

The crew chiefs are making a ton of power and it's too much even for the great track conditions. Capps gets to right after the 330 lights and Hight doesn't.

Left Lane: Bob Tasca III Runs 4.088/309.27, Now #8; Best prior run: 4.078/306.60, Was #8
Right Lane: John Force Runs 7.034/100.48, Now #1; Best prior run: 3.990/317.79, Was #1

A pair of Mustangs to wrap up qualifying.

One runs to the finish line and the other doesn't! Force leaves with a strong 0.875 sixty foot time and then drives into hard smoke before the 330 lights.

Tasca puts the power to the track and gets to the finish line with the header flames over the roof. His ET doesn't improve, so he will stay number eight, but he scores his best speed of the weekend.

5:27 p.m. Jeff Diehl is on the bump spot at 5.654.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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