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Sat, 17 Mar 2018, 13:41 PM

Funny Car Qualifying Notes, Session #3
By Dave Rowe

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Notes from round 3 qualifying in Funny Car at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 49th annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals 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: Jonnie Lindberg Runs 9.482/77.80, Now #17; Best prior run: 9.393/80.65, Was #17
Right Lane: Bob Tasca III Runs 3.989/314.02, Now #10; Best prior run: 3.989/317.79, Was #10

1:10 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 76 degrees, relative humidity 37 percent, barometer 29.83 inches, adjusted altitude 1,726 feet, track temperature 110 degrees.

Lindberg goes up in smoke at the hit, pedals once, then gives up on the run. Tasca goes right down the groove with a decent pass but he doesn't improve.

Left Lane: Jim Campbell Runs 6.815/82.61, Now #16; Best prior run: 5.693/125.75, Was #15
Right Lane: Gary Densham Runs 4.660/178.31, Now #15; Best prior run: 6.051/136.93, Was #16

Campbell hits the throttle and starts rattling the tires. The chutes deploy, he gets about 500 feet out and strikes the tires. Densham gets about 400 feet out, loses traction and gives up on the run.

Left Lane: Tim Wilkerson Runs 9.323/82.46, Now #11; Best prior run: 4.004/315.05, Was #11
Right Lane: John Force Runs 4.599/158.17, Now #14; Best prior run: 4.315/194.27, Was #14

Both Wilkerson and Force have had boomers this weekend, Wilkerson having to change the chassis, Force needing a new body.

Wilkerson hits the throttle and goes up in smoke. Force leaves the line, gets to half track and the chutes come out.

Left Lane: Del Worsham Runs 4.001/318.39, Now #9; Best prior run: 3.979/325.14, Was #9
Right Lane: Cruz Pedregon Runs 4.084/290.26, Now #12; Best prior run: 4.241/215.62, Was #13

Worsham goes right down the roove with a good pass but he doesn't improve. Pedregon put out a cylinder on the right side late in the run, he starts drifting toward the wall, but he hangs on and makes his quickest pass of the weekend.

Left Lane: Ron Capps Runs 3.944/325.06, Now #7; Best prior run: 3.972/322.73, Was #8
Right Lane: Shawn Langdon Runs 6.346/107.33, Now #4; Best prior run: 3.926/327.03, Was #4

Langdon hits the throttle, gets about 300 feet out and hazes the tires. Capps goes right down the groove with his quickest pass of the weekend and moves up a spot in the order. his chutes don't deploy but he is able to slow the car enough to make the turn at the end of the track.

Left Lane: J.R. Todd Runs 4.841/164.23, Now #8; Best prior run: 3.962/326.40, Was #8
Right Lane: Robert Hight Runs 6.110/110.11, Now #3; Best prior run: 3.917/333.66, Was #3

Hight gets about 300 feet out, strikes the tires and backs off the throttle. Todd makes a move toward the centerline about 300 feet out and he backs off the throttle.

Left Lane: Matt Hagan Runs 5.064/149.51, Now #6; Best prior run: 3.941/328.22, Was #6
Right Lane: Courtney Force Runs 4.444/200.98, Now #2; Best prior run: 3.914/327.66, Was #2

Hagan gets about 300 feet out, starts shaking the tires, then backs off the throttle. Force gets a little further, hazes the tires and gives up on the run.

Left Lane: Tommy Johnson Jr. Runs 5.494/127.07, Now #5; Best prior run: 3.933/327.27, Was #5
Right Lane: Jack Beckman Runs 4.025/316.15, Now #1; Best prior run: 3.911/332.18, Was #1

Johnson gets about 300 feet out, strikes the tires and backs off the throttle. beckman goes right down the groove with a good pass but he doesn't improve.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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