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Fri, 20 Apr 2018, 21:26 PM

Funny Car Qualifying Notes, Session #2
By Bob Orme

BAYTOWN, Texas - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Funny Car at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 31st annual NHRA SpringNationals 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: Jim Campbell No Time, Now #16; Best prior run: 8.750/73.79, Was #16
Right Lane: Todd Simpson No Time, Now #18; Best prior run: 14.805/62.31, Was #18

7:53 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 67 degrees, relative humidity 58 percent, barometer 30.07 inches, adjusted altitude 989 feet, track temperature 81 degrees.

Simpson's team couldn't the engine to fire.

Campbell struck the tires on the hit and he rolled to a stop on the track.

Left Lane: John Force Runs 4.625/222.29, Now #11; Best prior run: 8.333/81.84, Was #15
Right Lane: Courtney Force Runs 4.247/226.89, Now #10; Best prior run: 8.752/82.32, Was #17

John pedaled it at about 150 feet. Courtney was well to the left of the groove on the top half of the track.

Left Lane: Bob Tasca III Runs 3.951/311.05, Now #2; Best prior run: 6.979/88.97, Was #16
Right Lane: Tim Wilkerson Runs 5.210/159.78, Now #16; Best prior run: 5.624/169.55, Was #15

A good looking pass for Tasca and he moves to the number 2 spot in the order for now. Bob Tasca III's incremental times: 60ft-0.885 sec., 330ft-2.257, 660ft-3.182/277.60 mph.

Wilkerson pedaled it a couple times before half track.

Left Lane: Richard Townsend Runs 7.662/107.37, Now #15; Best prior run: 4.876/166.11, Was #15
Right Lane: Shawn Langdon Runs 4.874/156.61, Now #13; Best prior run: 4.801/180.67, Was #13

Both drivers lost traction early. Townsend didn't try to pedal it. Langdon did, but he was off the throttle at about 600 feet.

Left Lane: Ron Capps Runs 8.447/65.75, Now #14; Best prior run: 4.806/147.31, Was #14
Right Lane: Tommy Johnson Jr. Runs 8.731/78.73, Now #10; Best prior run: 4.157/242.76, Was #10

Both drivers lost traction at about 150 feet.

Left Lane: Jack Beckman Runs 8.909/74.34, Now #8; Best prior run: 4.065/266.27, Was #8
Right Lane: Del Worsham Runs 8.627/78.86, Now #7; Best prior run: 4.055/305.29, Was #7

This pair was identical to the last pair - both engines went silent at about 150 feet.

Left Lane: Jonnie Lindberg Runs 3.927/316.52, Now #2; Best prior run: 4.006/302.41, Was #5
Right Lane: J.R. Todd Runs 9.214/81.06, Now #6; Best prior run: 4.010/313.37, Was #6

Todd lost traction at about 150 feet.

Lindberg made a strong pass to move to the number 2 spot in the order for now. Jonnie Lindberg's incremental times: 60ft-0.870 sec., 330ft-2.246, 660ft-3.164/278.81 mph.

Left Lane: Matt Hagan Runs 3.913/308.78, Now #1; Best prior run: 3.984/298.40, Was #5
Right Lane: Cruz Pedregon No Time, Now #5; Best prior run: 3.963/299.53, Was #4

It looked like Pedregon timed out.

Hagan took it straight down the groove to move to the top spot in the order for now. Matt Hagan's incremental times: 60ft-0.872 sec., 330ft-2.220, 660ft-3.143/279.32 mph.

Left Lane: Robert Hight Runs 6.245/104.66, Now #2; Best prior run: 3.921/313.15, Was #2

Hight lost traction at about 200 feet.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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