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Sat, 21 Apr 2018, 18:13 PM

Funny Car Qualifying Notes, Final Session
By Bob Orme

BAYTOWN, Texas - Notes from final, round 4 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: Todd Simpson No Time, Now #14; Best prior run: 4.318/288.33, Was #14
Right Lane: Jim Campbell Runs 4.341/273.05, Now #16; Best prior run: 8.150/80.29, Was #18

4:36 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 76 degrees, relative humidity 73 percent, barometer 29.89 inches, adjusted altitude 2,030 feet, track temperature 88 degrees.

Simpson's engine went silent right after the hit. He rolled to a stop at 700 feet. Campbell was to the right of the groove for most of this pass, but he stayed on the throttle.

Left Lane: Del Worsham Runs 4.017/307.51, Now #11; Best prior run: 4.055/305.29, Was #12
Right Lane: John Force Runs 5.344/137.04, Now #18; Best prior run: 4.625/222.29, Was #18

Force was off the throttle at about 300 feet. The last time he DNQ'd was in 2008 at Charlotte. He had qualified 222 times in a row.

Worsham makes a clean pass and improves a little. Del Worsham's incremental times: 60ft-0.900 sec., 330ft-2.299, 660ft-3.238/273.11 mph.

Left Lane: Shawn Langdon Runs 3.994/297.94, Now #10; Best prior run: 4.023/311.34, Was #12
Right Lane: Richard Townsend Runs 4.026/308.99, Now #13; Best prior run: 4.523/192.58, Was #17

Career-best numbers for Townsend and he will be racing tomorrow. A solid pass by Langdon moves him up a couple spots.

Shawn Langdon's incremental times: 60ft-0.891 sec., 330ft-2.281, 660ft-3.211/277.60 mph.

Richard Townsend's incremental times: 60ft-0.904 sec., 330ft-2.300, 660ft-3.247/270.75 mph.

Left Lane: J.R. Todd Runs 3.989/308.85, Now #10; Best prior run: 4.004/306.40, Was #11
Right Lane: Ron Capps Runs 4.077/305.77, Now #14; Best prior run: 4.332/277.72, Was #16

Capps improves and moves up 2 spots. Todd makes a good pass and he moves up a spot for now.

J.R. Todd's incremental times: 60ft-0.888 sec., 330ft-2.290, 660ft-3.217/278.40 mph.

Ron Capps' incremental times: 60ft-0.879 sec., 330ft-2.310, 660ft-3.289/269.73 mph.

Left Lane: Tommy Johnson Jr. Runs 3.926/313.00, Now #5; Best prior run: 3.972/307.58, Was #9
Right Lane: Jack Beckman Runs 3.918/314.31, Now #3; Best prior run: 3.953/317.42, Was #7

This was a good looking drag race! Both drivers take it straight down the groove.

Tommy Johnson Jr.'s incremental times: 60ft-0.875 sec., 330ft-2.242, 660ft-3.156/278.86 mph.

Jack Beckman's incremental times: 60ft-0.872 sec., 330ft-2.234, 660ft-3.156/280.54 mph.

Left Lane: Tim Wilkerson Runs 3.925/311.41, Now #5; Best prior run: 3.968/309.13, Was #9
Right Lane: Bob Tasca III Runs 3.938/314.09, Now #8; Best prior run: 3.951/311.05, Was #8

Another good looking pair! A season's-best ET for Tasca, and Wilkerson moves into the top half of the field.

Tim Wilkerson's incremental times: 60ft-0.873 sec., 330ft-2.249, 660ft-3.161/280.49 mph.

Bob Tasca III's incremental times: 60ft-0.882 sec., 330ft-2.252, 660ft-3.171/280.37 mph.

Left Lane: Cruz Pedregon Runs 3.918/301.94, Now #4; Best prior run: 3.947/299.33, Was #9
Right Lane: Jonnie Lindberg Runs 3.941/310.48, Now #8; Best prior run: 3.927/316.52, Was #7

Lindberg was mixing up the cylinders right before the finish line. Pedregon's best pass of the weekend moves him into the top half of the field.

Cruz Pedregon's incremental times: 60ft-0.871 sec., 330ft-2.234, 660ft-3.146/281.66 mph.

Jonnie Lindberg's incremental times: 60ft-0.883 sec., 330ft-2.261, 660ft-3.175/282.01 mph.

Left Lane: Courtney Force Runs 3.948/313.58, Now #2; Best prior run: 3.911/295.14, Was #1
Right Lane: Robert Hight Runs 3.894/317.27, Now #1; Best prior run: 3.921/313.15, Was #5

Force makes a solid pass and Hight makes the quickest pass of the weekend. Hight moves around Force, into the top spot. This is his 1st number 1 qualifying position this season, his 2nd at this event, and the 58th time in his career.

Courtney Force's incremental times: 60ft-0.868 sec., 330ft-2.255, 660ft-3.180/277.94 mph.

Robert Hight's incremental times: 60ft-0.876 sec., 330ft-2.235, 660ft-3.140/285.47 mph.

Right Lane: Matt Hagan Runs 3.938/311.85, Now #3; Best prior run: 3.913/308.78, Was #3

Hagan adds another solid pass to this weekend's performance. Matt Hagan's incremental times: 60ft-0.884 sec., 330ft-2.249, 660ft-3.169/280.66 mph.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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