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Sun, 22 Apr 2018, 17:30 PM

Funny Car Final, Round 4 Eliminations
By Bob Orme





BAYTOWN, Texas - Results of final, round 4 eliminations in Funny Car at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 31st annual NHRA SpringNationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    1 Robert Hight                          373 J.R. Todd                    
E4                   0.048  3.993 308.14     ****WINNER****  0.051  3.955 313.29
 Prior rounds:
E3    (J Beckman   ) 0.064  3.959 312.50      (T Wilkerson ) 0.056  4.017 309.06
E2    (J Lindberg  ) 0.073  3.950 310.84      (J Diehl     ) 0.090  3.985 309.70
E1    (T Simpson   ) 0.114  3.878 322.42      (T Johnson Jr) 0.051  3.955 321.73
 Qualified:             #1  3.894 317.27                       #10  3.989 308.85
4:19 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 75 degrees, relative humidity 52 percent, barometer 29.92 inches, adjusted altitude 1,710 feet, track temperature 111 degrees.

Hight has one runner-up finish this season. His overall won-loss record in final rounds is 41-24. Todd has one win this season. His overall won-loss record in final rounds is 12-10. He has three wins in Funny Car and no runner-up finishes. Hight is 4 - 0 against Todd in prior events and this is the first time they have faced each other in a final round.

They were close at the tree. Hight had the advantage at 60 feet, but Todd passed him just before 330 feet and pulled a little farther ahead at each increment. J.R. Todd wins two races in a row!

J.R. Todd's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.008), 330 ft(0.008), 660ft(0.023). MOV: 0.0353 seconds (approximately 16 feet).

Robert Hight's incremental times: 60ft-0.886 sec., 330ft-2.285, 660ft-3.214/276.69 mph. J.R. Todd's incremental times: 60ft-0.891 sec., 330ft-2.274, 660ft-3.188/282.36 mph.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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