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Fri, 07 Feb 2020, 16:41 PM

Funny Car Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By David Gerard

POMONA, Calif. - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Funny Car at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 60th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Winternationals presented by listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, and position in order following run:
Right Lane: Alex Miladinovich Runs 7.359/91.61, Now #1

12:46 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 69 degrees, relative humidity 36 percent, barometer 28.96 inches, adjusted altitude 2,169 feet, track temperature 100 degrees.

This is Miladinovich's first national event pass.

He leaves hard and runs about 100 feet or so before lifting and coasting on down.

Left Lane: Alexis DeJoria Runs 4.048/284.93, Now #1
Right Lane: Steven Densham Runs 4.504/197.57, Now #2

This is DeJoria's first event in her return to Funny Car driving after two years. She is now sponsored by RoKit Phones. and ABK Beer.

Densham's Mustang hooks a tire in the burnout and turns the car sideways. He has the knowledge and skill to get it quickly back under control.

They leave together and run to about the 330 lights where they both drop a hole on the left bank. They both run on down the track, but DeJoria's Camry pushes out the head gaskets and puts some oil on the track before the lights. This will be first Professional five point oil penality of the year.

Alexis DeJoria's incremental times: 60ft-0.880 sec., 330ft-2.282, 660ft-3.243/268.87 mph.
Steven Densham's incremental times: 60ft-0.879 sec., 330ft-2.320, 660ft-3.374/216.72 mph.

12:51 p.m. The scrubber and sweepers are out on the track in the left lane.

Left Lane: Jim Campbell Runs 4.930/173.76, Now #3
Right Lane: Paul Lee Runs 11.417/72.82, Now #5

1:04 p.m. Back to qualifying.

Lee's Charger kicks the slicks loose right off the line.

Campbell has his Charger start to hunt around in his lane and he is coasting around the 660 lights.

Left Lane: Cruz Pedregon No Time, Now #8
Right Lane: Tim Wilkerson Runs 3.951/322.73, Now #1

A new Snap-On wrap on Pedregon's Charger. There are problems after the burnout and the crew has to push him away.

Great looking pass for Wilkerson to run the first three second pass of the season.

Tim Wilkerson's incremental times: 60ft-0.878 sec., 330ft-2.271, 660ft-3.203/277.83 mph.

Left Lane: Tommy Johnson Jr. Runs 3.905/318.02, Now #1
Right Lane: J.R. Todd Runs 3.950/327.51, Now #2

Side by side to the finish line!

They leave with identical RT's and run right together all the way to the finish line.

TJ gets there first and Todd nips Wilkerson's time by just 0.001 to take the #2 spot. Very nice!

Tommy Johnson Jr.'s incremental times: 60ft-0.863 sec., 330ft-2.228, 660ft-3.148/279.27 mph.
J.R. Todd's incremental times: 60ft-0.879 sec., 330ft-2.268, 660ft-3.203/276.41 mph.

Left Lane: Ron Capps Runs 8.540/83.02, Now #9
Right Lane: Bob Tasca III Runs 4.182/233.96, Now #5

Capps's team wasn't able to participate in the preseason testing at LVMS, as a trailer fire damaged a lot of their equipment.

Tasca runs hard to near the 660 lights, where the engine drops several cylinders and then suffers a BIG BOOMER that splits the body at the front of the engine.

Capps' Charger drove right into shake and spin at the green.

Bob Tasca III's incremental times: 60ft-0.874 sec., 330ft-2.254, 660ft-3.222/251.49 mph.

1:15 p.m. The Safety Safari has some problem getting the body loose on the Mustang and off the track.

Left Lane: John Force Runs 4.130/302.28, Now #6
Right Lane: Matt Hagan Runs 3.867/331.20, Now #1

1:23 p.m. Back to qualifying.

Hagan powers off the line and flies on the track to take over the top spot with a big speed.

Force was chasing hard and was slightly quicker to 60 feet, but had to do a quick pedal slap right before the 660 lights and that cost him some ET.

John Force's incremental times: 60ft-0.857 sec., 330ft-2.265, 660ft-3.321/251.67 mph.
Matt Hagan's incremental times: 60ft-0.858 sec., 330ft-2.219, 660ft-3.131/283.73 mph.

Left Lane: Jack Beckman Runs 3.868/326.95, Now #2
Right Lane: Robert Hight Runs 3.890/330.31, Now #3

A nice pair of side by side passes to wrap up the session.

Beckman was away first runs strong to the finish line to slide right in behind his teammate, Hagan, for the number two spot. He is just 0.001 slower than Hagan's ET!

Hight was chasing hard and had close incrementals to the finish line for number three.

Jack Beckman's incremental times: 60ft-0.854 sec., 330ft-2.221, 660ft-3.129/286.50 mph.
Robert Hight's incremental times: 60ft-0.876 sec., 330ft-2.246, 660ft-3.155/284.93 mph.

1:30 p.m. Matt Hagan is number one at 3.867 and no bump spot yet.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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