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Sat, 11 Jul 2020, 13:15 PM

Funny Car Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By Rick Green





BROWNSBURG, Ind. - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Funny Car at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, Inaugural E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Nationals listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, and position in order following run:
Left Lane: Daniel Wilkerson Runs 4.194/256.80, Now #1
Right Lane: Mike McIntire Runs 4.425/199.11, Now #2

Weather conditions: air temperature 83 degrees, relative humidity 57 percent, barometer 28.99 inches, adjusted altitude 3,498 feet, track temperature 111 degrees.

Wilkerson is back in the car for the first time since Dallas 2017. He is straight down the groove and clicked it off early. Daniel Wilkerson's incremental times: 60ft-0.919 sec., 330ft-2.344, 660ft-3.326/262.18 mph.

McIntire is at his first race this season and his fourth of his career. He clicks it off early, but gets a number on the board.

Left Lane: Dale Creasy Jr. Runs 6.072/111.53, Now #3
Right Lane: Bob Bode No Time, Now #4

Creasy Jr. starts to rattle the tires early and clicks it off.

Bode as he is staging the car his chutes come out and the crew shuts him off.

Left Lane: Alex Miladinovich Runs 4.382/246.53, Now #3
Right Lane: Blake Alexander Runs 4.146/259.36, Now #1

Miladinovich is at his second race, he is straight down the groove and clicks it off early.

Alexander is on a good looking pass early and then starts to loose traction and clicks it off. He still goes to the number one spot. Blake Alexander's incremental times: 60ft-0.932 sec., 330ft-2.347, 660ft-3.292/271.24 mph.

Left Lane: Terry Haddock Runs 5.949/116.01, Now #6
Right Lane: Jim Campbell Runs 5.599/134.70, Now #5

Haddock started to rattle the tires early and clicked it off.

Campbell starts to lose traction early and clicks it off.

Left Lane: Cruz Pedregon Runs 4.098/294.75, Now #1
Right Lane: Paul Lee Runs 4.110/267.80, Now #2

Pedregon launched hard and kept it hooked up to go to the number one spot. Cruz Pedregon's incremental times: 60ft-0.898 sec., 330ft-2.303, 660ft-3.285/257.87 mph.

Lee was on a great pass until right in the lights when it started to mix up the cylinders. He still goes to the number two spot. Paul Lee's incremental times: 60ft-0.870 sec., 330ft-2.254, 660ft-3.225/254.57 mph.

Left Lane: J.R. Todd Runs 4.056/282.95, Now #2
Right Lane: Jonnie Lindberg Runs 3.987/318.24, Now #1

Todd is straight down the groove with a good looking pass. J.R. Todd's incremental times: 60ft-0.878 sec., 330ft-2.267, 660ft-3.229/264.44 mph.

Lindberg filling in for Bob Tasca as he has covid 19...he launched hard and kept it hooked up to go to the number one spot. Jonnie Lindberg's incremental times: 60ft-0.892 sec., 330ft-2.278, 660ft-3.224/272.56 mph.

Left Lane: Alexis DeJoria Runs 4.440/200.47, Now #10
Right Lane: Tim Wilkerson Runs 4.242/228.58, Now #7

DeJoria was on a good looking pass until it started to haze the tires and she clicked it off.

Wilkerson started to haze the tires on the top end and got over by the centerline before he clicked it off.

Left Lane: Matt Hagan Runs 4.107/276.69, Now #4
Right Lane: Ron Capps Runs 4.555/184.70, Now #12

Hagan with a good looking pass to go to the number four spot. Matt Hagan's incremental times: 60ft-0.884 sec., 330ft-2.298, 660ft-3.264/259.06 mph.

Capps starts to haze the tires on the top end and clicks it off.

Left Lane: Tommy Johnson Jr. Runs 3.983/317.72, Now #1
Right Lane: Jack Beckman Runs 4.972/153.49, Now #14

Johnson Jr. launched hard and kept it hooked and hitting on all eight to go to the number one spot. Tommy Johnson Jr.'s incremental times: 60ft-0.865 sec., 330ft-2.257, 660ft-3.215/268.87 mph.

Beckman started to lose traction just past 330 feet and clicked it off

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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