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Sat, 11 Jul 2020, 16:49 PM

Funny Car Qualifying Notes, Final Session
By Rick Green





BROWNSBURG, Ind. - Notes from final, round 2 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 this round, position in order following run, best prior elapsed time/speed, and position in order prior to run:
Left Lane: Bob Bode Runs 4.436/221.74, Now #13; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Dale Creasy Jr. Runs 4.317/235.43, Now #10; Best prior run: 6.072/111.53, Was #17

Weather conditions: air temperature 88 degrees, relative humidity 52 percent, barometer 28.96 inches, adjusted altitude 3,929 feet, track temperature 130 degrees.

Bode starts haze the tires around half track and then mixing up cylinders. He clicked it off, but gets in the show.

Creasy Jr. starts to lose traction a little further down the track and clicks it off. He gets in the show.

Left Lane: Jim Campbell Runs 4.905/167.72, Now #16; Best prior run: 5.599/134.70, Was #17
Right Lane: Terry Haddock Runs 5.073/153.51, Now #18; Best prior run: 5.949/116.01, Was #18

Campbell starts to smoke the tires around half track and clicks it off. He gets in the show on the bubble.

Haddock lost traction early and clicked it off, he will not get in the show.

Left Lane: Jack Beckman Runs 4.050/298.47, Now #3; Best prior run: 4.972/153.49, Was #17
Right Lane: Alexis DeJoria Runs 4.083/310.48, Now #5; Best prior run: 4.440/200.47, Was #14

This was a good looking side-by-side drag race.

Beckman launched hard and kept it hooked up to go to the number tree spot. Jack Beckman's incremental times: 60ft-0.888 sec., 330ft-2.285, 660ft-3.242/264.96 mph.

DeJoria was right there with him to go to the number five spot with a good looking pass. Alexis DeJoria's incremental times: 60ft-0.908 sec., 330ft-2.332, 660ft-3.302/267.69 mph.

Left Lane: Ron Capps No Time, Now #16; Best prior run: 4.555/184.70, Was #16
Right Lane: Alex Miladinovich Runs 11.997/47.87, Now #13; Best prior run: 4.382/246.53, Was #13

The clouds have move over Lucas Oil Raceway and it looks threaten toward the top end.

Capps did the burnout and after the burnout the car went silent. He will start from the number 16 spot. He will start Funny Car from the number 16th spot for only the eighth time and the last time was 2009 Chicago event.

Miladinovich lost traction right at the hit and clicked it off. He will start Sunday from the number 13 spot.

Left Lane: Mike McIntire Runs 4.970/160.58, Now #14; Best prior run: 4.425/199.11, Was #14

McIntire was scheduled to line up against Dan Wilkerson who decided to skip this session.

McIntire started to lose traction and clicked it off. He will start from the number 14 spot.

Left Lane: Tim Wilkerson Runs 4.168/254.47, Now #10; Best prior run: 4.242/228.58, Was #11
Right Lane: Matt Hagan Runs 4.090/289.07, Now #6; Best prior run: 4.107/276.69, Was #7

Wilkerson started to haze the tires on the top end, but still improves. He moves in front of his son to the number 10 spot.

Hagan kept it hooked up to move up the ladder one spot. Matt Hagan's incremental times: 60ft-0.885 sec., 330ft-2.292, 660ft-3.263/261.27 mph.

Left Lane: Blake Alexander Runs 5.850/117.35, Now #9; Best prior run: 4.146/259.36, Was #9
Right Lane: Cruz Pedregon Runs 4.097/304.53, Now #7; Best prior run: 4.098/294.75, Was #7

Alexander started to smoke the tires around 330 feet and clicked it off.

Pedregon with another good looking pass, he is a tick quicker than earlier today. He will stay in the number seven spot. Cruz Pedregon's incremental times: 60ft-0.904 sec., 330ft-2.309, 660ft-3.297/258.62 mph.

Left Lane: Paul Lee No Time, Now #8; Best prior run: 4.110/267.80, Was #8
Right Lane: J.R. Todd Runs 4.100/306.12, Now #4; Best prior run: 4.056/282.95, Was #4

Lee started to drift out of the groove and collected the top end cones. That is his first centerline violation of the year and will cost him five points.

Todd was straight down the groove with a good looking pass, the fifth quickest pass of the session. J.R. Todd's incremental times: 60ft-0.902 sec., 330ft-2.328, 660ft-3.308/264.39 mph.

Left Lane: Jonnie Lindberg Runs 4.032/316.01, Now #2; Best prior run: 3.987/318.24, Was #2
Right Lane: Tommy Johnson Jr. Runs 4.128/238.43, Now #1; Best prior run: 3.983/317.72, Was #1

Lindberg launched hard and kept it hooked up to make another great looking pass. He makes the quickest pass of the session.

Johnson was on a good looking pass until just after half track when he started to lose traction. He holds on to the number one spot for the first time this year and the 19th time in his career.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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