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Sat, 26 Sep 2020, 13:22 PM

Funny Car Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By Rick Green





GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Funny Car at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 51st annual Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, and position in order following run:
Right Lane: John Smith Runs 4.729/152.81, Now #1

Smith was what appeared like a good pass and then chute came out...

Left Lane: Dave Richards Runs 6.212/106.64, Now #2
Right Lane: Terry Haddock Runs 11.919/81.56, Now #3

Richards car went silent right off the starting line.

Haddock shook right at the hit and clicked it off.

Left Lane: Jim Campbell Runs 4.424/233.80, Now #2
Right Lane: Blake Alexander Runs 4.310/218.19, Now #1

Campbell was on a good pass early and then started to haze the tires and he clicked it off.

Alexander started to lose traction and he clicked it off just past the 1/8th mile mark.

Left Lane: Paul Lee Runs 4.108/291.07, Now #1
Right Lane: Cruz Pedregon Runs 4.174/245.99, Now #2

Lee was on a good pass until it started mixing up cylinders on the top end and he clicked it off. He still goes to the number one spot.

Pedregon started to haze the tires and clicked it off.

Left Lane: Alexis DeJoria Runs 4.974/152.43, Now #7
Right Lane: Tim Wilkerson Runs 4.003/318.47, Now #1

DeJoria started to smoke the tires around the 1/8th mile mark and clicked it off.

Wilkerson launched hard and kept it hooked up with the quickest pass of the day. Tim Wilkerson's incremental times: 60ft-0.887 sec., 330ft-2.287, 660ft-3.239/272.56 mph.

Left Lane: Bob Tasca III Runs 4.020/317.57, Now #2
Right Lane: Ron Capps Runs 4.025/309.27, Now #3

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

Tasca is straight down the groove with a good clean pass to go to the number two spot. Bob Tasca III's incremental times: 60ft-0.885 sec., 330ft-2.296, 660ft-3.252/270.75 mph.

Capps is right there with him to go to the number three spot. Ron Capps' incremental times: 60ft-0.881 sec., 330ft-2.270, 660ft-3.240/264.60 mph.

Left Lane: J.R. Todd Runs 4.107/308.64, Now #4
Right Lane: Tommy Johnson Jr. Runs 4.129/249.44, Now #6

Another pair of good passes.

Todd straight down the groove to the number four spot. J.R. Todd's incremental times: 60ft-0.899 sec., 330ft-2.337, 660ft-3.317/264.18 mph.

Johnson is right there with him to get into the top half of the show. Tommy Johnson Jr.'s incremental times: 60ft-0.879 sec., 330ft-2.268, 660ft-3.230/257.92 mph.

Left Lane: Matt Hagan Runs 4.006/315.64, Now #2
Right Lane: Jack Beckman Runs 4.123/254.18, Now #7

Hagan launched hard and kept it hooked up to go to the number two spot. Matt Hagan's incremental times: 60ft-0.889 sec., 330ft-2.281, 660ft-3.237/270.86 mph.

Beckman was right with him early on and then the car went silent. Jack Beckman's incremental times: 60ft-0.884 sec., 330ft-2.274, 660ft-3.239/259.56 mph.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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