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Sat, 2 Sep 2000, 02:42 PM

INDY - Funny Car Qualifying Notes, Session #2
By Darryl Jackman

CLERMONT, Ind. - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Funny Car at the 46th annual U.S. 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:

Right Lane: Bob Weickgenannt Runs 7.091/180.84, Now #18; Best prior run: 9.625/84.44, Was #21

12:45 PM-The Top Fuel cars are done with their first session so it's time for the Fuel Coupes. Weickgenannt will open the session with a right lane single. It looked ugly and it sounded worse. The engine rpm never came up after the car launched. Sounded like a possible timer failure

Left Lane: Dale Creasy Jr. Runs 10.090/83.68, Now #23; No Prior Run
Right Lane: John Lawson Runs 11.965/86.46, Now #21; Best prior run: 8.962/88.58, Was #21

Creasy lost a run last night when the 1000 foot on numbers looked impossible compared to the early numbers. Hence, the run was disallowed. Lawson spun the tires right at the hit and his run was over. Creasy got to about the 150 foot mark before he suffered the same fate. The temperature is 87 degrees and there is 57% humidity. The clouds are beginning to build.

Right Lane: Whit Bazemore Runs 13.195/68.11, Now #20; Best prior run: 7.566/106.14, Was #20

Whit didn't move two feet before he was up in smoke. This is a tough tune up for these short wheelbase cars.

Left Lane: Jerry Toliver Runs 11.538/76.62, Now #19; Best prior run: 7.095/121.19, Was #19
Right Lane: Scotty Cannon Runs 5.210/269.56, Now #8; Best prior run: 6.198/145.55, Was #15

A fun match up here with Toliver and Cannon. Cannon was on and off the throttle all the way to the finish. I counted no less than three partial lifts before he crossed the line. Toliver started with some tire smoke, then a yellow cloud of nitro fumes erupted and mixed with it. Another aborted run for the WWF car.

Left Lane: Del Worsham Runs 13.589/71.99, Now #17; Best prior run: 6.712/128.24, Was #17
Right Lane: Jim Epler Runs 5.067/295.98, Now #5; Best prior run: 6.083/149.96, Was #15

Epler had a pedal job in the right lane as he was forced to lift just before half track. Worsham was smoking the tires before the tree.

Left Lane: Dean Skuza Runs 6.947/128.80, Now #16; Best prior run: 6.227/147.04, Was #16
Right Lane: Scott Weis Runs 5.929/165.90, Now #12; Best prior run: 5.464/217.00, Was #12

Skuza tried to pedal the car but it was was not going to help on this one. The smoke started as soon as he got back on the throttle. Weis tried to pedal in the other lane but had the same result as Skuza.

Left Lane: Al Hofmann Runs 5.968/185.89, Now #15; Best prior run: 5.993/143.17, Was #15
Right Lane: Tim Wilkerson Runs 10.024/81.24, Now #10; Best prior run: 5.244/249.16, Was #10

You can only say 'pedal' and 'lift' and 'smoke' so many time before it gets boring. Well, I'm still looking for another set of words. Both cars 'blazed the Goodyears' before half track. Fire the next pair! To add insult to injury it appears that Hofmann oiled done the left lane. That'll make Dunn real happy.

Left Lane: Cruz Pedregon Runs 5.863/168.09, Now #14; Best prior run: 5.795/171.53, Was #14
Right Lane: Bruce Sarver Runs 5.986/162.08, Now #8; Best prior run: 5.169/283.85, Was #8

1:16 PM-We were down about ten minutes for the clean up and the call goes out to fire them up. Well, clouds of nitro and clouds of smoke, again.

Left Lane: Ron Capps Runs 5.192/244.83, Now #9; Best prior run: 5.665/171.49, Was #13
Right Lane: Tony Pedregon Runs 5.188/229.43, Now #6; Best prior run: 5.152/254.42, Was #6

This was one of the better pairs in the session. Neither driver was under power through the lights but they did make it to around 900 feet before they began to haze the tires. Pedregon was bouncing around quite a bit in the right lane.

Left Lane: Gary Densham Runs 5.192/276.07, Now #9; Best prior run: 5.327/277.37, Was #12
Right Lane: Cory Lee Runs 9.809/79.87, Now #4; Best prior run: 5.013/310.91, Was #4

Densham has been down many a track and some surely have been more difficult than this one. Gary stayed with it all the way and only had haze off the tires from 1100 feet on. Lee aborted the run about 300 feet off the line.

Left Lane: Cristen Powell Runs 5.044/293.86, Now #5; Best prior run: 5.168/236.38, Was #7
Right Lane: Frank Pedregon Runs 5.001/303.91, Now #3; Best prior run: 5.010/300.33, Was #3

Cristen and her crew changed bodies from the session yesterday evening and they are now sporting the Camaro body. More down force? What ever the reason the Big Fish dined on this race track. She would have had the quickest run of the session but Pedregon was setting quick time in the other lane. Not a hint of smoke out of either vehicle.

Left Lane: Tommy Johnson Jr. Runs 5.854/165.27, Now #1; Best prior run: 4.963/301.27, Was #1
Right Lane: John Force Runs 5.164/274.78, Now #2; Best prior run: 4.976/305.63, Was #2

Last evening's two top cars meet here to finish out the session. Johnson was ahead of Force at every interval until raw fuel came out of the pipes, an indication that the blower belt had parted company with the engine. Force's ride just seemed a bit flat in the other lane. Towards the end of the run it appeared that he killed the fire in a couple of cylinders.

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