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Sun, 10 Mar 2013, 15:23 PM

Nostalgia Funny Car Round 1 Eliminations
By David Gerard

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Nostalgia Funny Car at the NHRA Hot Rod Heritage Racing Series 2013, 55th Annual March Meet:

  736 Dan Horan Jr                         6006 Mark Sanders                 
E1                   0.179  5.803 254.04     ****WINNER****  0.155  5.765 251.53
 Qualified:             #7  5.851 239.02                       #10  5.884 249.12
11:09 a.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 60 degrees, relative humidity 59 percent, barometer 29.62 inches, adjusted altitude 571 feet, track temperature 66 degrees.

We finally have clear blue skies again and great racing conditions.

They leave close together and Sanders uses his starting line advantage to pull steadily ahead going down the track to take the win.

Horan runs better that his qualifying times, but can't match Sanders' improved pace.

Mark Sanders' incremental margins: 60ft(0.040), 330 ft(0.067), 660ft(0.070), 1,000ft(0.066). MOV: 0.0626 seconds (approximately 23 feet).

Dan Horan Jr's incremental times: 60ft-1.009 sec., 330ft-2.636, 660ft-3.868/201.40 mph, 1,000ft-4.918.
Mark Sanders' incremental times: 60ft-0.993 sec., 330ft-2.593, 660ft-3.822/199.82 mph, 1,000ft-4.876.

    1 Jason Rupert                          758 Rian Konno                   
E1   ****WINNER****  0.129  5.694 255.68                     0.131 11.572  67.27
 Qualified:             #1  5.702 254.47                       #16  6.021 243.72
Our number one qualifier, Rupert, comes to the line and runs the new low ET and top speed od the event for FC's, for an easy win.

Konno was just 0.002 behind him at the green, but slows after the 60 foot lights.

Jason Rupert's incremental times: 60ft-0.979 sec., 330ft-2.547, 660ft-3.769/201.46 mph, 1,000ft-4.814.

 3111 Chad Head                            7791 Will Martin                  
E1   ****WINNER****  0.104  5.752 253.09                     0.171  6.075 207.08
 Qualified:             #4  5.792 252.66                       #13  5.945 210.54
...and the hits keep coming.

Head gets a nice starting line advantage and runs better than his qualifying times to seal the easy win.

Martin chases until after mid-track and then lifts.

Chad Head's incremental times: 60ft-0.984 sec., 330ft-2.580, 660ft-3.809/200.92 mph, 1,000ft-4.863.

  496 John Hale                             520 Dennis La Charite            
E1   ****WINNER****  0.144  5.818 248.98                     0.111  5.950 245.72
 Qualified:             #5  5.823 245.49                       #12  5.907 245.72
LaCharite gets a small RT advantage, but Hale is out in front by the sixty foot lights and pulls ahead to the finish line. He runs his best times of the weekend too. He gives up lane choice to Head next round.

LaCharite gives it a valiant effort, buy slows just a little from his prior best.

John Hale's incremental margins: 60ft(0.011), 330 ft(0.041), 660ft(0.070), 1,000ft(0.088). MOV: 0.0997 seconds (approximately 36 feet).

John Hale's incremental times: 60ft-1.002 sec., 330ft-2.596, 660ft-3.846/197.45 mph, 1,000ft-4.914.
Dennis La Charite's incremental times: 60ft-1.046 sec., 330ft-2.670, 660ft-3.949/192.93 mph, 1,000ft-5.035.

  728 Ron Capps                             500 Garrett Bateman              
E1   ****WINNER****  0.137  5.838 244.92                     0.191  6.034 237.09
 Qualified:             #2  5.735 245.90                       #15  6.013 235.72
Capps' L.A. Hooker FC has been sold and is on its way to Australia after this weekend. Capps is ready at the green and starts a steady pull ahead to the finish line.

Bateman is ready, if Capps falters, but can't match the pace.

Ron Capps' incremental margins: 60ft(0.051), 330 ft(0.110), 660ft(0.167), 1,000ft(0.217). MOV: 0.2501 seconds (approximately 87 feet).

Ron Capps' incremental times: 60ft-1.019 sec., 330ft-2.627, 660ft-3.865/200.14 mph, 1,000ft-4.926.
Garrett Bateman's incremental times: 60ft-1.016 sec., 330ft-2.683, 660ft-3.978/189.87 mph, 1,000ft-5.089.

Sanders will have lane choice over Capps in round two.

  700 Steve Densham                         792 Roger Garten                 
E1                         No Time           ****WINNER****  0.172  5.975 245.72
 Qualified:             #3  5.757 247.38                       #14  5.975 245.09
Densham has engine problems and Garten gets a free pass to the next round. He matches his qualifying numbers.

Roger Garten's incremental times: 60ft-1.005 sec., 330ft-2.670, 660ft-3.973/193.74 mph, 1,000ft-5.061.

  750 Del Worsham                           709 James Day                    
E1   ****WINNER****  0.076  5.775 250.46                     0.085  6.080 221.74
 Qualified:             #6  5.851 248.71                       #11  5.887 246.48
Worsham gets a small advantage off the line and stretches it out for an easy win. Looks like more carnage in the lights for Worsham. He has lane choice over Garten later today.

Day chases to after the 660 lights and then slows.

Del Worsham's incremental margins: 60ft(0.038), 330 ft(0.061), 660ft(0.133), 1,000ft(0.217). MOV: 0.3145 seconds (more than 100 feet).

Del Worsham's incremental times: 60ft-1.002 sec., 330ft-2.592, 660ft-3.825/200.38 mph, 1,000ft-4.880.
James Day's incremental times: 60ft-1.031 sec., 330ft-2.644, 660ft-3.949/187.42 mph, 1,000ft-5.088.

  666 Tim Boychuk                          7495 Robert Overholser            
E1   ****WINNER****  0.154  5.753 252.43                     0.101  5.858 246.30
 Qualified:             #8  5.852 240.25                        #9  5.869 243.15
Overholser gets a good starting line advantage and holds on to the lead until right after the 660 lights.

Boychuk finds the tune up and picks up over a tenth on his qualifying best to drive on by for the win.

Tim Boychuk's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.030), 330 ft(-0.043), 660ft(-0.008), 1,000ft(0.026). MOV: 0.0528 seconds (approximately 19 feet).

Tim Boychuk's incremental times: 60ft-0.998 sec., 330ft-2.600, 660ft-3.823/202.48 mph, 1,000ft-4.867.
Robert Overholser's incremental times: 60ft-1.021 sec., 330ft-2.610, 660ft-3.868/196.02 mph, 1,000ft-4.946.

11:33 a.m. Rupert will have lane choice next round.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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