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1997 Gatornationals Top Fuel Funny Car Qualifying >From the Prodigy Auto Racing BB & Newsgroup Friday-Session 1 - Funny Car -Left lane first- 1997 NHRA MAC Tools Gatornationals by Joe and Diana ...

1997 Gatornationals Top Fuel Funny Car Qualifying

>From the Prodigy Auto Racing BB & Newsgroup

Friday-Session 1 - Funny Car              -Left lane first- 
1997 NHRA MAC Tools Gatornationals by Joe and Diana         
                                                            
Number    Driver               R/T           E.T.   Speed   
F/C  395  GARY BOLGER                       20.021   33.87  
F/C    2  TONY PEDREGON                      5.128  296.54  
   Bolger immediately up in smoke and takes his time        
   coasting down the track                                  
F/C  520  TOM HOOVER                        13.586   69.63  
F/C    7  DEL WORSHAM                        5.195  285.08  
   Hoover smokes em at the launch                           
   .                                                        
F/C    5  CHUCK ETCHELLS                     5.574  217.65  
F/C    4  AL HOFMANN                         5.102  301.70  
   Hofmann blisters to the number one spot as the track     
   still shows it can carry the big numbers                 
F/C   28  RON CAPPS                          5.232  287.53  
F/C  305  DEAN SKUZA                         5.060  290.04  
   Outstanding run by Skuza to Number one position          
   .                                                        
F/C    3  CRUZ PEDREGON                      5.800  285.26* 
F/C  209  WHIT BAZEMORE                      5.422  295.66  
   Cruz peddled through some tire shake to a not-so         
   exciting run                                             
F/C   10  GARY DENSHAM                       5.057  286.53* 
F/C    8  KENJI OKAZAKI                      9.975   85.94  
   Kenji shakes 'em and turns 'em and shuts off at 300'     
   as Densham turns a strong lap                            
F/C  217  FREDDIE NEELY                     15.466   71.50  
F/C  700  RANDY ANDERSON                     5.019  290.51  
   Randy holds the Number one spot for now, but guess       
   who is staged next?                                      
F/C    1  JOHN FORCE                         5.148  299.60* 
F/C    6  MARK OSWALD                        6.918  132.70  
   Not a great run but a decent run and Randy keeps         
   the Number one spot of the first session                 
F/C  347  TIM WILKERSON                      5.026  282.92* 
      single                                                
   Good for Number two as he lost left cylinders at the     
   finish                                                   
Funny Car Qualifying List After Session 1, Friday           
1997 NHRA MAC Tools Gatornationals by Joe and Diana         
Pos Name                 Number     E.T.  Speed  When       
  1 RANDY ANDERSON       F/C  700   5.019 290.51  Fri1      
  2 TIM WILKERSON        F/C  347   5.026 282.92  Fri1      
  3 GARY DENSHAM         F/C   10   5.057 286.53  Fri1      
  4 DEAN SKUZA           F/C  305   5.060 290.04  Fri1      
  5 AL HOFMANN           F/C    4   5.102 301.70  Fri1      
  6 TONY PEDREGON        F/C    2   5.128 296.54  Fri1      
  7 JOHN FORCE           F/C    1   5.148 299.60  Fri1      
  8 DEL WORSHAM          F/C    7   5.195 285.08  Fri1      
  9 RON CAPPS            F/C   28   5.232 287.53  Fri1      
 10 WHIT BAZEMORE        F/C  209   5.422 295.66  Fri1      
 11 CHUCK ETCHELLS       F/C    5   5.574 217.65  Fri1      
 12 CRUZ PEDREGON        F/C    3   5.800 285.26  Fri1      
 13 MARK OSWALD          F/C    6   6.918 132.70  Fri1      
 14 KENJI OKAZAKI        F/C    8   9.975  85.94  Fri1      
 15 TOM HOOVER           F/C  520  13.586  69.63  Fri1      
 16 FREDDIE NEELY        F/C  217  15.466  71.50  Fri1      
 17 GARY BOLGER          F/C  395  20.021  33.87  Fri1      
Friday-Session 2 - Funny Car              -Left lane first- 
1997 NHRA MAC Tools Gatornationals by Joe and Diana         
                                                            
Number    Driver               R/T           E.T.   Speed   
F/C    4  AL HOFMANN                         5.073  297.32* 
F/C  395  GARY BOLGER                       15.595   46.46  
   Bolger boils the tires as he launches and Hofmann        
   runs strong but doesn't improve                          
F/C  305  DEAN SKUZA                         5.032  303.74* 
F/C  520  TOM HOOVER                         5.180  279.58  
   Skuza lays down top speed of the event and moves up      
   spot to number 3 for now                                 
F/C  711  RAY HIGLEY                         5.398  204.59  
F/C    5  CHUCK ETCHELLS                     5.137  285.98  
   Etchells moves up to number 7 with a little smoke from   
   the engine at half track through the lights              
F/C  209  WHIT BAZEMORE                      9.717   60.90  
F/C   28  RON CAPPS                          5.141  294.88  
   Whit shuts it off at half-track as he started to get     
   out of shape, Capps drives through the finish            
F/C    8  KENJI OKAZAKI                      5.048  299.20* 
F/C    3  CRUZ PEDREGON                      5.231  280.81  
   Cruz drives through some tire shake and Kenji drove      
   from 16th to 4th qualifying spot so far                  
F/C  700  RANDY ANDERSON                     5.094  272.31* 
F/C  217  FREDDIE NEELY                     12.735   75.95  
   Neely smokes the tires at 60 feet, isn't qualified,      
   Randy keeps the number one spot as he looses cylinders   
F/C    6  MARK OSWALD                        9.660   82.75  
F/C    1  JOHN FORCE                         5.006  294.69  
   John takes the number one spot from Randy Anderson       
   with a very nice, strong, straight run                   
F/C  850  NORM WILDING                       5.443  272.14* 
F/C  725  BOBBY BALDWIN                     10.393   77.12  
   Norman qualifies for the moment on the bump, Baldwin     
   shut it off when he got close to the right wall          
F/C    2  TONY PEDREGON                      5.072  291.54* 
      single                                                
   Tony expired the motor at 800 feet but still moved up    
   to the seventh spot for now                              
F/C    7  DEL WORSHAM                        5.253  267.06* 
F/C  222  PAUL SMITH                         5.245  287.26  
   Del lifted a little early when his front wheel started   
   taking him into the center line                          
Funny Car Qualifying List After Session 2, Friday           
1997 NHRA MAC Tools Gatornationals by Joe and Diana         
Pos Name                 Number     E.T.  Speed  When       
  1 JOHN FORCE           F/C    1   5.006 294.69  Fri2      
  2 RANDY ANDERSON       F/C  700   5.019 290.51  Fri1      
  3 TIM WILKERSON        F/C  347   5.026 282.92  Fri1      
  4 DEAN SKUZA           F/C  305   5.032 303.74  Fri2      
  5 KENJI OKAZAKI        F/C    8   5.048 299.20  Fri2      
  6 GARY DENSHAM         F/C   10   5.057 286.53  Fri1      
  7 TONY PEDREGON        F/C    2   5.072 291.54  Fri2      
  8 AL HOFMANN           F/C    4   5.073 297.32  Fri2      
  9 CHUCK ETCHELLS       F/C    5   5.137 285.98  Fri2      
 10 RON CAPPS            F/C   28   5.141 294.88  Fri2      
 11 TOM HOOVER           F/C  520   5.180 279.58  Fri2      
 12 DEL WORSHAM          F/C    7   5.195 285.08  Fri1      
 13 CRUZ PEDREGON        F/C    3   5.231 280.81  Fri2      
 14 RAY HIGLEY           F/C  711   5.398 204.59  Fri2      
 15 WHIT BAZEMORE        F/C  209   5.422 295.66  Fri1      
 16 NORM WILDING         F/C  850   5.443 272.14  Fri2      
 17 MARK OSWALD          F/C    6   6.918 132.70  Fri1      
 18 BOBBY BALDWIN        F/C  725  10.393  77.12  Fri2      
 19 FREDDIE NEELY        F/C  217  12.735  75.95  Fri2      
 20 GARY BOLGER          F/C  395  15.595  46.46  Fri2      
 21 PAUL SMITH           F/C  222   Disqualified            
Saturday-Session 1 - Funny Car            -Left lane first- 
1997 NHRA MAC Tools Gatornationals by Joe and Diana         
                                                            
Number    Driver               R/T           E.T.   Speed   
F/C  209  WHIT BAZEMORE                      7.798  115.10  
F/C    5  CHUCK ETCHELLS                     5.140  298.21  
   Whit smokes the tires twice then finally backed off      
   the throttle                                             
F/C    8  KENJI OKAZAKI                      9.650   90.77* 
      single                                                
   Kenji shut it off after tire shake, Capps' crew shut     
   .                                                        
F/C  700  RANDY ANDERSON                     5.019  306.64* 
F/C    3  CRUZ PEDREGON                     10.015   82.75  
   Terrific run by Randy, Cruz shuts it off after tire      
   shaking. Top speed of the event for Randy by 3 mph       
F/C    6  MARK OSWALD                        5.418  208.57* 
F/C   10  GARY DENSHAM                      12.074   84.30  
   Mark ran on 7 cylinders and Densham smoked the tires     
   violently at 60 feet                                     
F/C  850  NORM WILDING                       5.865  184.76  
F/C  217  FREDDIE NEELY                      5.246  284.09  
   Big explosion and fire at 1000 feet by Wilding,          
   brought car to a stop and he's ok.                       
F/C    2  TONY PEDREGON                      5.098   51.81* 
F/C    1  JOHN FORCE                         5.181  242.58  
   Tony shows the boss something ...:) No qualifying        
   positions changed though                                 
F/C    7  DEL WORSHAM                        5.795  169.58  
F/C  347  TIM WILKERSON                      5.119  271.57  
   Del lost a blower belt and slowed at the lights          
   .                                                        
F/C    4  AL HOFMANN                         4.992  304.87* 
      single                                                
   Mr. Hofmann shows them ALL how it's done as he rockets   
   into the number one spot for now                         
F/C  305  DEAN SKUZA                         5.076  303.23* 
F/C  395  GARY BOLGER                        5.267  276.32  
   Another '0 for Skuza, very consistent                    
   .                                                        
F/C  520  TOM HOOVER                         5.270   N/A  * 
F/C  711  RAY HIGLEY                         5.369   N/A    
   Higley had a fire at the top end, safety safari helps    
   him from the car, he seems ok                            

Funny Car Qualifying List After Session 1, Saturday 1997 NHRA MAC Tools Gatornationals by Joe and Diana Pos Name Number E.T. Speed When 1 AL HOFMANN F/C 4 4.992 304.87 Sat1 2 JOHN FORCE F/C 1 5.006 294.69 Fri2 3 RANDY ANDERSON F/C 700 5.019 306.64 Sat1 4 TIM WILKERSON F/C 347 5.026 282.92 Fri1 5 DEAN SKUZA F/C 305 5.032 303.74 Fri2 6 KENJI OKAZAKI F/C 8 5.048 299.20 Fri2 7 GARY DENSHAM F/C 10 5.057 286.53 Fri1 8 TONY PEDREGON F/C 2 5.072 291.54 Fri2 9 CHUCK ETCHELLS F/C 5 5.137 285.98 Fri2 10 RON CAPPS F/C 28 5.141 294.88 Fri2 11 TOM HOOVER F/C 520 5.180 279.58 Fri2 12 DEL WORSHAM F/C 7 5.195 285.08 Fri1 13 CRUZ PEDREGON F/C 3 5.231 280.81 Fri2 14 PAUL SMITH F/C 222 5.245 287.26 Fri2 15 FREDDIE NEELY F/C 217 5.246 284.09 Sat1 16 GARY BOLGER F/C 395 5.267 276.32 Sat1 17 RAY HIGLEY F/C 711 5.369 N/A Sat1 18 MARK OSWALD F/C 6 5.418 208.57 Sat1 19 WHIT BAZEMORE F/C 209 5.422 295.66 Fri1 20 NORM WILDING F/C 850 5.443 272.14 Fri2 21 BOBBY BALDWIN F/C 725 10.393 77.12 Fri2

Saturday-Session 2 - Funny Car            -Left lane first- 
1997 NHRA MAC Tools Gatornationals by Joe and Diana         
                                                            
Number    Driver               R/T           E.T.   Speed   
F/C    3  CRUZ PEDREGON                      4.965  308.64* 
F/C    6  MARK OSWALD                        5.144  298.11  
   Cruz blasts to the number one position with  a power     
   run through the lights!                                  
F/C  217  FREDDIE NEELY                      5.194  289.38  
F/C    2  TONY PEDREGON                      5.074  291.07  
   Neely improves to number 14, Tony retains number 9       
   .                                                        
F/C    1  JOHN FORCE                         6.111  149.95  
F/C    7  DEL WORSHAM                        5.224  268.57  
   Force loses the burst plate and hood hatch as he goes    
   through the 1000' mark, blower let loose                 
F/C  725  BOBBY BALDWIN                      8.936   92.63  
F/C    4  AL HOFMANN                         5.007  303.95  
   Baldwin car was puking raw fuel out of the right-side    
   cylinder banks all the way down the track.               
F/C  222  PAUL SMITH                         5.476  236.46* 
F/C  305  DEAN SKUZA                        11.030   78.96  
   Smith doesn't make the show, Dean lifts at 330' after    
   the tires started dancing, Dean keeps 6th spot for now   
F/C  395  GARY BOLGER                       12.478   N/A    
F/C  209  WHIT BAZEMORE                      5.291  299.30  
   Whit had to peddle once and it cost him the show.        
   Gary is on the bump for now. Whit is no. 1 alternate     
F/C  520  TOM HOOVER                         5.300  239.80  
F/C  700  RANDY ANDERSON                     5.024  300.20  
   Both cars started spitting fire from the headers         
   through the lights, both are qualified                   
F/C    5  CHUCK ETCHELLS                     5.306  223.71* 
      single                                                
   Chuck shut it off as a lot of fuel started spewing       
   from the headers. He's in spot 10 for now                
F/C   28  RON CAPPS                         11.259   79.37* 
      single                                                
   Tire Shake, Tire Smoke, Shut Off - Qualified No. 11      
   .                                                        
Funny Car Qualifying List After Session 2, Saturday         
1997 NHRA MAC Tools Gatornationals by Joe and Diana         
Pos Name                 Number     E.T.  Speed  When       
  1 CRUZ PEDREGON        F/C    3   4.965 308.64   Sat2     
  2 AL HOFMANN           F/C    4   4.992 304.87   Sat1     
  3 JOHN FORCE           F/C    1   5.006 294.69  Fri2      
  4 RANDY ANDERSON       F/C  700   5.019 306.64   Sat1     
  5 TIM WILKERSON        F/C  347   5.026 282.92  Fri1      
  6 DEAN SKUZA           F/C  305   5.032 303.74  Fri2      
  7 KENJI OKAZAKI        F/C    8   5.048 299.20  Fri2      
  8 GARY DENSHAM         F/C   10   5.057 286.53  Fri1      
  9 TONY PEDREGON        F/C    2   5.072 291.54  Fri2      
 10 CHUCK ETCHELLS       F/C    5   5.137 285.98  Fri2      
 11 RON CAPPS            F/C   28   5.141 294.88  Fri2      
 12 MARK OSWALD          F/C    6   5.144 298.11   Sat2     
 13 TOM HOOVER           F/C  520   5.180 279.58  Fri2      
 14 FREDDIE NEELY        F/C  217   5.194 289.38   Sat2     
 15 DEL WORSHAM          F/C    7   5.195 285.08  Fri1      
 16 GARY BOLGER          F/C  395   5.267 276.32   Sat1     
 17 WHIT BAZEMORE        F/C  209   5.291 299.30   Sat2     
 18 RAY HIGLEY           F/C  711   5.369  N/A     Sat1     
 19 NORM WILDING         F/C  850   5.443 272.14  Fri2      
 20 PAUL SMITH           F/C  222   5.476 236.46  Fri2      
 21 BOBBY BALDWIN        F/C  725   8.936  92.63   Sat2     

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