Gainesville: Tony Bartone final summary

BARTONE HAS CAREER WEEKEND AT GATORNATIONALS GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 19) -- Tony Bartone had a career best weekend after resetting his low elapsed time in qualifying dropping it to 4.781 seconds in taking the No. 3 starting position on the...

BARTONE HAS CAREER WEEKEND AT GATORNATIONALS

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (March 19) -- Tony Bartone had a career best weekend after resetting his low elapsed time in qualifying dropping it to 4.781 seconds in taking the No. 3 starting position on the competitive Funny Car roster.

In his first round of eliminations, Bartone defeated Jim Head solidly after running a time of 4.813 seconds, 324.45 mph to his opponent's time of 4.992 seconds, 314.46 mph.

Against Ron Capps, his second round adversary, Bartone was determined to get his Lucas Oil -- Jim Dunn owned racing machine as much of a lead as possible off the starting line, but unfortunately the New York native saw red and lost to Capps with just a razor's edge shy of a perfect light. He was only seven-thousandths of a second away from a green light situation.

"We qualified great and ran the same on the opening lap," said a positive sounding Bartone. "Sometimes you can't wait to look for that green light. Sometimes the driver gets a little ahead of the car. I had a little bit of bad reaction time in the first round with Jim Head deep staging on me. I stumbled a little bit at the line and I wasn't going to let that happen twice. Anyway, we won a round, qualified good and we're on to the next one. We'll just try harder in Houston.

Bartone and the Jim Dunn Racing team is 14th overall in the NHRA POWERade Funny Car point standings following the completion of three NHRA Nationals

The next NHRA national event will be 19th annual running of the O'Reilly Spring Nationals slated to run on March 31 -- April 2 at the Houston Raceway Park.

-www.lucasoil.com

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jim Head , Tony Bartone , Ron Capps