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>From the Prodigy Auto Racing BB and @Speed reporters Friday-Session 1 - Funny Car -Left lane first- 1997 NHRA Matco Tools Nationals by Glenn & Theresa Number ...

>From the Prodigy Auto Racing BB and @Speed reporters Friday-Session 1 - Funny Car -Left lane first- 1997 NHRA Matco Tools Nationals by Glenn & Theresa Number Driver R/T E.T. Speed F/C 700 RANDY ANDERSON 0.546 5.165 293.44* F/C 217 FREDDIE NEELY 0.595 5.382 245.29 . . F/C 442 DON SOSENKA 0.687 6.045 225.79* F/C 520 TOM HOOVER 0.576 9.688 88.20 . F/C 28 RON CAPPS 0.585 4.959 308.32* F/C 850 NORM WILDING 0.635 12.440 81.27 Right lane up in smoke .great run for Capps . F/C 2 TONY PEDREGON 0.525 9.737 88.45* F/C 209 WHIT BAZEMORE 0.564 9.812 84.56 . . F/C 4 AL HOFMANN 0.553 10.128 81.60 F/C 305 DEAN SKUZA 0.526 5.028 304.87 . . F/C 1 JOHN FORCE 0.559 7.850 108.51 F/C 10 GARY DENSHAM 0.566 5.134 300.90 . . F/C 3 CRUZ PEDREGON 0.536 5.119 305.39* F/C 555 LEN SEROKA 1.046 10.855 62.10 . . F/C 302 DALE CREASY JR 0.567 8.706 97.29 F/C 713 JIM EPLER 0.553 5.154 291.16 Left lane up in smoke . F/C 7 DEL WORSHAM 0.654 5.288 231.24 F/C 5 CHUCK ETCHELLS 0.555 5.088 305.70 . . F/C 482 RONNY YOUNG 0.779 10.102 83.22 F/C 6 MARK OSWALD 0.510 5.012 304.67 . .

Friday-Session 2 - Funny Car              -Left lane first- 
1997 NHRA Matco Tools Nationals by Glenn & Theresa          
                                                            
Number    Driver               R/T           E.T.   Speed   
F/C  209  WHIT BAZEMORE       0.526          5.094  310.13  
F/C   28  RON CAPPS           0.567          4.947  315.45  
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F/C  305  DEAN SKUZA          0.541          9.496   88.05  
F/C    2  TONY PEDREGON       0.497          4.905  315.34  
   2nd fastest speed.no record yet. watch out.              
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F/C   10  GARY DENSHAM        0.550          5.054  304.25* 
F/C    4  AL HOFMANN          0.500          5.479  188.79  
   Right lane shut off early.                               
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F/C  555  LEN SEROKA          0.897         11.821   63.16  
F/C    1  JOHN FORCE          0.521          8.321  100.87  
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F/C    5  CHUCK ETCHELLS      0.583          4.970  315.56* 
F/C    3  CRUZ PEDREGON       0.594          6.708  129.42  
   new fastest speed. Paul said he was going to figure all  
   these backups, but he quit now.                          
F/C    6  MARK OSWALD         0.585          5.319  212.31  
F/C  302  DALE CREASY JR      0.606          5.280  275.56  
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F/C  217  FREDDIE NEELY       0.538          5.230  285.53* 
F/C    7  DEL WORSHAM         0.700          7.411  121.34  
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F/C  520  TOM HOOVER          0.622          5.193  285.53* 
F/C  482  RONNY YOUNG         0.659         10.985   78.15  
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F/C  850  NORM WILDING        0.725         12.370   81.34* 
F/C  700  RANDY ANDERSON      0.509         12.819   70.38  
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F/C  442  DON SOSENKA         0.633          9.611   89.92  
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Saturday-Session 1 - Funny Car            -Left lane first- 
1997 NHRA Matco Tools Nationals by Glenn & Theresa          
                                                            
Number    Driver               R/T           E.T.   Speed   
F/C    4  AL HOFMANN          0.522          9.284   86.97* 
F/C  555  LEN SEROKA          0.877          8.937   81.43  
                                                            
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F/C    1  JOHN FORCE          0.559          5.208  293.63  
F/C    5  CHUCK ETCHELLS      0.519          5.003  310.55  
   No record yet for Etchells. Force in the program now.    
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F/C    3  CRUZ PEDREGON       0.521          5.018  307.37* 
F/C    6  MARK OSWALD         0.538          9.344   91.68  
   Right lane up in smoke                                   
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F/C  302  DALE CREASY JR      0.658          5.244  294.48* 
F/C  217  FREDDIE NEELY       0.662          5.265  262.77  
   Good runs by both cars.                                  
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F/C    7  DEL WORSHAM         0.544          5.168  289.94* 
F/C  520  TOM HOOVER          0.567         10.577   80.31  
   Right lane up in smoke                                   
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F/C  482  RONNY YOUNG         0.565          5.796  216.13* 
F/C  209  WHIT BAZEMORE       0.534         10.194   81.05  
   Left lane crossed center line.Right lane up in smoke.    
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F/C  700  RANDY ANDERSON      0.538         14.207   67.01  
F/C  305  DEAN SKUZA          0.533          5.648  186.29  
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F/C  442  DON SOSENKA         0.665         10.380   77.27  
F/C   10  GARY DENSHAM        0.714          5.073  302.72  
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F/C   28  RON CAPPS           0.567          5.012  305.29* 
      single                                                
   Norecord for Capps yet either.                           
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F/C    2  TONY PEDREGON       0.487          7.522   99.21* 
      single                                                
   Chutes out early. No record for anyone yet.              
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Saturday-Session 2 - Funny Car -Left lane first- 1997 NHRA Matco Tools Nationals by Glenn & Theresa Number Driver R/T E.T. Speed F/C 6 MARK OSWALD 0.551 5.907 167.00 F/C 3 CRUZ PEDREGON 0.524 5.039 300.90 . . F/C 217 FREDDIE NEELY 0.575 6.454 144.60 F/C 302 DALE CREASY JR 0.588 5.135 292.30 Big improvement for Creasy. . F/C 520 TOM HOOVER 0.622 5.739 192.92 F/C 7 DEL WORSHAM 0.494 5.225 291.73 Not pretty for Hoover. . F/C 850 NORM WILDING 0.904 11.288 79.68* F/C 482 RONNY YOUNG 0.689 12.561 70.58 both cars smoked the tires, Young got sideways a little Neither in for tomorrow. F/C 209 WHIT BAZEMORE 0.572 5.775 173.04* F/C 700 RANDY ANDERSON 0.464 12.640 77.10 Both cars stay where they were. . F/C 305 DEAN SKUZA 0.522 5.030 309.91* F/C 442 DON SOSENKA 0.949 5.813 268.49 Sosenka didn't make the field. Skuza stayed at #6 . F/C 10 GARY DENSHAM 0.538 6.063 164.29 F/C 28 RON CAPPS 0.584 4.944 306.53 Still no records. . F/C 555 LEN SEROKA 1.136 6.063 157.39 F/C 2 TONY PEDREGON 0.544 5.019 294.40 Left lane all over the track.Seroka doesn't qualify. . F/C 5 CHUCK ETCHELLS 0.542 4.988 311.95* F/C 4 AL HOFMANN 0.537 10.488 74.46 Etchells missed the record too. Hoffman got loose. . F/C 1 JOHN FORCE 5.047 305.08* single .

Funny Car Qualifying List After Session 2, Saturday         
1997 NHRA Matco Tools Nationals by Glenn & Theresa          
Pos Name                 Number     E.T.  Speed  When       
  1 TONY PEDREGON        F/C    2   4.905 315.34  Fri2      
  2 RON CAPPS            F/C   28   4.944 306.53   Sat2     
  3 CHUCK ETCHELLS       F/C    5   4.970 315.56  Fri2      
  4 MARK OSWALD          F/C    6   5.012 304.67  Fri1      
  5 CRUZ PEDREGON        F/C    3   5.018 307.37   Sat1     
  6 DEAN SKUZA           F/C  305   5.028 304.87  Fri1      
  7 JOHN FORCE           F/C    1   5.047 305.08   Sat2     
  8 GARY DENSHAM         F/C   10   5.054 304.25  Fri2      
  9 WHIT BAZEMORE        F/C  209   5.094 310.13  Fri2      
 10 DALE CREASY JR       F/C  302   5.135 292.30   Sat2     
 11 JIM EPLER            F/C  713   5.154 291.16  Fri1      
 12 RANDY ANDERSON       F/C  700   5.165 293.44  Fri1      
 13 DEL WORSHAM          F/C    7   5.168 289.94   Sat1     
 14 TOM HOOVER           F/C  520   5.193 285.53  Fri2      
 15 FREDDIE NEELY        F/C  217   5.230 285.53  Fri2      
 16 AL HOFMANN           F/C    4   5.479 188.79  Fri2      
 17 RONNY YOUNG          F/C  482   5.796 216.13   Sat1     
 18 DON SOSENKA          F/C  442   5.813 268.49   Sat2     
 19 LEN SEROKA           F/C  555   6.063 157.39   Sat2     
 20 NORM WILDING         F/C  850  11.288  79.68   Sat2     

Sunday-Round 1 - Funny Car -Left lane first- 1997 NHRA Matco Tools Nationals by Glenn & Theresa Number Driver R/T E.T. Speed F/C 217 FREDDIE NEELY 0.537 5.248 234.43 F/C 28 RON CAPPS 0.528 5.235 286.35W Great driving by Capps. Pedaled it twice and made it past Neely at the finish. F/C 7 DEL WORSHAM 0.515 10.528 74.56 F/C 6 MARK OSWALD 0.548 6.483 203.48W Oswald wins the back pedaling contest. . F/C 520 TOM HOOVER 0.545 5.759 185.91W F/C 5 CHUCK ETCHELLS 0.507 N/A N/A Big explosion for Etchells on the starting line. Hoover has clutch problems. Spitting sparks, but moving on. F/C 2 TONY PEDREGON 0.515 6.379 207.51W F/C 4 AL HOFMANN 0.520 6.422 184.84 What a run! Tony won an awesome contest of wills here. . F/C 3 CRUZ PEDREGON 0.528 5.208 304.15W F/C 700 RANDY ANDERSON 0.515 6.866 142.65 Great run for Cruz. Anderson smoked early, but couldn't catch up. F/C 305 DEAN SKUZA 0.502 5.178 302.21W F/C 713 JIM EPLER 0.522 N/A N/A I've never seen anything like that before. The whole car was off the ground, before coming apart. (Epler) F/C 1 JOHN FORCE 0.543 5.200 292.39W F/C 302 DALE CREASY JR 0.513 6.600 148.29 . F/C 10 GARY DENSHAM 0.507 13.005 64.01 F/C 209 WHIT BAZEMORE 0.506 5.097 303.95W Great run for Whit. Both cars off and on the throttle. Densham lifted off the ground and shut down.

Monday-Round 2 - Funny Car                -Left lane first- 
1997 NHRA Matco Tools Nationals by Glenn & Theresa          
                                                            
Number    Driver               R/T           E.T.   Speed   
F/C    6  MARK OSWALD         0.552          9.457   83.51  
F/C    3  CRUZ PEDREGON       0.550          5.128  304.25W 
   Oswald smokes it at half track                           
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F/C  520  TOM HOOVER          0.600          5.141  248.41  
F/C  305  DEAN SKUZA          0.519          5.069  301.81W 
   Hoover loses on the big end                              
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F/C    2  TONY PEDREGON       0.511          4.998  307.58W 
F/C  209  WHIT BAZEMORE       0.522         12.739   66.69  
   Right lane up in smoke about 100 feet out.               
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F/C   28  RON CAPPS           0.506         5.528  209.20 
F/C    1  JOHN FORCE          0.505          5.027  307.27W 
   Capps falls off on the big end                           
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Monday-Round 3 - Funny Car                -Left lane first- 
1997 NHRA Matco Tools Nationals by Glenn & Theresa          
                                                            
Number    Driver               R/T           E.T.   Speed   
F/C  305  DEAN SKUZA          0.497          5.041  305.18W 
F/C    1  JOHN FORCE          0.509          5.121  277.52  
   Looking good for the race sponsors.                      
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F/C    3  CRUZ PEDREGON       0.520          5.096  308.11  
F/C    2  TONY PEDREGON       0.516          5.091  288.36W 
   MOV .001 Good runs by both cars.  Tony and Skuza in the  
   final.                                                   
Monday-Round 4 - Funny Car                -Left lane first- 
1997 NHRA Matco Tools Nationals by Glenn & Theresa          
                                                            
Number    Driver               R/T           E.T.   Speed   
F/C    2  TONY PEDREGON       0.495          8.200  102.44  
F/C  305  DEAN SKUZA          0.485          5.041  307.16W 
   Tony up in smoke. Skuza gets his first career win.       
   Race sponsor gets the win.                             

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