Memphis Funny Car

From the Prodigy Auto Racing BB Friday-Session 1 - Funny Car -Left lane first- 1997 NHRA Mid-South Nationals by DAVID ROWE Number Driver ...

From the Prodigy Auto Racing BB

Friday-Session 1 - Funny Car -Left lane first- 1997 NHRA Mid-South Nationals by DAVID ROWE Number Driver R/T E.T. Speed single F/C 482 RONNY YOUNG N/A N/A . . F/C 701 WYATT RADKE 0.690 5.159 N/A * F/C 482 RONNY YOUNG 0.551 5.285 279.85 . . F/C 700 RANDY ANDERSON 0.612 9.130 83.93* F/C 3 CRUZ PEDREGON 0.519 11.424 73.94 . . F/C 6 MARK OSWALD 0.506 5.709 178.99* F/C 347 TIM WILKERSON 0.556 5.937 174.24 . . F/C 305 DEAN SKUZA 0.547 5.023 306.64* F/C 8 KENJI OKAZAKI 0.508 7.194 125.13 . . F/C 10 GARY DENSHAM 0.571 9.540 92.39 F/C 5 CHUCK ETCHELLS 0.522 5.073 305.81 . . F/C 4 AL HOFMANN 0.518 6.986 129.44 F/C 28 RON CAPPS 0.536 5.075 306.22 . . F/C 209 WHIT BAZEMORE 0.502 5.189 296.93* F/C 520 TOM HOOVER 0.546 8.987 93.92 . . F/C 1 JOHN FORCE 0.537 5.071 307.48* F/C 2 TONY PEDREGON 0.541 5.183 294.50 . . F/C 302 DALE CREASY 0.584 8.131 108.36* F/C 7 DEL WORSHAM 0.664 8.746 95.84 . .

Friday-Session 2 - Funny Car              -Left lane first- 
1997 NHRA Mid-South Nationals by David Rowe                 
                                                            
Number    Driver               R/T           E.T.   Speed   
F/C  347  TIM WILKERSON       0.537          4.991  294.59* 
F/C  701  WYATT RADKE         0.669          5.145  265.87  
   Wilkerson runs the first ever 4 second run at Memphis    
   Motorsports Park.                                        
F/C    8  KENJI OKAZAKI       0.490         10.264   85.59  
F/C  700  RANDY ANDERSON      0.515          5.043  293.54  
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F/C    5  CHUCK ETCHELLS      0.512          5.011  307.27* 
F/C    6  MARK OSWALD         0.545         16.147   57.82  
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F/C   28  RON CAPPS           0.568          5.023  281.33* 
F/C  305  DEAN SKUZA          0.520          9.484   86.94  
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F/C  520  TOM HOOVER          0.516          9.299   93.85* 
F/C   10  GARY DENSHAM        0.534         14.065   84.42  
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F/C    2  TONY PEDREGON       0.514          5.070  303.54  
F/C    4  AL HOFMANN          0.493          5.016  272.80  
   .Hoffman makes a strong run that probably could have     
   .been a four-second run. He clicked it off early.        
F/C    7  DEL WORSHAM         0.554          5.078  304.77* 
F/C  209  WHIT BAZEMORE       0.530          5.528  194.17  
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F/C  433  JIM BLAKE           0.662          5.185  277.77* 
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F/C   11  BOB WEICKGENANNT    0.763          5.214  267.69  
F/C    1  JOHN FORCE          0.615          5.150  274.97  
   .Force slows from his first run. He clicked it off a     
   .little early                                            
      single                                                
F/C  302  DALE CREASY         0.625          5.443  265.80  
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F/C    3  CRUZ PEDREGON       0.487          5.364  197.10  
F/C  713  JIM EPLER           0.475          5.356  226.81  
   .Cruz is barely in at #16. He may have to improve on     
   .this run to stay in tomorrow.                           
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F/C  442  DON SOSEAKA         0.645           N/A    N/A    
   .Don gets loose and crosses the center line.             
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Saturday-Session 1 - Funny Car -Left lane first- 1997 NHRA Mid-South Nationals by David Rowe Number Driver R/T E.T. Speed F/C 6 MARK OSWALD 0.531 5.242 282.84* F/C 28 RON CAPPS 0.568 5.262 223.83 Capps slows near the end as the Copehagen girls look on. F/C 305 DEAN SKUZA 0.520 5.213 244.69* F/C 520 TOM HOOVER 0.559 5.376 246.57 Both cars slow near the end of the track. . F/C 10 GARY DENSHAM 0.540 5.177 286.44* F/C 2 TONY PEDREGON 0.519 5.357 214.23 Densham jumps up to the #11 spot. No improvement for Tony. F/C 4 AL HOFMANN 0.527 5.139 247.72* F/C 7 DEL WORSHAM 0.543 9.508 88.97 Hoffman clicked it off a little early. Worsham smokes the tires. F/C 209 WHIT BAZEMORE 0.538 5.791 179.10 F/C 433 JIM BLAKE 0.517 5.140 283.73 Blake makes a good run but goes up in flames at the finish. F/C 444 BRENT FANNING 0.533 5.448 247.59* F/C 482 RONNY YOUNG 0.666 7.279 116.98 Young smokes the tires right off the line. . F/C 1 JOHN FORCE 0.547 5.095 291.26 F/C 3 CRUZ PEDREGON 0.504 4.998 308.11 Cruz runs the second 4 second run at this track to jump into the #2 spot. F/C 302 DALE CREASY 0.530 5.755 182.77 F/C 8 KENJI OKAZAKI 0.540 5.149 290.79 . . F/C 713 JIM EPLER 0.566 10.259 76.73 F/C 5 CHUCK ETCHELLS 0.526 5.039 305.70 Good run for Etchells. Epler hazes the tires. . F/C 442 DON SOSENKA 0.828 5.677 248.48* single . . F/C 700 RANDY ANDERSON 0.542 4.966 310.88* single Randy makes a great run to take #1 and sets both ends of the track record.

Saturday-Session 2 - Funny Car -Left lane first- 1997 NHRA Mid-South Nationals by David Rowe Number Driver R/T E.T. Speed F/C 7 DEL WORSHAM 0.549 5.144 297.61* F/C 10 GARY DENSHAM 0.564 17.312 82.44 Densham smokes the tires right off the line. . single F/C 209 WHIT BAZEMORE 0.517 5.191 286.35 Whit can't improve on his #15 position. . F/C 482 RONNY YOUNG 0.611 5.261 285.17* F/C 444 BRENT FANNING 0.603 12.794 55.92 Fanning shakes the tires and shuts down. Young doesn't improve enough to qualify. F/C 3 CRUZ PEDREGON 0.523 9.254 90.61 F/C 1 JOHN FORCE 0.542 5.020 309.06 Cruz shakes the tires and shuts down. Force makes a good run. F/C 347 TIM WILKERSON 0.537 5.664 181.63* F/C 302 DALE CREASY 0.563 8.773 94.88 . . F/C 8 KENJI OKAZAKI 0.533 5.127 294.69 F/C 713 JIM EPLER 0.527 5.085 297.71 Good runs by both cars. . F/C 5 CHUCK ETCHELLS 0.524 5.006 310.55* F/C 701 WYATT RADKE 0.580 5.815 174.75 Etchells makes a good run. . F/C 28 RON CAPPS 0.555 5.158 292.96 F/C 700 RANDY ANDERSON 0.530 5.058 301.00 Good runs by both cars. . F/C 520 TOM HOOVER 0.577 5.212 287.90 F/C 6 MARK OSWALD 0.554 5.064 300.80 Oswald makes a great run and knocks Bazemore out of the program. F/C 2 TONY PEDREGON 0.524 4.984 308.00* F/C 305 DEAN SKUZA 0.491 5.025 305.29 Great run by Tony. He moves into the #2 spot. .

Funny Car Qualifying List After Session 2, Saturday         
1997 NHRA Mid-South Nationals by David Rowe                 
Pos Name                 Number     E.T.  Speed  When       
  1 RANDY ANDERSON       F/C  700   4.966 310.88   Sat1     
  2 TONY PEDREGON        F/C    2   4.984 308.00   Sat2     
  3 TIM WILKERSON        F/C  347   4.991 294.59  Fri2      
  4 CRUZ PEDREGON        F/C    3   4.998 308.11   Sat1     
  5 CHUCK ETCHELLS       F/C    5   5.006 310.55   Sat2     
  6 AL HOFMANN           F/C    4   5.016 272.80  Fri2      
  7 JOHN FORCE           F/C    1   5.020 309.06   Sat2     
  8 DEAN SKUZA           F/C  305   5.023 306.64  Fri1      
  9 RON CAPPS            F/C   28   5.023 281.33  Fri2      
 10 MARK OSWALD          F/C    6   5.064 300.80   Sat2     
 11 DEL WORSHAM          F/C    7   5.078 304.77  Fri2      
 12 JIM EPLER            F/C  713   5.085 297.71   Sat2     
 13 KENJI OKAZAKI        F/C    8   5.127 294.69   Sat2     
 14 JIM BLAKE            F/C  433   5.140 283.73   Sat1     
 15 WYATT RADKE          F/C  701   5.145 265.87  Fri2      
 16 GARY DENSHAM         F/C   10   5.177 286.44   Sat1     
 17 WHIT BAZEMORE        F/C  209   5.189 296.93  Fri1      
 18 TOM HOOVER           F/C  520   5.212 287.90   Sat2     
 19 BOB WEICKGENANNT     F/C   11   5.214 267.69  Fri2      
 20 RONNY YOUNG          F/C  482   5.261 285.17   Sat2     
 21 DALE CREASY          F/C  302   5.443 265.80  Fri2      
 22 BRENT FANNING        F/C  444   5.448 247.59   Sat1     
 23 DON SOSENKA          F/C  442   5.677 248.48   Sat1     

Sunday-Round 1 - Funny Car -Left lane first- 1997 NHRA Mid-South Nationals by David Rowe Number Driver R/T E.T. Speed F/C 3 CRUZ PEDREGON 0.510 5.263 246.57W F/C 8 KENJI OKAZAKI 0.510 6.088 159.97 Kenji gets real loose and almost crosses the centerline Cruz gets a little loose but holds on for the win. F/C 347 TIM WILKERSON 0.638 7.009 134.89W F/C 433 JIM BLAKE No show Blake breaks after the burnout. Wilkerson smokes the tires at about 300',pedals it and shuts down. F/C 700 RANDY ANDERSON 0.461 5.359 300.20 F/C 10 GARY DENSHAM 0.508 5.063 294.40W Randy hazes the tires, has to pedal and loses too much to recover. F/C 2 TONY PEDREGON 0.510 5.137 272.56W F/C 701 WYATT RADKE 0.532 5.168 279.85 Wyatt had Tony until the 1/8 mile and Tony drove away. Radke goes up in flames at the end of the track. F/C 5 CHUCK ETCHELLS 0.508 5.094 304.67W F/C 713 JIM EPLER 0.555 5.446 207.08 Eplers engine goes away after the 1/8 mile. . F/C 4 AL HOFMANN 0.529 5.010 278.20W F/C 7 DEL WORSHAM 0.497 6.161 161.98 Worsham loses traction, pedals, loses traction again and Hoffman drives by with a great run. F/C 1 JOHN FORCE 0.495 4.933 314.35W F/C 6 MARK OSWALD 0.515 11.114 78.82 Force sets both ends of the track record and runs the fastest speed in NHRA history for Funny Car. F/C 305 DEAN SKUZA 0.490 5.062 303.13 F/C 28 RON CAPPS 0.466 4.999 306.95W A great run by Capps. Skuza was ahead at the 1/8 mile mark, but Capps came on at the end.

Sunday-Round 2 - Funny Car -Left lane first- 1997 NHRA Mid-South Nationals by David Rowe Number Driver R/T E.T. Speed F/C 5 CHUCK ETCHELLS 0.519 15.407 57.07 F/C 3 CRUZ PEDREGON 0.490 5.284 276.32W Etchells breaks right off the line. Cruz pedals once and recovers. F/C 4 AL HOFMANN 0.485 5.001 305.60W F/C 347 TIM WILKERSON 0.494 8.812 85.38 Wilkerson gets out of shape and takes out the 660' cone A clean run for Hoffman. F/C 1 JOHN FORCE 0.519 4.956 312.17W F/C 2 TONY PEDREGON 0.502 5.111 300.10 Force backs up the 314 for a new national record. . F/C 28 RON CAPPS 0.497 5.079 300.30W F/C 10 GARY DENSHAM 0.502 5.561 195.05 Densham hazes the tires at about 1000 feet. .

Sunday-Round 3 - Funny Car -Left lane first- 1997 NHRA Mid-South Nationals by David Rowe Number Driver R/T E.T. Speed F/C 28 RON CAPPS 0.491 5.053 306.22 F/C 3 CRUZ PEDREGON 0.487 5.056 302.11W Great race with a .001 margin of victory. . F/C 1 JOHN FORCE 0.496 4.938 313.26W F/C 4 AL HOFMANN 0.495 5.326 195.56 Force makes another great run. The Force is back. .

Sunday-Round 4 - Funny Car -Left lane first- 1997 NHRA Mid-South Nationals by David Rowe Number Driver R/T E.T. Speed F/C 1 JOHN FORCE 0.488 5.172 296.34W F/C 3 CRUZ PEDREGON 0.481 7.802 127.94 Cruz goes up in flames at about 600'. He bounces off the wall and climbs out of the flaming car. this one should make the next "and they walked away".

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