Seattle: Tony Bartone final summary

BARTONE RACES TO QUARTERFINALS FINISH SEATTLE (July 23) -- A determined Tony Bartone turned back Mike Ashley in his Jim Dunn-owned Lucas Oil Chevrolet Funny Car to win his first round of competition at the 19th annual Schuck's Auto Supply ...

BARTONE RACES TO QUARTERFINALS FINISH

SEATTLE (July 23) -- A determined Tony Bartone turned back Mike Ashley in his Jim Dunn-owned Lucas Oil Chevrolet Funny Car to win his first round of competition at the 19th annual Schuck's Auto Supply Nationals presented by Lucas Oil.

Bartone left the starting line first (.112 - .130) and then set the pace to out distance Ashley when he crossed the finish line in 4.996 seconds, 292.90 mph to 5.003 seconds, 310.41 mph.

Advancing to the quarterfinals, Bartone lunged off the starting line first against his opponent, Whit Bazemore and held the lead up until half track when Bartone suffered mechanical woes, sidelining his winning attempt. Bazemore reached the finish line first with his run of 5.033 seconds at a speed of 306.60 mph to Bartone's slowing time of 5.908 seconds, 161.19 mph.

He had qualified in the No. 13 position with an elapsed time of 4.970 seconds, 306.74 mph.

"It was a good weekend for our Jim Dunn Lucas Oil team in Seattle," said a positive-feeling Bartone. "When you're up against 130-degree track temperatures and atmospheric conditions in the high 90s, it makes it tough for these crew chiefs to get these cars from point 'A' to point 'B'. We qualified after a little bit of parts breakage in qualifying. We won round one, but lost a hole (cylinder) in the quarterfinals.

'Big Jim' Dunn and his Lucas Oil Racing team will now move to Infineon Raceway in nearby Sonoma, California for the running of the 19th annual Fram/Autolite Nationals on July 28 -- 30.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tony Bartone , Whit Bazemore , Mike Ashley