MORRISON, Colo. - Castrol SYNTEC driver Tony Pedregon succumbed to mechanical problems and Castrol GTX Champion John Force was surprised by Scotty Cannon in an upset plagued 22nd annual Mopar Parts Mile-High Nationlas at Bandimere Speedway ...
MORRISON, Colo. - Castrol SYNTEC driver Tony Pedregon succumbed to mechanical problems and Castrol GTX Champion John Force was surprised by Scotty Cannon in an upset plagued 22nd annual Mopar Parts Mile-High Nationlas at Bandimere Speedway Park. Pedregon, who was bidding for his third straight victory on the mountain that is Bandimere Speedway, was victimized by a mechanical problem; Force, the nine-time reigning Winston Champion, was victimized by Scotty Cannon.
Pedregon's SYNTEC Ford dropped a cylinder just one second into his first round race with Del Worsham. The car then shucked a supercharger drive belt as Worsham drove by for the win.
Force probably would not have done anything differently if he had it to do over again. The 86-time tour winner recorded his best career numbers at Bandimere Speedway - 5.028 seconds at 306.26 miles per hour, the latter a track record. Unfortunately, Cannon was clocked in 5.022 seconds to win by a final margin of .006 of a second.
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WINNERS: Top Fuel, Joe Amato defeated Tony Schumacher; Funny Car, Whit Bazemore defeated Scotty Cannon; Pro Stock, Kurt Johnson defeated Darrell Alderman; Pro Stock Motorcycle, Angelle Seeling defeated Matt Hines. NEXT EVENT: Prolong Northwest Nationals, July 28-30, Seattle International Raceway, Kent, Washington.
JOHN FORCE, Castrol GTX Ford Mustang
Qualifying position: 6th at 5.121 seconds.
Race Results: Lost to Scotty Cannon.
Notable: Cannon needed a track record 5.022 to beat Force's Denver career best 5.028 at a Bandimere Speedway Park record 306.26 miles per hour. Quotable: "I never saw him. I couldn't believe it when (the TV crew) went over to him. But hats off to that team. They did what they had to do. They took a shot and made it work." - John Force
TONY PEDREGON, Castrol SYNTEC Ford Mustang
Qualifying position: 4th at 5.082 seconds.
Race Results: Lost to Del Worsham.
Notable: Despite the loss, which ended a two-year winning streak at Denver, Tony moved from fourth to third in Winston points ahead of Ron Capps. Quotable: "It's unexpected. We had the conditions we wanted (but) sometimes these cars are just unpredictable. It's a tough weekend for us, but we'll just work a little harder. It's hard to imagine that we could, but we will." - Tony Pedregon.
<pre> 2000 Winston Funny Car Points (Unofficial/12 of 23 races complete)
1. Jerry Toliver, WWF Firebird (3) 1,008 2. John Force, Castrol GTX Ford Mustang (5) 935 3. Tony Pedregon, Castrol SYNTEC Ford Mustang (1) 795 4. Ron Capps, U.S. Tobacco Camaro 787 5. Jim Epler, WWF Camaro (1) 667 6. Scotty Cannon, Oakley Camaro 583 7. Dean Skuza, Matco Tools Avenger 571 8. Whit Bazemore, Kendall GT-1 Camaro (1) 554 9. Del Worsham, CSK Firebird 539 10. Al Hofmann, Mooneyes Firebird 506
Note: season victories in parentheses (Bob Gilbertson also has a victory this season)