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>From the Prodigy Auto Racing BB Friday-Session 1 - Funny Car -Left lane first- 1997 NHRA Pioneer Keystone Nationals by Stephen Jones Number Driver R/T E.T. Speed single F/C 132 JERRY CAMINITO 1.040 13.256 67.44 Jerry has problems almost immediately and clicks off . F/C 11 BOB WEICKGENANNT 0.708 8.927 92.18* single Bob...I'm not spelling his last name again...has problems about 100 ft. out and clicks off F/C 8 KENJI OKAZAKI 0.504 7.897 110.13* F/C 3 CRUZ PEDREGON 0.496 8.687 96.54 Both Kenji and Cruz blow the tires about 200 ft. out and click off F/C 701 WYATT RADKE 0.654 9.980 71.57 F/C 302 DALE CREASY, JR. 0.520 9.137 83.95 Again, both cars go up in smoke...Creasy 1st, then Radke. Check out Radke's crew shirts on tv. F/C 700 RANDY ANDERSON 0.556 8.730 89.38* F/C 4 AL HOFMANN 0.503 11.034 70.04 . F/C 28 RON CAPPS 0.513 5.124 284.90* F/C 7 DEL WORSHAM 0.573 7.973 106.00 Capps makes the 1st full run of the day. Del goes up in smoke about 200 ft. out! F/C 520 TOM HOOVER 0.596 8.352 97.71 F/C 209 WHIT BAZEMORE 0.540 5.558 247.18 Whit, with friend Jungle Pam Hardy doing the back up signals, was on a nice run until he lost traction F/C 6 MARK OSWALD 5.883 7.432 116.02* single Oswald started off good then struck the tires about 1/2 track F/C 10 GARY DENSHAM N/A N/A F/C 217 FREDDIE NEELY 0.848 7.230 115.42 Neely had a strong run going until 1/2 track when the tires blew. Densham has a fluid leak and is shut off F/C 1 JOHN FORCE 0.541 5.133 300.50* F/C 5 CHUCK ETCHELLS 0.573 5.510 202.33 Force runs the 1st 300 of the event! . F/C 2 TONY PEDREGON 0.516 5.273 285.98* F/C 305 DEAN SKUZA 0.556 5.389 262.62 . . Friday-Session 2 - Funny Car -Left lane first- 1997 NHRA Pioneer Keystone Nationals by Stephen Jones Number Driver R/T E.T. Speed F/C 4 AL HOFMANN 0.515 5.081 289.48* F/C 701 WYATT RADKE 0.614 6.397 140.99 Hofmann moves to the #1 spot on this run...his best run since the crash at Gainsville. Radke goes up in smoke F/C 7 DEL WORSHAM 0.622 5.168 2.98 F/C 700 RANDY ANDERSON 5.136 285.53 Randy moves up to the #4 spot, Del to the #5 spot . F/C 209 WHIT BAZEMORE 0.543 5.032 305.49* F/C 28 RON CAPPS 0.547 11.439 76.05 Whit takes the #1 spot, again with the help of JUNGLE Pam Hardy F/C 713 JIM EPLER 0.544 5.160 294.11* F/C 520 TOM HOOVER 0.551 6.748 129.85 Nice run for Epler in the Paul Smith Car . F/C 217 FREDDIE NEELY 0.535 5.114 267.69* F/C 6 MARK OSWALD 0.514 6.397 148.31 Both Neely and Oswald were spitting out parts so much it looked the 4th of July! F/C 5 CHUCK ETCHELLS 0.508 4.982 309.91* F/C 10 GARY DENSHAM 0.649 5.676 177.93 Etchells takes the #1 spot from Bazemore and sets both ends of the track record F/C 305 DEAN SKUZA 5.103 303.95 F/C 1 JOHN FORCE 5.121 296.44 Skuza moves up to the #4 spot while Force is at the #6 spot F/C 132 JERRY CAMINITO 0.614 11.084 80.89* F/C 2 TONY PEDREGON 0.512 12.301 75.35 Both Camanito and Pedregon get out of shape and click off early F/C 3 CRUZ PEDREGON 0.518 5.167 279.41* F/C 8 KENJI OKAZAKI 0.483 11.468 77.74 Cruz moves up to the #10 spot. Kenji has problems early and clicks off F/C 302 DALE CREASY, JR. 0.577 10.981 74.21* single Creasy has problems and clicks off .

Saturday-Session 1 - Funny Car -Left lane first- 1997 NHRA Pioneer Keystone Nationals by The Chief Number Driver R/T E.T. Speed F/C 28 RON CAPPS 0.525 7.782 108.08 F/C 5 CHUCK ETCHELLS 0.526 5.793 170.16* Capps goes up in smoke and Etchells follows righ after him F/C 520 TOM HOOVER 0.584 7.526 110.66* F/C 305 DEAN SKUZA 0.543 8.808 87.80 Both Skuza and Hoover go up in smoke, get out of shape and click off F/C 6 MARK OSWALD 0.570 5.328 268.41* F/C 132 JERRY CAMINITO 0.585 7.624 114.91 Camanito makes a full pass, but still does not qualify. Oswald burns up a clutch, but remains at the 13th spot F/C 10 GARY DENSHAM 0.562 10.017 80.56 F/C 3 CRUZ PEDREGON 0.515 5.809 172.34* Densham gets sideways at half track, goes up in smoke and aborts. Cruz was on and off the pedal all the way F/C 1 JOHN FORCE 0.544 5.466 227.56* F/C 302 DALE CREASY, JR. 6.051 173.94 John hangs with it to the end though it didn't sound good. John stays at #6. Creasy has problems. He's at 15 F/C 2 TONY PEDREGON 0.464 5.339 258.76* single Tony has some engine problems and loss of traction near half track, but runs it through F/C 11 BOB WEICKGENANNT 0.714 9.526 86.32* single Bob had a good launch, but ran in to problems shortly thereafter. He remains unqualified F/C 8 KENJI OKAZAKI 0.603 5.371 283.37* F/C 7 DEL WORSHAM 0.574 10.505 81.41 Kenji makes a nice run without smoking the tires, but remains at #14. Worsham has problems and clicks off F/C 701 WYATT RADKE 0.607 7.074 127.96 F/C 209 WHIT BAZEMORE 0.501 5.749 176.09* Radke has problems about 100 feet out and clicks off. Bazemore looses traction at half track. F/C 700 RANDY ANDERSON 0.575 8.912 95.08* single Randy launches well, but something goes wrong about 100 ft. out and aborts the run

Saturday-Session 2 - Funny Car -Left lane first- 1997 NHRA Pioneer Keystone Nationals by Chief *FINAL* Number Driver R/T E.T. Speed F/C 305 DEAN SKUZA 0.543 9.304 88.50 F/C 6 MARK OSWALD 0.583 5.186 286.80* Skuza goes up in smoke about 100 feet out, but remains at the #4 spot. Oswald moves up the the #12 spot F/C 132 JERRY CAMINITO 0.572 6.654 240.83 F/C 10 GARY DENSHAM 0.010 5.149 283.37* Camanito back pedals and gets back on the throttle, but does not qualify. Densham has a little fire at top end F/C 3 CRUZ PEDREGON 0.539 7.074 115.85 F/C 1 JOHN FORCE 0.523 5.019 294.69* Cruz goes up in smoke near half track, but remains in At #12. Force moves up to #2 on this run. F/C 302 DALE CREASY, JR. 0.533 8.396 101.14 F/C 2 TONY PEDREGON 0.540 7.494 113.43* Dale Jr. goes up in smoke and remains at #16 and on the bubble. Tony also looses traction, but is in the show F/C 7 DEL WORSHAM N/A N/A F/C 11 BOB WEICKGENANNT 6.666 5.545 221.18 Worsham brakes after the burnout. Weickgenannt MAKES THE SHOW, but is on the bubble. Creasey, Jr. is out!! F/C 209 WHIT BAZEMORE 0.530 9.832 82.34 F/C 8 KENJI OKAZAKI 0.532 6.964 127.44* Both Whit and Kenji overpower the track and click off early F/C 713 JIM EPLER 0.545 11.693 74.49 F/C 701 WYATT RADKE 0.615 5.258 240.89* Epler aborts about 100 feet out. Nice run for Radke gets him in the show at #14, knocking Bob W. out!! F/C 5 CHUCK ETCHELLS 0.545 10.565 76.51 F/C 700 RANDY ANDERSON 0.622 5.469 271.57* Etchells goes up in smoke, but remains at the #1 spot. . single F/C 520 TOM HOOVER 0.869 5.204 278.37 Hoover makes the show at the #14 spot knocking Kenji out.

Funny Car Qualifying List After Session 2, Saturday 1997 NHRA Pioneer Keystone Nationals by Chief *FINAL ROUND* Pos Name Number E.T. Speed When 1 CHUCK ETCHELLS F/C 5 4.982 309.91 Fri2 2 JOHN FORCE F/C 1 5.019 294.69 Sat2 3 WHIT BAZEMORE F/C 209 5.032 305.49 Fri2 4 AL HOFMANN F/C 4 5.081 289.48 Fri2 5 DEAN SKUZA F/C 305 5.103 303.95 Fri2 6 FREDDIE NEELY F/C 217 5.114 267.69 Fri2 7 RON CAPPS F/C 28 5.124 284.90 Fri1 8 RANDY ANDERSON F/C 700 5.136 285.53 Fri2 9 GARY DENSHAM F/C 10 5.149 283.37 Sat2 10 JIM EPLER F/C 713 5.160 294.11 Fri2 11 CRUZ PEDREGON F/C 3 5.167 279.41 Fri2 12 DEL WORSHAM F/C 7 5.168 2.98 Fri2 13 MARK OSWALD F/C 6 5.186 286.80 Sat2 14 TOM HOOVER F/C 520 5.204 278.37 Sat2 15 WYATT RADKE F/C 701 5.258 240.89 Sat2 16 TONY PEDREGON F/C 2 5.273 285.98 Fri1 17 KENJI OKAZAKI F/C 8 5.371 283.37 Sat1 18 BOB WEICKGENANNT F/C 11 5.545 221.18 Sat2 19 DALE CREASY, JR. F/C 302 6.051 173.94 Sat1 20 JERRY CAMINITO F/C 132 6.654 240.83 Sat2

Sunday-Round 1 - Funny Car -Left lane first- 1997 NHRA Pioneer Keystone Nationals by Stephen Jones Number Driver R/T E.T. Speed F/C 217 FREDDIE NEELY 0.498 9.418 81.38 F/C 3 CRUZ PEDREGON 0.504 5.544 248.89W Neely gets out of the groove, heads towards the center line and aborts the run. Cruze hazes/tires but wins F/C 28 RON CAPPS 0.486 5.994 244.83 F/C 713 JIM EPLER 0.504 5.459 263.85W Both Capps & Epler blow the tires. Epler back pedals & recovers to take the win to advance. F/C 5 CHUCK ETCHELLS 0.501 5.127 303.13W F/C 2 TONY PEDREGON 0.491 5.456 248.27 Etchells has this track figured out as he's run the 1st 300 in F/C! Tony looses traction at half track. F/C 1 JOHN FORCE 0.489 5.005 307.48W F/C 701 WYATT RADKE 0.491 6.525 140.69 Radke gave it a valiant effort, but hung it up at mid- track. Force has the top ET and MPH of the event so far F/C 209 WHIT BAZEMORE 0.505 5.551 259.36W F/C 520 TOM HOOVER 0.500 7.355 121.67 Both Hoover and Bazemore blow the tires at half track. Bazemore recovers to advance, but looses lane choice F/C 4 AL HOFMANN 0.529 7.734 108.35 F/C 6 MARK OSWALD 0.555 5.432 262.00W Hofmann gets out of the groove & heads towards center line and aborts. Oswald hazes the tires but advances F/C 305 DEAN SKUZA 0.490 5.238 282.22W F/C 7 DEL WORSHAM 0.473 5.376 261.32 Both Skuza & Worsham had a great race going on until Del lost traction near the top end. Skuza advances! F/C 700 RANDY ANDERSON 0.511 5.509 274.55W F/C 10 GARY DENSHAM 0.509 6.222 163.01 Densham was slightly ahead of Anderson for most of the race until he lost traction near the top end.Randy wins

Sunday-Round 2 - Funny Car -Left lane first- 1997 NHRA Pioneer Keystone Nationals by Stephen Jones Number Driver R/T E.T. Speed F/C 3 CRUZ PEDREGON 0.480 5.215 282.66W F/C 209 WHIT BAZEMORE 0.497 5.573 259.06 Whit back pedals to no avail as he goes up in smoke about 3/4 track. Cruz looses traction, but recovers F/C 5 CHUCK ETCHELLS 0.513 5.131 297.81W F/C 700 RANDY ANDERSON 0.504 5.863 185.64 Anderson tried, but couldn't quite get ahold of the track. Etchells has "owned" this track for the weekend F/C 1 JOHN FORCE 0.509 5.076 303.54W F/C 713 JIM EPLER 0.529 7.157 118.56 Epler gets loose and heads towards the center line and backs off. Force runs a strong 5.07 to advance. F/C 305 DEAN SKUZA 0.507 5.169 298.40W F/C 6 MARK OSWALD 0.515 5.672 196.42 The bad right line bites another as Oswald goes up in smoke at half track. Skuza advances to face Etchells

Sunday-Round 3 - Funny Car -Left lane first- 1997 NHRA Pioneer Keystone Nationals by Stephen Jones Number Driver R/T E.T. Speed F/C 5 CHUCK ETCHELLS 0.494 5.131 298.60W F/C 305 DEAN SKUZA 0.494 6.615 142.09 The right lane BITES another victim as Skuza goes up in smoke. Etchells still OWNS this track! F/C 1 JOHN FORCE 0.467 5.082 302.72W F/C 3 CRUZ PEDREGON 0.471 5.436 214.79 Force will HAVE lane choice next round. He'll put Etchells in the BAD right lane. Force or Etchells??? Sunday-Round 4 - Funny Car -Left lane first- 1997 NHRA Pioneer Keystone Nationals by Stephen Jones Number Driver R/T E.T. Speed F/C 1 JOHN FORCE 0.496 5.083 305.39W F/C 5 CHUCK ETCHELLS 0.494 5.282 224.66 Almost identical reaction times! Etchells had him at 1/2 track, but...John Force Is Your F/C CHAMP!!!

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