Richmond FC Qualifying

>From the Prodigy Auto Racing BB and Newsgroup Friday-Session 1 - Funny Car -Left lane first- 1997 NHRA Virgina Nationals by Joe & Stephen Number Driver...

>From the Prodigy Auto Racing BB and Newsgroup Friday-Session 1 - Funny Car -Left lane first- 1997 NHRA Virgina Nationals by Joe & Stephen Number Driver R/T E.T. Speed single F/C 4 AL HOFMANN 0.588 5.460 199.77 Hofmann is all over the track but makes it through. The car smokes the tires at half track. F/C 711 RAY HIGLEY 0.547 5.469 153.63 F/C 209 WHIT BAZEMORE 0.564 5.297 283.73 Neither car makes a great pass. Higley lets the chutes out before the 1/4 mile. F/C 1 JOHN FORCE 0.524 4.991 302.82* F/C 305 DEAN SKUZA 0.506 5.325 225.45 Force goes to the #1 spot with a 99. Skuza's car gives up at the end of the track. F/C 700 RANDY ANDERSON 0.647 5.189 276.07* F/C 720 CORY LEE 0.594 7.235 122.98 Nice run by Randy, Cory hazes the tires and pedals it down the track. F/C 395 GARY BOLGER 0.719 4.999 245.36* F/C 6 MARK OSWALD 0.579 5.112 266.66 Bolger slows down and something goes thru the lights to show a 99, Oswald is DQ'd for crossing over. F/C 5 CHUCK ETCHELLS 0.530 5.105 293.73* F/C 7 DEL WORSHAM 0.581 12.068 76.75 Nice run by Etchells for the 3rd spot, Worsham boils the hides off the line and coasts to the end. F/C 8 KENJI OKAZAKI 0.498 5.167 281.07* F/C 10 GARY DENSHAM 0.610 12.068 67.86 Kenji takes the #4 spot, Gary smokes the tires right off the line and shuts it down. F/C 347 TIM WILKERSON 0.697 9.224 98.72* single Wilkerson blows the tires off of it about 100' out. . F/C 3 CRUZ PEDREGON 0.524 5.143 282.22* single Nice run by Cruz to take the 4th spot. Tires let go at the 1000' mark.

Funny Car Qualifying List After Session 1, Friday           
1997 NHRA Virgina Nationals by Joe & Stephen                
Pos Name                 Number     E.T.  Speed  When       
  1 JOHN FORCE           F/C    1   4.991 302.82  Fri1      
  2 TONY PEDREGON        F/C    2   5.094 291.35  Fri1      
  3 CHUCK ETCHELLS       F/C    5   5.105 293.73  Fri1      
  4 CRUZ PEDREGON        F/C    3   5.143 282.22  Fri1      
  5 KENJI OKAZAKI        F/C    8   5.167 281.07  Fri1      
  6 RANDY ANDERSON       F/C  700   5.189 276.07  Fri1      
  7 WHIT BAZEMORE        F/C  209   5.297 283.73  Fri1      
  8 DEAN SKUZA           F/C  305   5.325 225.45  Fri1      
  9 RON CAPPS            F/C   28   5.366 247.45  Fri1      
 10 AL HOFMANN           F/C    4   5.460 199.77  Fri1      
 11 RAY HIGLEY           F/C  711   5.469 153.63  Fri1      
 12 CORY LEE             F/C  720   7.235 122.98  Fri1      
 13 TIM WILKERSON        F/C  347   9.224  98.72  Fri1      
 14 DEL WORSHAM          F/C    7  12.068  76.75  Fri1      
Friday-Session 2 - Funny Car              -Left lane first- 
1997 NHRA Pennzoil Nationals by Stephen/Joe                 
                                                            
Number    Driver               R/T           E.T.   Speed   
F/C   28  RON CAPPS           0.515          5.191  271.49  
F/C    2  TONY PEDREGON       0.505          5.145  281.16  
   Nice runs from both cars, but not much improvement       
   .                                                        
F/C  720  CORY LEE            0.588          5.181  270.27  
F/C  700  RANDY ANDERSON      0.534          5.128  262.69  
   Cory Lee drifted close to the center line but            
   corrected                                                
F/C    6  MARK OSWALD         0.624         10.572   77.02* 
F/C  395  GARY BOLGER         0.654         11.918   70.48  
   Oswald's wo's continue as he clicks off very early.      
   Bolger also has problems and shuts down                  
F/C    7  DEL WORSHAM         0.592         12.116   62.88  
F/C    5  CHUCK ETCHELLS      0.543         10.946   79.06  
   The track has apparently gone away as both Worsham and   
   Etchells abort right out of the gate                     
F/C   10  GARY DENSHAM        0.649          5.123  281.77* 
F/C  347  TIM WILKERSON       0.566         17.994   63.80  
   Densham makes the best run so far in this 2nd round of   
   F/C qualifying. Wilkerson aborted early                  
F/C    4  AL HOFMANN          0.530         11.182   72.97  
F/C    3  CRUZ PEDREGON       0.503          5.714  172.28  
   Hofmann made a strong move towards the left retaining    
   wall and clicked off. Pedregon also clicked off early    
F/C  209  WHIT BAZEMORE       0.550          5.234  244.69  
F/C    1  JOHN FORCE          0.526          4.913  298.40  
   THE BEST RUN OF THE NIGHT from the exhausted John        
   Force. Not a bad run from Bazemore                       
F/C  305  DEAN SKUZA          0.553          5.468  197.32* 
      single                                                
   Nice run from Skuza though got awfull close to the       
   left retsining wall                                      
                                                            
Funny Car Qualifying List After Session 2, Friday           
1997 NHRA Pennzoil Nationals by Stephen/Joe                 
Pos Name                 Number     E.T.  Speed  When       
  1 JOHN FORCE           F/C    1   4.913 298.40  Fri2      
  2 TONY PEDREGON        F/C    2   5.094 291.35  Fri1      
  3 CHUCK ETCHELLS       F/C    5   5.105 293.73  Fri1      
  4 GARY DENSHAM         F/C   10   5.123 281.77  Fri2      
  5 RANDY ANDERSON       F/C  700   5.128 262.69  Fri2      
  6 CRUZ PEDREGON        F/C    3   5.143 282.22  Fri1      
  7 KENJI OKAZAKI        F/C    8   5.167 281.07  Fri1      
  8 CORY LEE             F/C  720   5.181 270.27  Fri2      
  9 WHIT BAZEMORE        F/C  209   5.234 283.73  Fri1      
 10 DEAN SKUZA           F/C  305   5.325 225.45  Fri1      
 11 RON CAPPS            F/C   28   5.191 271.49  Fri2      
 12 AL HOFMANN           F/C    4   5.460 199.77  Fri1      
 13 RAY HIGLEY           F/C  711   5.469 153.63  Fri1      
 14 TIM WILKERSON        F/C  347   9.224  98.72  Fri1      
 15 MARK OSWALD          F/C    6  10.572  77.02  Fri1      
 16 GARY BOLGER          F/C  395  11.918  70.48  Fri1      
 17 DEL WORSHAM          F/C    7  12.116  62.88  Fri1      
Saturday-Session 1 - Funny Car            -Left lane first- 
1997 NHRA Pennzoil Nationals by Stephen/Joe                 
                                                            
Number    Driver               R/T           E.T.   Speed   
F/C  395  GARY BOLGER         0.595          5.605  259.51* 
F/C    7  DEL WORSHAM         0.625         10.795   79.72  
   Del made a violent move towards the right retaining      
   wall and wisely clicked off. O:K run for Bolger          
F/C    5  CHUCK ETCHELLS      0.545          5.174  237.40* 
F/C   10  GARY DENSHAM        0.592          5.237  275.06  
   Nice, clean runs for both until near the top end. Some   
   smoke from Densham...possibly dropped cylinders          
F/C    8  KENJI OKAZAKI       0.479         10.979   81.31  
F/C    4  AL HOFMANN          0.585          5.174  259.51  
   Kenji has tire shake and aborts about 100 feet out.      
   Lots of smoke out of Hofmann's car near the top end      
F/C  347  TIM WILKERSON       0.610         14.281   79.70* 
F/C  209  WHIT BAZEMORE       0.525         14.867   69.88  
   Both Wilkerson and Bazemore go up in smoke righ off the  
   pad                                                      
F/C    3  CRUZ PEDREGON       0.524          5.486  192.14  
F/C  305  DEAN SKUZA          0.508          5.355  213.21  
   Not much improvement for either Skuza or Cruz            
   .                                                        
F/C  711  RAY HIGLEY          0.587          8.568   94.27  
F/C   28  RON CAPPS           0.559          5.330  262.54  
   Ron Capps remains at the #10 spot as Higley gets out of  
   shape and clicks off                                     
F/C    1  JOHN FORCE          0.511          5.504  190.23  
F/C    6  MARK OSWALD         0.564          5.420  213.77  
   Neither Force nor Oswald make stellar runs. Force        
   remains the #1 qualifier                                 
F/C    2  TONY PEDREGON       0.524         14.911   70.32* 
      single                                                
   Tony blows the tires and aborts the run                  
   .                                                        
F/C  700  RANDY ANDERSON      0.631          5.646  185.83* 
      single                                                
   Randy hazes the tiresat half track and pretty much       
   aborts the run                                           
Funny Car Qualifying List After Session 1, Saturday         
1997 NHRA Pennzoil Nationals by Stephen/Joe                 
Pos Name                 Number     E.T.  Speed  When       
  1 JOHN FORCE           F/C    1   4.913 298.40  Fri2      
  2 TONY PEDREGON        F/C    2   5.094 291.35  Fri1      
  3 CHUCK ETCHELLS       F/C    5   5.105 293.73  Fri1      
  4 GARY DENSHAM         F/C   10   5.123 281.77  Fri2      
  5 RANDY ANDERSON       F/C  700   5.128 262.69  Fri2      
  6 CRUZ PEDREGON        F/C    3   5.143 282.22  Fri1      
  7 KENJI OKAZAKI        F/C    8   5.167 281.07  Fri1      
  8 AL HOFMANN           F/C    4   5.174 259.51   Sat1     
  9 CORY LEE             F/C  720   5.181 270.27  Fri2      
 10 WHIT BAZEMORE        F/C  209   5.234 283.73  Fri1      
 11 DEAN SKUZA           F/C  305   5.325 225.45  Fri1      
 12 RON CAPPS            F/C   28   5.191 271.49  Fri1      
 13 MARK OSWALD          F/C    6   5.420 213.77   Sat1     
 14 RAY HIGLEY           F/C  711   5.469 153.63  Fri1      
 15 GARY BOLGER          F/C  395   5.605 259.51   Sat1     
 16 TIM WILKERSON        F/C  347   9.224  98.72  Fri1      
 17 DEL WORSHAM          F/C    7  10.795  79.72   Sat1     
Saturday-Session 2 - Funny Car            -Left lane first- 
1997 NHRA Pennzoil Nationals by Stephen/Joe                 
                                                            
Number    Driver               R/T           E.T.   Speed   
F/C  209  WHIT BAZEMORE       0.570          5.234  167.81* 
F/C    8  KENJI OKAZAKI       0.489          5.167  281.07  
   Bazemore hazes the tires, back-pedals, recovers and      
   goes up in smoke again. Kenji has problems and aborts    
F/C  305  DEAN SKUZA          0.539          5.192  290.22* 
F/C  347  TIM WILKERSON       0.687          5.304  258.76  
   Not real great runs from either cars. Skuza remains at   
   #10 and Wilkerson is in the #12 spot                     
F/C   28  RON CAPPS           0.536          5.330   71.98  
F/C    3  CRUZ PEDREGON       0.501          5.037  290.88  
   Real nice pass from Cruz puts him in the #2 spot...      
   for now. Capps gets out of shape and clicks off          
F/C    6  MARK OSWALD         0.577          5.155  300.30  
F/C  711  RAY HIGLEY          5.605          5.014  299.80  
   How about RAY HIGLEY!!! He grabs the #2 spot right       
   under John Force. What a terrific run!                   
F/C    7  DEL WORSHAM         0.647          7.283  128.15  
F/C    1  JOHN FORCE          0.509          4.913  302.01  
   Force will remain as the #1 qualifier as Del gets out    
   of shape and DOES NOT qualify for this event             
      single                                                
F/C    2  TONY PEDREGON       0.500          5.041  303.74  
   Tony will stay in the #4 spot                            
   .                                                        
      single                                                
F/C  700  RANDY ANDERSON      0.637          5.128  298.50  
   Randy will remain at the #7 spot                         
   .                                                        
      single                                                
F/C    5  CHUCK ETCHELLS      0.549          5.029  304.67  
   Etchells moves from the #5 spot to the #3 spot. Bolger   
   finishes the field at #16                                
                                                            
Funny Car Qualifying List After Session 2, Saturday         
1997 NHRA Pennzoil Nationals by Stephen/Joe                 
Pos Name                 Number     E.T.  Speed  When       
  1 JOHN FORCE           F/C    1   4.913 302.01   Sat2     
  2 RAY HIGLEY           F/C  711   5.014 299.80   Sat2     
  3 CHUCK ETCHELLS       F/C    5   5.029 304.67   Sat2     
  4 CRUZ PEDREGON        F/C    3   5.037 290.88   Sat2     
  5 TONY PEDREGON        F/C    2   5.041 303.74   Sat2     
  6 GARY DENSHAM         F/C   10   5.123 281.77  Fri2      
  7 RANDY ANDERSON       F/C  700   5.128 298.50   Sat2     
  8 MARK OSWALD          F/C    6   5.155 300.30   Sat2     
  9 KENJI OKAZAKI        F/C    8   5.167 281.07  Fri1      
 10 AL HOFMANN           F/C    4   5.174 259.51   Sat1     
 11 CORY LEE             F/C  720   5.181 270.27  Fri2      
 12 DEAN SKUZA           F/C  305   5.192 290.22  Fri1      
 13 WHIT BAZEMORE        F/C  209   5.234 283.73  Fri1      
 14 TIM WILKERSON        F/C  347   5.304 258.76   Sat2     
 15 RON CAPPS            F/C   28   5.330 262.54   Sat1     
 16 GARY BOLGER          F/C  395   5.605 259.51   Sat1     
 17 DEL WORSHAM          F/C    7   7.283 128.15   Sat2 

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