Tucson Sunday test session 2002-01-27

Sunday's NHRA Test Session At Tucson TUCSON, Ariz. - John Force led all Funny Car competitors Sunday at the pre-season test session at Southwestern International Raceway. NHRA teams are utilizing the test session to prepare for the NHRA ...

Sunday's NHRA Test Session At Tucson

TUCSON, Ariz. - John Force led all Funny Car competitors Sunday at the pre-season test session at Southwestern International Raceway. NHRA teams are utilizing the test session to prepare for the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, which will begin with the 42nd annual K&N Filters Winternationals, Feb. 7-10, at Pomona (Calif.) Raceway, the first of 23 events in the $50 million series.

Force blasted his Castrol GTX Ford Mustang down the quarter-mile in 4.824 seconds at 321.35 mph for the best Funny Car run during the four-day test session. Dean Skuza made his best run of the weekend when he clocked a pass of 4.994 at 256.21 as he shut his Mopar Parts Dodge Stratus off before the finish line. The two-car Checker Schuck's Kragen team was led by newcomer Johnny Gray who made a run of 5.017 at 321.35 in his Pontiac Firebird.

Kenny Bernstein, the defending NHRA Top Fuel champion, powered his Budweiser King dragster down the track in 4.693 at 312.50 to close testing. His best pass of the session came earlier in the weekend when he recorded a 4.603 at 319.37. Clay Millican made the best Top Fuel run of the day as he clocked a 4.645 at 318.77 in his Werner Enterprises dragster while Doug Herbert's Snap-on dragster sped to a 4.657 at 311.27 for his quickest time of the weekend.

George Marnell notched his best Pro Stock pass as his Marnell Racing Pontiac Grand Am notched a pass of 7.066 at 194.60.

Run-By-Run Summary For Sunday Testing:


10:28 AM  Tony Pedregon becomes the first Pro car to make a Sunday attempt.  Again,
Tony has to step off the pedal at about 330.  Short numbers: .878 and 2.411.

10:33 AM John Force follows his Tony to the starting line. They are still running all the Pro cars out of the right lane only. John makes a full pass and sets Top Speed of the event: .876, 2.301, 3.312/253.28, 4.132, 4.824/321.35.

11:14 AM And Johnny Gray is next out of the chute in the unlettered CSK Blue entry. Gray rattles the tires loose before sixty feet and cards a .905 short time.

11:22 AM Gary Densham is pulling into the bleach box and is ready to go. Densham has made several short shots but hasn't managed a full pass to this point. This time he stays with it until about 800 feet as the Mustang was starting to get loose. Times: .894, 2.320, 3.331/241.20, 4.290, 5.316/201.91.

11:59 AM  It's Del Worsham out in the CSK Red racer. Del Gets almost to the sixty
foot marker before he rattles the tires loose.  .910 short number.

12:39 PM Tony Pedregon is back for another hit. Tony has to step off the pedal before 330 but gets back into it to finish the run: .890, 2.388, 3.431/245.09, 4.366, 5.371/206.32.

12:59 PM John Force is back to follow up on his earlier 4.82/321 at 10:30 this morning. Force makes another full pass but the Mustang was mixing cylinders before the lights and the cloud of smoke says that the engine was eating parts at the finish: .873, 2.310, 3.317/254.14, 4.138, 4.873/283.01.

1:11 PM Dean Skuza makes his first appearance this Sunday. Skuza is sneaking up on the numbers with his brand new Dodge and took it to 1000 feet yesterday. Today he strikes the tires just after sixty feet so that's the only number that will count: .897

1:44 PM We were down for some problems with the tree but Del Worsham is finally told to light it up. Worsham cards a .894 short number and then rattled the tires loose.

1:50 PM Johnny Gray is up next for another CSK attempt. Gray cards a shutoff .916, 2.352, 3.401/239.44, 4.293, 5.145/243.72.

1:54 PM It's Gary Densham up next. Densham makes it almost to the 330 marker before he blew the tires off. Short time was .887.

2:31 PM Tony Pedregon lights it off. Tony begins eating engine parts at around 1000 feet. The run nets : .892, 2.338, 3.379/241.71, 4.255, 5.021/278.75.

3:21 PM It's Gary Densham, again. Still looking for their first full run of the weekend. Gary leaves hard, .881, but smokes the tires before 330.

3:43 PM Del Worsham is back for another attempt. Worsham cards a .901 before he goes up in smoke.

3:46 PM Dean Skuza will make another attempt in his Stratus. Much better this time. Dean is off the pedal around 1000 feet: .886, 2.318, 3.338/247.66, 4.192, 4.994/256.21.

4:02 PM Time for Johnny Gray to take another shot a Southwestern Raceway. Gray's ride was a bus at the hit but ran pretty well down track: .937, 2.375, 3.407/243.46, 4.274, 5.017/301.13.

5:45 PM Dean Skuza will make the final pass of the weekend. Skuza gets to 1000 feet and clicks it off. Numbers: .887, 2.321, 3.325/253.14, 4.217, 5.178/214.66.


10:38 AM Doug Herbert becomes the first Top Fuel car of the day. Herbert will most likely only make one today as he has a flight out at 1:00 PM. Another full pass for the red car: .849, 2.164, 3.123/260.97, 3.944, 4.657/311.27.

10:59 AM Wyatt Radke is up next in the former Bobby Baldwin Top Fueler. Radke leaves hard and stays with it all the way to the finish. At about 900 feet the engine erupts into flames that continued all the way past the finish. Hope he didn 't burn the chutes off the car. .882, 2.254, 3.254/246.21, 4.136, 4.917/281.66.

11:42 AM Ken Zeal is attempting to finish off his license requirements and he needs a pass over 275 mph in the Bill Miller entry. Zeal won't get it on this one as it sounded like the engine was nosing over before half track: .904, 2.318, 3.502/202.39, 4.558, 5.459/237.38.

11:46 AM Clay Millican makes his first of the day. Millican makes a full pass with just a bit of smoke at the finish: .840, 2.188, 3.169/256.60, 3.994, 4.708/308.43.

11:55 AM Kenny Bernstein is about to make his first hit of the day. Yesterday the red car had low ET and Top Speed of the day. Today he shakes the tires after the hit and the only good number is the sixty foot, .849.

12:17 PM Ok, I lied. Doug Herbert has found time to make one more today. Herbert makes a full pass and it nets him: .859, 2.192, 3.152/260.06, 3.980, 4.706/302.96.

2:12 PM And the big red car of Kenny Bernstein is ready to make another attempt. Bernstein still has low ET of the weekend but Force has Top Speed. This time a blower belt leaves the car just before half track: .862, 2.192, 3.162/248.92 at half track.

2:35 PM Clay Millican comes around for another attempt. Millican makes a full pass and has his best of the weekend: .851, 2.205, 3.169/265.64, 3.961, 4.645/318.77.

3:18 Ken Zeal will make another attempt to get his ticket. He still needs the minimum speed of 275 mph. Zeal: .892, 2.300, 3.293/254.76, 4.129, 4.865/298.60. Zeal gets his card punched and will be welcomed into the Top Fuel drivers club.

4:27 PM Another hit From Bernstein. Kenny runs his Sunday best: .859, 2.198, 3.162/259.86, 3.984, 4.693/312.50.


10:51 AM The lone Pro Stocker of the weekend is back. George Marnell has made several passes this weekend. His Grand Am has been a bracket car this weekend. Times: 1.031, 2.941, 4.539/153.98, 5.916, 7.077/194.16.

12:44 PM and George Marnell takes the stage. Marnell has run a bunch of 7.07's this weekend. This time: 1.045, 2.958, 4.559/153.58, 5.940, 7.106/193.49.

2:50 PM Marnell is back. He cards a : 1.045, 2.969 and 4.573/153.46. Timing cleared the screen but it was slower than all his previous runs.

4:13 PM Marnell for one more.  He is turning this into a roundy round event.  This
time: 1.033, 2.936, 4.534/154.07, 5.908, 7.066/194.60.  His best since Friday.

*Run-by-run results provided by FastNews Network


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Series NHRA
Drivers Doug Herbert , Clay Millican , Kenny Bernstein , Tony Pedregon , Dean Skuza , Del Worsham , John Force , Gary Densham , George Marnell , Johnny Gray