Virginia Nationals finals (F/C)

[Our apologies for the two-week delay caused by Prodigy's news software] Sunday-Round 1 - Funny Car -Left lane first- 1996 NHRA Virgina Nationals by Steve/Joe ...

[Our apologies for the two-week delay caused by Prodigy's news software]

Sunday-Round 1 - Funny Car -Left lane first- 1996 NHRA Virgina Nationals by Steve/Joe Number Driver R/T E.T. Speed F/C 502 GLENN MIKRES 0.531 5.520 240.64 F/C 3 CRUZ PEDREGON 0.528 5.259 230.29W Pedragon takes the win but hurts the engine. Not a stellar reaction time either F/C 143 BRAD PLATT 0.670 5.323 238.72W F/C 702 TONY PEDREGON 0.529 5.564 269.78 Platt gets out of shape, but recovers and beats the troubled Tony Pedragon car. Platt's 1st "round" win! F/C 520 TOM HOOVER 0.568 5.962 165.68 F/C 1 JOHN FORCE 0.550 5.049 297.52W Hoover goes up in smoke(but did not loose the body!) Force registers a STRONG 504 with a 9! F/C 888 KENJI OKAZAKI 0.475 5.354 267.85 F/C 2 AL HOFMANN 0.553 5.077 292.49W Kenji has severe tire shake all the way down the track. STRONG run for Al. Watch out JOHN...Hoffmann's coming!! F/C 330 MARK OSWALD 0.523 5.278 264.00W F/C 4 CHUCK ETCHELLS 0.552 5.423 222.99 Etchells gets real close to the center line, corrects and goes up in smoke. Oswald looses traction but wins F/C 750 DEL WORSHAM 0.532 5.197 276.41W F/C 23 WHIT BAZEMORE 0.485 5.248 271.32 Bazemore had the holeshot but had engine problems near the top end. Del advances F/C 9 GARY DENSHAM 0.544 5.291 275.81W F/C 170 JEFF AREND 0.514 5.734 181.56 Arend had the holeshot but Densham had the power. . F/C 395 GARY BOLGER 0.539 5.536 206.18W F/C 6 DEAN SKUZA 0.474 6.832 140.31 Bolger grenades the engine in a fireball at half track BUT WINS! Skuza gets out of shape and crosses cent line

Sunday-Round 2 - Funny Car -Left lane first- 1996 NHRA Virgina Nationals by Steve/Joe Number Driver R/T E.T. Speed F/C 143 BRAD PLATT 0.579 5.635 192.43 F/C 330 MARK OSWALD 0.551 5.336 278.89W Oswald advance on the holeshot AND the driving skill of Oswald F/C 9 GARY DENSHAM 0.535 5.418 234.61 F/C 3 CRUZ PEDREGON 0.549 5.076 293.25W Pedragon advances to the 3rd round with this win over Densham F/C 395 GARY BOLGER No show F/C 1 JOHN FORCE 0.581 5.075 298.80W Bolger tried, with help from Bazemore and the Smokin' Joe's team, but couldn't make the call. Force advances F/C 750 DEL WORSHAM 0.528 5.166 284.09W F/C 2 AL HOFMANN 0.562 5.140 290.88 WORSHAM TAKES OUT HOFMANN ON THE HOLESHOT! Del has been improving with each race and round.

Sunday-Round 3 - Funny Car -Left lane first- 1996 NHRA Virgina Nationals by Steve/Joe Number Driver R/T E.T. Speed F/C 750 DEL WORSHAM 0.518 5.204 270.59 F/C 3 CRUZ PEDREGON 0.580 5.091 293.44W Worsham got a giant holeshot, but slowed and fireballed the engine at the finish line. Del is O:K. Down Time... F/C 330 MARK OSWALD 0.546 10.222 82.87 F/C 1 JOHN FORCE 0.540 5.141 294.02W Oswald goes up in smoke! Force has been in every final round this year so far!

Sunday-Round 4 - Funny Car -Left lane first- 1996 NHRA Virgina Nationals by Steve/Joe Number Driver R/T E.T. Speed F/C 1 JOHN FORCE 0.481 5.071 285.17W F/C 3 CRUZ PEDREGON 0.489 5.307 218.12 A deep-staged Pedregon tried every trick in the book but defending champ FORCE was just too much!!

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