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Friday

Results for Qualifying Round 1
LAS VEGAS - LAS VEGAS 2 - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Funny Car at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, Ninth annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, and position in order following run:
 
      Left Lane: Jeff Diehl       Runs 4.439/221.13, Now #1
2:27 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 74 degrees, relative humidity 22 percent, barometer 28.00 inches, adjusted altitude 3,568 feet, track temperature 92 degrees.

Diehl was on a decent pass then the car nosed over about 800 feet out.

      Left Lane: Grant Downing    Runs 4.323/245.32, Now #1
     Right Lane: Bob Bode         Runs 5.621/126.74, Now #3
Bode gets about 300 feet out, strikes the tires, then backs off the throttle. No problems for Downing, right down the middle of the lane.
      Left Lane: Gary Densham     Runs 5.273/139.86, Now #3
     Right Lane: Jim Head         No Time, Now #5
Densham gets about 300 feet out, strikes the tires, then clicks it off. Head gets out of the groove about 300 feet out then makes a hard move to the left and takes out the 330 foot timing block.
      Left Lane: Jerry Toliver    Runs 5.405/118.03, Now #4
     Right Lane: Jeff Arend       Runs 7.608/87.49, Now #6
Arend gets about 300 feet out and strikes the tires; Toliver just a little further than goes up in smoke.
      Left Lane: Matt Hagan       Runs 4.134/306.12, Now #1
     Right Lane: Cruz Pedregon    Runs 7.281/82.72, Now #7
Pedregon gets about 200 feet out and goes up in smoke. hagan makes a tremendous run, right down the groove, not a hint of tire smoke and he takes the early pole.
      Left Lane: Mike Neff        Runs 4.184/299.66, Now #2
     Right Lane: John Force       Runs 4.185/302.28, Now #3
A good side by side, Neff and Force were glued together all the way through the run.
      Left Lane: Del Worsham      Runs 4.155/306.12, Now #3
     Right Lane: Bob Tasca III    Runs 4.136/307.02, Now #2
A couple of good passes, both go right down the groove and get in the second and third spots.
      Left Lane: Jack Beckman     Runs 4.121/305.01, Now #1
     Right Lane: Tim Wilkerson    Runs 4.163/292.77, Now #5
Beckman goes right down the groove and takes the top spot for now. Wilkerson makes a decent pass.
      Left Lane: Ron Capps        Runs 5.578/126.09, Now #13
     Right Lane: Tony Pedregon    Runs 4.133/304.74, Now #2
Capps gets about 300 feet out, strikes the tires, then backs off the throttle. Pedregon makes a good pass to get in the second spot for now.
      Left Lane: A. Force Hood    Runs 4.163/303.23, Now #7
     Right Lane: Robert Hight     Runs 4.090/305.42, Now #1
Force-Hood was moving around all the way through the run, first making a quick move to the right, then back to the left, but she never backs off the throttle and makes a decent pass. hight makes a very impressive run, right down the groove, and he takes the top spot and picks up the three bonus points.

       

Friday

Order for Qualifying Round 1
LAS VEGAS - SUMMIT FastNews - Order after one round of qualifying in Funny Car at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, Ninth annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals:
 Psn  Driver               Vehicle                            ET   Speed
   1. Robert Hight         AAA of So. Cal Mustang          4.090  305.42 
   2. Jack Beckman         Valvoline/MTS Charger           4.121  305.01 
   3. Tony Pedregon        Quaker State Impala             4.133  304.74 
   4. Matt Hagan           Fram/Shelor Charger             4.134  306.12 
   5. Bob Tasca III        Motorcraft/Quick Lane Mustang   4.136  307.02 
   6. Del Worsham          Al-Anabi Racing Solara          4.155  306.12 
   7. Ashley Force Hood    Castrol GTX Mustang             4.163  303.23 
   8. Tim Wilkerson        Levi, Ray & Shoup Mustang       4.163  292.77 
   9. Mike Neff            JFR/Ford Mustang                4.184  299.66 
  10. John Force           Castrol GTX Mustang             4.185  302.28 
  11. Grant Downing        Need2Speed Monte Carlo          4.323  245.32 
  12. Jeff Diehl           Nitroagogo.com Monte Carlo      4.439  221.13 
          --------- Not Qualified ---------
  13. Gary Densham         Impala                          5.273  139.86 
  14. Jerry Toliver        Canidae Pet Food Impala         5.405  118.03 
  15. Ron Capps            NAPA Auto Parts Charger         5.578  126.09 
  16. Bob Bode             Alard Machine Products Impala   5.621  126.74 
  17. Cruz Pedregon        Advance Auto Parts Solara       7.281   82.72 
  18. Jeff Arend           DHL Solara                      7.608   87.49 
  19. Jim Head             Head Racing Solara               DQ   

Friday

Results for Qualifying Round 2
LAS VEGAS - LAS VEGAS 2 - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Funny Car at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, Ninth annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals listing lane, driver name, elapsed time/top speed this round, position in order following run, best prior elapsed time/speed, and position in order prior to run:
 
      Left Lane: Jim Head         Runs 4.132/305.84, Now #4
                                  No Prior Run
     Right Lane: Ron Capps        Runs 4.041/310.55, Now #1
                                  Best prior run: 5.578/126.09, Was #15
6:02 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 71 degrees, relative humidity 22 percent, barometer 27.98 inches, adjusted altitude 3,355 feet, track temperature 76 degrees.

Capps make a great pass here, the seventh quickest run ever and setting both the track ET and speed record to take the top spot.

     Right Lane: Jerry Toliver    Runs 4.241/279.15, Now #13
                                  Best prior run: 5.405/118.03, Was #16 
Toliver keeps the slicks stuck this pass and moves up to the 13th spot.
      Left Lane: Jeff Arend       Runs 11.364/81.23, Now #19
                                  Best prior run: 7.608/87.49, Was #19
     Right Lane: Gary Densham     Runs 4.167/290.76, Now #11
                                  Best prior run: 5.273/139.86, Was #16 
Arend goes up in smoke at the hit and backs off the throttle. No traction problems for Densham this time and he gets in the show in the 11th spot for now.
      Left Lane: Cruz Pedregon    Runs 4.114/305.98, Now #3
                                  Best prior run: 7.281/82.72, Was #18
     Right Lane: Jeff Diehl       Runs 6.754/107.87, Now #17
                                  Best prior run: 4.439/221.13, Was #16 
Diehl rattles the tires early then goes up in smoke about 200 feet out. Pedregon went up in smoke in the first round but keeps the slicks stuck here on a clean run, right down the groove.
      Left Lane: Bob Bode         Runs 6.571/103.53, Now #18
                                  Best prior run: 5.621/126.74, Was #18
     Right Lane: Grant Downing    Runs 8.129/86.40, Now #16
                                  Best prior run: 4.323/245.32, Was #16 
0 for 2 on this one, both up in smoke early, Downing about 200 feet out, then Bode right after about 300 feet out.
      Left Lane: John Force       Runs 4.144/293.09, Now #10
                                  Best prior run: 4.185/302.28, Was #14
     Right Lane: Mike Neff        Runs 4.128/302.62, Now #5
                                  Best prior run: 4.184/299.66, Was #13 
A couple of good looking passes, both right down the middle of the groove, header flames high and steady all the way through the run. Force improves and moves up to the tenth spot, Neff moves all the way to the fifth spot for now.
      Left Lane: Tim Wilkerson    Runs 4.116/297.22, Now #4
                                  Best prior run: 4.163/292.77, Was #13
     Right Lane: A. Force Hood    Runs 4.211/288.64, Now #13
                                  Best prior run: 4.163/303.23, Was #12 
Wilkerson was on a really good run, then started mixing up cylinders about 800 feet out and drifting to the right. Force-Hood gets out of the groove late in the run and crosses the center line after the finish line. She slows from her earlier pass and gets bumped out of the field by Wilkerson.
      Left Lane: Bob Tasca III    Runs 4.107/307.02, Now #3
                                  Best prior run: 4.136/307.02, Was #10
     Right Lane: Del Worsham      Runs 5.056/150.35, Now #12
                                  Best prior run: 4.155/306.12, Was #12 
Worsham got out of the groove early, fought to get it back to the middle of his lane, but spun the tires a little and slowed. Tasca goes right down the groove with the second quickest pass of the round so far and moves all the way to the third spot for now.
      Left Lane: Tony Pedregon    Runs 4.098/309.20, Now #4
                                  Best prior run: 4.133/304.74, Was #9
     Right Lane: Matt Hagan       Runs 4.030/313.88, Now #1
                                  Best prior run: 4.134/306.12, Was #10 
Hagan makes a great pass, a career best, the fastest speed ever at 1000 feet, and the 4.030 is the fourth quickest ever. Pedregon makes a good pass himself, the third quickest of this session, and he moves from the ninth spot to the fourth spot for now.
      Left Lane: Robert Hight     Runs 4.065/308.71, Now #3
                                  Best prior run: 4.090/305.42, Was #3
     Right Lane: Jack Beckman     Runs 4.118/304.87, Now #8
                                  Best prior run: 4.121/305.01, Was #8 
Hight makes a good run here, the third quickest of the session to pick up another bonus point. Beckman improves a little but not enough to move up in the order.

       

Friday

Order for Qualifying Round 2
LAS VEGAS - SUMMIT FastNews - Order after 2 rounds of qualifying in Funny Car at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, Ninth annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals:
 Psn  Driver               Vehicle                            ET   Speed
   1. Matt Hagan           Fram/Shelor Charger             4.030@ 313.88&
   2. Ron Capps            NAPA Auto Parts Charger         4.041  310.55 
   3. Robert Hight         AAA of So. Cal Mustang          4.065  308.71 
   4. Tony Pedregon        Quaker State Impala             4.098  309.20 
   5. Bob Tasca III        Motorcraft/Quick Lane Mustang   4.107  307.02 
   6. Cruz Pedregon        Advance Auto Parts Solara       4.114  305.98 
   7. Tim Wilkerson        Levi, Ray & Shoup Mustang       4.116  297.22 
   8. Jack Beckman         Valvoline/MTS Charger           4.118  305.01 
   9. Mike Neff            JFR/Ford Mustang                4.128  302.62 
  10. Jim Head             Head Racing Solara              4.132  305.84 
  11. John Force           Castrol GTX Mustang             4.144  302.28 
  12. Del Worsham          Al-Anabi Racing Solara          4.155  306.12 
          --------- Not Qualified ---------
  13. Ashley Force Hood    Castrol GTX Mustang             4.163  303.23 
  14. Gary Densham         Impala                          4.167  290.76 
  15. Jerry Toliver        Canidae Pet Food Impala         4.241  279.15 
  16. Grant Downing        Need2Speed Monte Carlo          4.323  245.32 
  17. Jeff Diehl           Nitroagogo.com Monte Carlo      4.439  221.13 
  18. Bob Bode             Alard Machine Products Impala   5.621  126.74 
  19. Jeff Arend           DHL Solara                      7.608   87.49 
 @ = Track ET Record

       

Saturday

Results for Qualifying Round 3
LAS VEGAS - LAS VEGAS 2 - Notes from round 3 qualifying in Funny Car at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, Ninth annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals listing lane, driver name, elapsed time/top speed this round, position in order following run, best prior elapsed time/speed, and position in order prior to run:
 
     Right Lane: Grant Downing    Runs 13.245/65.07, Now #16
                                  Best prior run: 4.323/245.32, Was #16
1:38 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 75 degrees, relative humidity 24 percent, barometer 28.02 inches, adjusted altitude 3,721 feet, track temperature 98 degrees.

Downing goes up in smoke as soon as he hits the throttle.

     Right Lane: Grant Downing    Runs 13.245/65.07, Now #13
                                  No Prior Run
1:42 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 75 degrees, relative humidity 24 percent, barometer 28.02 inches, adjusted altitude 3,721 feet, track temperature 98 degrees.

Downing goes up in smoke as soon as he hits the throttle.

      Left Lane: Jeff Arend       Runs 5.423/133.38, Now #14
                                  No Prior Run
     Right Lane: Jeff Diehl       Runs 4.254/291.89, Now #13
                                  No Prior Run 
Arend gets about 400 feet out, strikes the tires and backs off the throttle. He will get in the show for now in the 14th spot. Diehl makes a clean pass and gets in at the 13th spot for now.
      Left Lane: Bob Bode         Runs 4.281/262.85, Now #14
                                  No Prior Run
     Right Lane: Del Worsham      Runs 4.947/157.69, Now #12
                                  Best prior run: 4.155/306.12, Was #12 
Worsham was on a decent pass but hazed the tires about 600 feet out and backed off the throttle. Bode makes a decent pass but put out a little smoke as he went through the lights.
      Left Lane: John Force       Runs 4.362/275.34, Now #11
                                  Best prior run: 4.144/293.09, Was #11
     Right Lane: Jerry Toliver    Runs 7.074/94.22, Now #16
                                  No Prior Run 
Toliver gets about 400 feet out, hazes the tires and backs off the throttle but he gets in on the bump for now. Force was on a decent run, then hazes the tires, pedals, starts moving around all over the track, but stays on the throttle.
      Left Lane: Jim Head         Runs 4.168/290.82, Now #10
                                  Best prior run: 4.132/305.84, Was #10
     Right Lane: A. Force Hood    Runs 4.269/289.38, Now #14
                                  No Prior Run 
Force-Hood had a cylinder out all the way through the run but she runs well enough to get in the show for now. Head makes a clean, straight pass but doesn't improve.
      Left Lane: Tim Wilkerson    Runs 4.628/181.18, Now #7
                                  Best prior run: 4.116/297.22, Was #7
     Right Lane: Gary Densham     Runs 4.197/288.64, Now #13
                                  No Prior Run 
Densham makes a nice, clean run here and gets in the show in the 13th spot for now. Wilkerson was out in front of Densham until the 660 foot mark, then he hazes the tires, starts to get out of shape, then backs off the throttle.
      Left Lane: Cruz Pedregon    Runs 4.161/305.36, Now #6
                                  Best prior run: 4.114/305.98, Was #6
     Right Lane: Mike Neff        Runs 6.261/103.01, Now #9
                                  Best prior run: 4.128/302.62, Was #9 
Neff gets about 20 feet out, strikes the tires, then gives up on the run. Pedregon goes right down the groove with the quickest pass of the round so far.
      Left Lane: Bob Tasca III    Runs 4.932/160.82, Now #5
                                  Best prior run: 4.107/307.02, Was #5
     Right Lane: Jack Beckman     Runs 4.171/298.80, Now #8
                                  Best prior run: 4.118/304.87, Was #8 
Beckman makes a decent pass, the third quickest of the round so far, but he doesn't improve. Tasca was a little ahead of Beckman at the 330, then starts hazing the tires about 500 feet out and has to give up on the run.
      Left Lane: Tony Pedregon    Runs 4.182/301.81, Now #4
                                  Best prior run: 4.098/309.20, Was #4
     Right Lane: Ron Capps        Runs 5.934/111.35, Now #2
                                  Best prior run: 4.041/310.55, Was #2 
Capps gets about 300 feet out and goes up in smoke. pedregon makes a decent pass for the conditions but doesn't improve.
      Left Lane: Robert Hight     Runs 5.376/134.79, Now #3
                                  Best prior run: 4.065/308.71, Was #3
     Right Lane: Matt Hagan       Runs 4.153/305.08, Now #1
                                  Best prior run: 4.030/313.88, Was #1 
Hight gets about 400 feet out and strikes the tires. Hagan makes another nice pass but doesn't improve.

Hagan, Cruz Pedregon and Head pick up the bonus points this round.


       

Saturday

Order for Qualifying Round 3
LAS VEGAS - SUMMIT FastNews - Order after 3 rounds of qualifying in Funny Car at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, Ninth annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals:
 Psn  Driver               Vehicle                            ET   Speed
   1. Matt Hagan           Fram/Shelor Charger             4.030  313.88 
   2. Ron Capps            NAPA Auto Parts Charger         4.041  310.55 
   3. Robert Hight         AAA of So. Cal Mustang          4.065  308.71 
   4. Tony Pedregon        Quaker State Impala             4.098  309.20 
   5. Bob Tasca III        Motorcraft/Quick Lane Mustang   4.107  307.02 
   6. Cruz Pedregon        Advance Auto Parts Solara       4.114  305.98 
   7. Tim Wilkerson        Levi, Ray & Shoup Mustang       4.116  297.22 
   8. Jack Beckman         Valvoline/MTS Charger           4.118  305.01 
   9. Mike Neff            JFR/Ford Mustang                4.128  302.62 
  10. Jim Head             Head Racing Solara              4.132  305.84 
  11. John Force           Castrol GTX Mustang             4.144  302.28 
  12. Del Worsham          Al-Anabi Racing Solara          4.155  306.12 
  13. Gary Densham         Impala                          4.197  290.76 
  14. Jeff Diehl           Nitroagogo.com Monte Carlo      4.254  291.89 
  15. Ashley Force Hood    Castrol GTX Mustang             4.269  303.23 
  16. Bob Bode             Alard Machine Products Impala   4.281  262.85 
          --------- Not Qualified ---------
  17. Jeff Arend           DHL Solara                      5.423  133.38 
  18. Jerry Toliver        Canidae Pet Food Impala         7.074  279.15 
  19. Grant Downing        Need2Speed Monte Carlo         13.245  245.32 

Saturday

Results for Qualifying Round 4
LAS VEGAS - LAS VEGAS 2 - Notes from final, round 4 qualifying in Funny Car at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, Ninth annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals listing lane, driver name, elapsed time/top speed this round, position in order following run, best prior elapsed time/speed, and position in order prior to run:
 
      Left Lane: Grant Downing    Runs 4.211/291.89, Now #14
                                  Best prior run: 13.245/65.07, Was #19
5:45 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 75 degrees, relative humidity 27 percent, barometer 27.92 inches, adjusted altitude 3,795 feet, track temperature 77 degrees.

Downing hits the throttle, has to pedal about 200 feet out, then goes on through with his quickest pass of the weekend to get in the show for now.

      Left Lane: Jerry Toliver    No Time, Now #19
                                  Best prior run: 7.074/94.22, Was #19
     Right Lane: Jeff Arend       Runs 4.167/302.69, Now #13
                                  Best prior run: 5.423/133.38, Was #18 
Toliver went up in smoke just after he left the line and he had to give up on the run. He came to a stop before he passed the finish line and did not receive a time. Arend went right down the groove and gets in the show in the 13th spot for now, bumping out Force-Hood in the process.
      Left Lane: A. Force Hood    Runs 4.197/292.52, Now #14
                                  Best prior run: 4.269/289.38, Was #17
     Right Lane: Bob Bode         Runs 9.322/81.10, Now #18
                                  Best prior run: 4.281/262.85, Was #18 
Force-Hood is down to her last chance here after getting bumped out of the show. She goes right down the groove, candles lit all the way through the run to get back in the field in the 14th spot, bumping out Diehl. Bode goes up in smoke early and clicks it off.
      Left Lane: Jeff Diehl       Runs 4.224/296.70, Now #17
                                  Best prior run: 4.254/291.89, Was #17
     Right Lane: John Force       Runs 9.863/61.87, Now #11
                                  Best prior run: 4.144/293.09, Was #11 
Force goes up in smoke early and has to back off the throttle. Diehl makes a career best pass, both ET and speed, but it's not enough to get him back in the field.
     Right Lane: Jim Head         Runs 4.179/301.07, Now #10
                                  Best prior run: 4.132/305.84, Was #10 
Head makes a nice pass, right down the middle of the lane, header flames high and steady all the way through the run.
      Left Lane: Del Worsham      Runs 4.631/181.13, Now #12
                                  Best prior run: 4.155/306.12, Was #12
     Right Lane: Tim Wilkerson    Runs 4.219/281.54, Now #7
                                  Best prior run: 4.116/297.22, Was #7 
Worsham has problems late in the run and backs off the throttle. Wilkerson makes a decent pass but doesn't improve.
      Left Lane: Mike Neff        Runs 6.925/90.97, Now #9
                                  Best prior run: 4.128/302.62, Was #9
     Right Lane: Cruz Pedregon    Runs 7.009/89.00, Now #6
                                  Best prior run: 4.114/305.98, Was #6 
Neff and Pedregon leave the line, get about 300 feet out, and go up in smoke at the same time.
      Left Lane: Jack Beckman     Runs 5.604/129.17, Now #8
                                  Best prior run: 4.118/304.87, Was #8
     Right Lane: Bob Tasca III    Runs 4.130/303.98, Now #5
                                  Best prior run: 4.107/307.02, Was #5 
Beckman gets to the 330 foot mark, strikes the tires and gives up on the run. Tasca goes right down the groove with the quickest pass of the round so far.
      Left Lane: Ron Capps        Runs 5.809/117.67, Now #2
                                  Best prior run: 4.041/310.55, Was #2
     Right Lane: Tony Pedregon    Runs 4.113/306.12, Now #4
                                  Best prior run: 4.098/309.20, Was #4 
Capps gets about 300 feet out and goes up in smoke. Pedregon makes the quickest pass of the session so far but doesn't improve.
      Left Lane: Matt Hagan       Runs 10.508/72.36, Now #1
                                  Best prior run: 4.030/313.88, Was #1
     Right Lane: Robert Hight     Runs 4.089/305.49, Now #3
                                  Best prior run: 4.065/308.71, Was #3 
Hagan gets about 300 feet out and goes up in smoke. Hight makes a great pass here, the quickest of the round, and he picks up three bonus points. The interesting point for tomorrow, he runs his team-mate Force-Hood in the first round. Tony Pedregon picks up two bonus points and Hagan gets one bonus point.

       

Saturday

Order for Qualifying Round 4
LAS VEGAS - SUMMIT FastNews - Final order after 4 rounds of qualifying in Funny Car at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, Ninth annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals:
 Psn  Driver               Vehicle                            ET   Speed
   1. Matt Hagan           Fram/Shelor Charger             4.030  313.88 
   2. Ron Capps            NAPA Auto Parts Charger         4.041  310.55 
   3. Robert Hight         AAA of So. Cal Mustang          4.065  308.71 
   4. Tony Pedregon        Quaker State Impala             4.098  309.20 
   5. Bob Tasca III        Motorcraft/Quick Lane Mustang   4.107  307.02 
   6. Cruz Pedregon        Advance Auto Parts Solara       4.114  305.98 
   7. Tim Wilkerson        Levi, Ray & Shoup Mustang       4.116  297.22 
   8. Jack Beckman         Valvoline/MTS Charger           4.118  305.01 
   9. Mike Neff            JFR/Ford Mustang                4.128  302.62 
  10. Jim Head             Head Racing Solara              4.132  305.84 
  11. John Force           Castrol GTX Mustang             4.144  302.28 
  12. Del Worsham          Al-Anabi Racing Solara          4.155  306.12 
  13. Jeff Arend           DHL Solara                      4.167  302.69 
  14. Ashley Force Hood    Castrol GTX Mustang             4.197  303.23 
  15. Gary Densham         Impala                          4.197  290.76 
  16. Grant Downing        Need2Speed Monte Carlo          4.211  291.89 
          --------- Not Qualified ---------
  17. Jeff Diehl           Nitroagogo.com Monte Carlo      4.224  296.70 
  18. Bob Bode             Alard Machine Products Impala   4.281  262.85 
  19. Jerry Toliver        Canidae Pet Food Impala         7.074  279.15 

Sunday

Results for Elimination Round 1
LAS VEGAS - SUMMIT FastNews - Results of round 1 eliminations in Funny Car at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, Ninth annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals:
 W/L  Driver                                     R-Time    E-Time  Speed
 
 (W) Tim Wilkerson (Levi, Ray & Shoup Mustang)   0.084      4.159 299.00
 (L) Jim Head (Head Racing Solara)               0.134      4.146 307.44
11:37 a.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 76 degrees, relative humidity 24 percent, barometer 28.00 inches, adjusted altitude 3,781 feet, track temperature 96 degrees.

Head holds a 3-1 advantage in head to head career match-ups with Wilkerson, 1-1 in the first round.

Wilkerson gets a big advantage off the line, then Head starts to make up ground after half-track but runs out room.

 (W) Del Worsham (Al-Anabi Racing Solara)        0.066      4.163 304.19
 (L) Bob Tasca III (Motorcraft/Quick Lane Mustan 0.079      5.057 162.63
Tasca and Worsham have faced each other four times, all in round one, and have split the matches.

Tasca comes off the line, gets about 400 feet out and goes up in smoke. Worsham goes right down the groove with a decent pass to take the win.

 (W) Matt Hagan (Fram/Shelor Charger)            0.097      4.131 303.50
 (L) Grant Downing (Need2Speed Monte Carlo)      0.103      4.244 284.21
These two have met only once before, in Denver earlier this year with Hagan winning that one. This is the second time Hagan has qualified number one.

Not much difference off the line for these two, then Hagan starts to slowly pull away. He continues to extend his lead all the way through the run and makes the quickest pass of the round so far for the win.

 (W) Ron Capps (NAPA Auto Parts Charger)         0.106      4.130 305.08
 (L) Gary Densham (Impala)                       0.110      4.208 292.52
These two have met 28 times in their careers with Capps winning 19 of those. He also holds a 10-5 advantage in first round match-ups.

Capps gets a small advantage off the line and slowly extends his lead all the way through the run. Densham made a decent pass but couldn't keep up with Capps.

 (W) Robert Hight (AAA of So. Cal Mustang)       0.071      4.114 309.06
 (L) Ashley Force Hood (Castrol GTX Mustang)     0.068      4.338 283.37
Hight holds a 5-3 advantage over Force-Hood in career natch-ups, 3-1 when they have met in the first round. They are currently first and second in the points with Hight holding a 25 point advantage

This one was close coming off the line but then it was all Hight. He starts pulling away slowly then quickly pulled away on the top end to take this important win.

Robert Hight's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(0.031), 330 ft(0.085), 660ft(0.152). MOV: 0.2215 seconds (approximately 92 feet).

 (W) Tony Pedregon (Quaker State Impala)         0.091      4.271 283.85
 (L) Jeff Arend (DHL Solara)                     0.054      4.331 280.89
Arend and Pedregon have met ten times with Pedregon winning six of those. He also holds a 5-2 advantage in first round match-ups.

Arend gets out of the gate first and hangs on to the lead to the 330 foot mark. Pedregon pulls even, then slowly starts to pull away. Pedregon loses a cylinder but is able to continue extending his lead and takes the win to keep pace with Hight.

Tony Pedregon's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.055), 330 ft(0.000), 660ft(0.016). MOV: 0.0231 seconds (approximately 10 feet).

 (W) John Force (Castrol GTX Mustang)            0.050      4.662 220.80
 (L) Cruz Pedregon (Advance Auto Parts Solara)   0.047      4.855 230.57
Force and Pedregon have met many times before with Force holding the advantage 53-25. Surprisingly, they have only met once this year with Force winning that one. the winner of this race will race Hight in the next round.

They come off the line together and Pedregon holds the early lead. pedregon gets about 200 feet and strikes the tires. Force gets a little further, about 400 feet out and they both start to pedal. Force has a little more momentum, is able to recover quicker, and goes on for the win.

John Force's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.008), 330 ft(0.199), 660ft(0.287). MOV: 0.1903 seconds (approximately 64 feet).

 (W) Jack Beckman (Valvoline/MTS Charger)        0.097      4.430 261.12
 (L) Mike Neff (JFR/Ford Mustang)                0.096      4.691 200.44
Another pedaling contest, Neff gets the early advantage then strikes the tires about 200 feet out. Beckman gets about 400 feet out, loses traction and starts to pedal. Both recover but Beckman was way out in front and held on to take the win.

Jack Beckman's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.024), 330 ft(-0.022), 660ft(0.081). MOV: 0.2602 seconds (approximately 76 feet).

In the next round it will be Hagan with lane choice over Beckman, Worsham vs. Tony Pedregon, Capps vs. Wilkerson, and Hight vs. Force.


       

Sunday

Results for Elimination Round 2
LAS VEGAS - SUMMIT FastNews - Results of round 2 eliminations in Funny Car at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, Ninth annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals:
 W/L  Driver                                     R-Time    E-Time  Speed
 
 (W) Jack Beckman (Valvoline/MTS Charger)        0.097      4.210 285.41
 (L) Matt Hagan (Fram/Shelor Charger)            0.092      4.242 287.35
1:33 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 79 degrees, relative humidity 21 percent, barometer 27.92 inches, adjusted altitude 3,988 feet, track temperature 97 degrees.

They came off the line together and Hagan put a cylinder out on the left side. He started drifting to the left but was able to hold it off the center line. Beckman got to half track, put out a cylinder on the left side and started drifting to the left. He goes through the lights, gets very close to the wall after the finsih line, but somehow beckman holds it off.

Jack Beckman's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(0.000), 330 ft(0.018), 660ft(0.027). MOV: 0.0272 seconds (approximately 11 feet).

 (W) Tim Wilkerson (Levi, Ray & Shoup Mustang)   0.096      4.163 301.40
 (L) Ron Capps (NAPA Auto Parts Charger)         0.104      4.157 303.78
This was a great side by side race, both going right down the groove, candles lit all the way through the run. Wilkerson gets off the line just a little ahead of Capps, then Capps closes the gap at half track. He continues reel in Wilkerson but runs out of race track.
 (W) Robert Hight (AAA of So. Cal Mustang)       0.118      4.125 309.42
 (L) John Force (Castrol GTX Mustang)            0.119      5.723 142.19
Force and Hight leave the line together then Force strikes the tires about 300 feet out. He pedals, starts skating around, then crosses the center line a little past the 660 foot mark. Hight goes right down the groove with the second quickest run of eliminations.
 (W) Del Worsham (Al-Anabi Racing Solara)        0.030      4.232 269.67
 (L) Tony Pedregon (Quaker State Impala)         0.086      4.176 303.64
Worsham gets a huge hole shot and starts to pull away, extending his lead to the 330 foot mark. Pedregon starts to reel him in at that point and closes the gap but comes up a litlle short.

Del Worsham's incremental margins: 60ft(0.069), 330 ft(0.077), 660ft(0.074). MOV: 0.0004 seconds (approximately 2 inches).


       

Sunday

Results for Elimination Round 3
LAS VEGAS - SUMMIT FastNews - Results of round 3 eliminations in Funny Car at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, Ninth annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals:
 W/L  Driver                                     R-Time    E-Time  Speed
 
 (W) Jack Beckman (Valvoline/MTS Charger)        0.083      4.359 262.90
 (L) Del Worsham (Al-Anabi Racing Solara)        0.006      8.613  77.85
3:24 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 84 degrees, relative humidity 21 percent, barometer 27.90 inches, adjusted altitude 4,392 feet, track temperature 89 degrees.

Beckman has an 8-1 advantage in match-ups with Worsham, 2-0 this year. Worsham hits the throttle, goes up in smoke and has to back off the throttle. Beckman was on a decent run but started mixing up cylinders late in the run.

 (W) Robert Hight (AAA of So. Cal Mustang)       0.095      4.080 312.57
 (L) Tim Wilkerson (Levi, Ray & Shoup Mustang)   0.088      4.233 285.41
Wilkerson gets off the line a little ahead of hight but that was about all. Hight drives around him quickly then goes right down the groove to pull away for the win and another 20 points added to his lead. The 312.57 speed for Hight is the second fastest in history for 1000 feet.

Hight will have lane choice over Beckman in the final round.


       

Sunday

Results for Final Round 
LAS VEGAS - SUMMIT FastNews - Results of final, round 4 eliminations in Funny Car at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, Ninth annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals:
 W/L  Driver                                     R-Time    E-Time  Speed
 
 (W) Robert Hight (AAA of So. Cal Mustang)       0.075      4.125 304.46
 (L) Jack Beckman (Valvoline/MTS Charger)        0.058      4.154 303.16
5:14 p.m. Beckman is 8-8 in final in final rounds, 2-2 this year. This is his second final round at this track. He won this event in 2006.

Hight is 13-12 in final rounds, 2-1 this year. He beat Beckman in one final round in Dallas earlier this year. Hight has the three quickest times in eliminations today.

Beckman gets out of the gate first and hangs on to the lead until just past the 330 foot mark. Hight was making up ground quickly and drove around him at that point. Hight kept the candles lit all the way through the run and pulled away for the win.

With this win Hight will have a 105 point lead over his team-mate Force-Hood going into the last race.

Robert Hight's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.024), 330 ft(-0.017), 660ft(0.004). MOV: 0.0127 seconds (approximately 6 feet).