Funny Car Qualifying Session 3

 

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Leading off the final flopper session was Brad Thomoson and Billy Morris.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Morris went straight to the #2 spot with a stout 5.631 at 255.29. Thompson jumped up to the #11 hole with a 5.783 at 228.23. See ya both in E1.

 

 

 

 

 

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Next out was Kris Krabill who was on the edge and Dan Horan Jr. who was solidly in at #3.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Horan improved with a 5.634 at 262.44 while Krabill carded a 5.81 at just 212.29 to hang on to the #16 spot.

 

 

 

 

 

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Out next were a pair of hitters, Matt Bynum and Ryan Hodgson. Both in solid, swinging for the fence.

 

 

 

 

Bynum squared the tires before the tree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hodgson went to the top of the class with a solid 5.622 at 250.41. Bynum coasted through staying #2 with his earler 5.631 at 255.29.

 

 

 

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Mikay Halstead won the favotite BUG award.

 

 

With one shot left, two dirvers not in the top 16 were Mike Halstead and Dave Gerber. Neither had come close to making a full pass.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At this point Gerber was into uncharted territory. For what had to be clutch issues, he has not been able to get past the tree very often this season. This time he did.

 

 

 

 

 

Gerber not only got through all his problem areas, he made his best run of the season to qualify #14 with a 5.800 at 240.38. Hopefully the team found something that will move them forward.

Halstead was going home with a 6.042 at 239.82.

 

 

 

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Up next was Jason Taylor and Matt Melendez, both trying to improve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taylor carded a 5.809 at 245.67 which was good for the #15 spot. Melendez's 5.86 at 234.86 did not improve on his 5.795 which landed him #13.

 

 

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Up for their last shot were Tony Jurado and Jeff Gregory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jurado squared the tires. At this point the odds of him being runner-up on Sunday afternoon would be double digits

 

 

 

Gregory just missed with a 5.929 at 224.51. He would be #17 and Jurado landed #10 to make the show..

 

 

 

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Jeff Arend and Jerry Espeseth both took advantage of all three qualifying sessions, this is why both solidly in the show trying to improve.

 

 

 

 

Cami Beck and Brad Littlefield are the Rupert carryover backup team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arend nailed down the #5 spot with a 5.662 at 255.92. Espeseth's 5.82 at 251.72 did not improve on his Q2 5.791 and he remained #12.

 

 

 

 

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Next to last out was Cory Lee who surprisingly was not qualified. Being the tuner, he held his own fate in his hands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

.Lee was done very early and coasted to a DNQ

 

 

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The final car to attempt to make the field was Bill Windham.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Windham, who came more prepared to this event than most anyone, tanked the list of DNQs with a dismal 8.22. His best of 6.218 left him at the bottom of the heap in the #20 spot. Surprising to say the least.

 

 

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FUNNY CAR FINAL QUALIFYING ORDER

1 616 Ryan Hodgson, Edmonton AB, '69 Camaro 5.622 250.41
2 7000 Billy Morris, La Quinta CA, '69 Camaro 5.631 255.29
3 7736 Dan Horan, Sylman CA, '69 Camaro 5.634 262.44
4 776 Bobby Cottrell, Whittier CA, '69 Camaro 5.635 259.61
5 170 Jeff Arend, La Verne CA, '78 Firebird 5.662 255.92
6 778 James Day, San Juan Capistrano CA, '78 Omni 5.690 254.66
7 707 Matt Bynum, Ypsianti MI, '70 Camaro 5.695 260.76
8 700 Steven Densham, Oceanside CA, '69 Camaro 5.739 250.09
9 758 Rian Konno, Rosemead CA, '73 Mustang 5.766 248.98
10 7098 Tony Jurado, Pleasanton CA, '69 Camaro 5.780 250.00
11 791 Brad Thompson, Visalia CA, '69 Camaro 5.783 228.23
12 785 Jerry Espeseth, Yorba Linda CA, '69 Camaro 5.791 249.39
13 7001 Matt Melendez, Glen Ellen CA, '70 Challenger 5.795 235.89
14 709 Danny Gerber, Orange CA, '78 Trans AM 5.800 240.38
15 7392 Justin Taylor, Anaheim Ca, '73 Mustang 5.809 245.67
16 732 Kris Krabill, Tacoma WA, '69 Camaro 5.910 243.99
------------ Not Qualified ------------
17 555 Jeff Gregory, Elk Grove CA, '71 Camaro 5.929 224.51
18 13 Cory Lee, Oceanside CA, '79 Challenger 6.012 244.12
19 718 Mike Halstead, Sonora CA, '78 Challenger 6.042 239.82
20 7111 Bill Windham, El Dorado Hills CA, '69 Camaro 6.218 227.77

 

NEXT: Top Fuel Session 3

 

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1: Funny Car Qualifying, Session 1

2: Top Fuel Qualifying Session 1

3: Funny Car Qualifying, Session 2

4: Top Fuel Session 2

5: Funny Car Qualifying, Session 3

6: Top Fuel Session 3

7: AA/FA Session 2

8: Funny Car Eliminations Round 1

9: Top Fuel Eliminations Rounds 1 & 2

10: Funny Car Eliminations Rounds 2 & 3

11: Final Rounds and Winners Circle

12: All Class Winners - Pits N' Prople

13: Other Cars, Other Classes

Cacklefest & Honorees

 

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