MOTOR SPORTS\Pedregon sets two Funny Car marks.Byline: Rochelle Kaplan Special to the Daily News
Patience and optimism prevailed Saturday at the NHRA NHRA National Hot Rod Association
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Although the NHRA was prepared to postpone the event one week when it looked as if the rain would not let up by late morning, Mother Nature cooperated and qualifying resumed at 2 p.m.
Fortunately for those cars using nitro nitro
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a fertilizer in the form of lime or chalk mixed with ammonium nitrate. methane fuel, the cool weather was ideal for producing fast times.
Funny Car driver Cruz Pedregon of Camarillo, last year's event winner, set two NHRA Funny Car records with an elapsed time e·lapsed time
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Noun 1. elapsed time - the time that elapses while some event is occurring of 4.935 seconds at 307.06 mph down the quarter-mile strip.
"This run was like a Hail Mary pass A Hail Mary pass or Hail Mary play in American football is a forward pass made in desperation, with only a very small chance of success. The typical Hail Mary is a very long forward heave thrown at or near the end of a half where there is no realistic possibility for any ," Pedregon said. "Everything worked good, everything clicked. (It) took my breath away. I couldn't be happier. I just hope the rain will hold off (for the finals) tomorrow."
Blaine Johnson's Top Fuel dragster drag·ster
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"I'm really pleased with the way things have been working out," said Johnson, who won the final event in Pomona last October. "Conditions here are perfect. The air is cool, the track is cool and horsepower is high.
"I didn't think we'd get to run today, but I figured the NHRA would squeeze it in somehow."
In Pro Stock, Warren Johnson set an event elapsed time record of 7.015 seconds, breaking his record of 7.037 seconds set last year at the Winternationals.
The first round of eliminations should begin today at 10:30 a.m., unless Mother Nature deems otherwise.
Joe Amato, the No. 2 qualifier in Top Fuel, praised those spectators who never lost faith.
"I know a lot of people got on planes and went home," Amato said. "But a lot of fans are still here."