6/10/2005 : Bartone goes out early at the Pontiac Performance Nationals
Courtesy of Bill Walters CMKXtreme Racing
COLUMBUS, post-race: Tony Bartone made an early exit during Sunday's eliminations at the 41st annual Pontiac Performance NHRA Nationals in Ohio. The driver of the Jim Dunn Racing/Got CMKX?/Lucas Oil Funny Car lost to John Force in round one after a strong qualifying effort on Saturday.
The weather was partly cloudy and cool as eliminations began at National Trail Raceway Sunday morning. Bartone entered the day in the No. 9 qualifying position after making his quickest run of the season with a 4.874 at 315.56 mph. Force had lane choice over Bartone by a mere three-hundredths of a second.
Force had a slight lead off the starting line and extended it to the finish, taking the victory with a 4.840 at 318.39 mph to Bartone's 4.937 at 316.15 mph.
"I think we had a great qualifying effort," said Bartone, "we were right in the middle of the pack. We just needed to run a little stronger in the first round. The Got CMKX?/Lucas Oil team does a great job and we'll continue work hard. I look forward to going some rounds next weekend in Topeka."