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Fri, 2 Sep 2005, 08:39 PM

Pro Stock Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By Larry Sullivan

CLERMONT, Ind. - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Pro Stock at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 51st annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, and position in order following run:
Left Lane: Mike Trumble Jr Runs 6.862/201.19, Now #1
Right Lane: Larry Peternel Runs 14.471/57.92, Now #2

7:02 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 76 degrees, relative humidity 32 percent, barometer 29.66 inches, adjusted altitude 1,628 feet, track temperature 91 degrees.

Peternel slowed almost immediately with tire shake.

Left Lane: Pat Herold Runs 6.978/199.02, Now #3
Right Lane: Jerry Hemmingson Runs 6.966/198.88, Now #2

Both were slow, no visible problems.

Left Lane: Bill Shorts Runs 7.126/193.24, Now #5
Right Lane: John Mahoney Runs 7.009/198.29, Now #4

Mahoney is helping fellow driver Jim Cunningham by running Cunningham's "Rupture Street Wear" signage here because Cunningham's wife suffered an accident at home and Cunningham cannot be here.

Left Lane: Tony Rizzo No Time, Now #8
Right Lane: Kevin Lawrence Runs 13.769/61.57, Now #6

Rizzo was a no-show.ence slowed almost immediately.

Left Lane: Dave Northrop Runs 6.787/202.64, Now #2
Right Lane: Bob Benza Runs 6.783/203.61, Now #1

Left Lane: Ronnie Humphrey Runs 6.808/203.16, Now #4
Right Lane: Mark Pawuk Runs 6.755/203.98, Now #1

Two new cars here, Humphrey in a new Cobalt and Pawuk debuting his new GTO. Pawuk launched with a stout 0.995 60-foot time and made a clean, straight run.

Left Lane: Bob Panella Runs 6.785/203.06, Now #3
Right Lane: Barry Grant Runs 6.852/200.53, Now #6

Good runs, a pair. No excess motion in either lane. Panella's time may hold up, Grant's speed seems low and his time is vulnerable.

Left Lane: Dave Howard Runs 6.751/203.86, Now #1
Right Lane: Bruce Allen Runs 6.767/203.19, Now #3

Two nice 60-foot times, Allen (who sat out the Western Swing) with a 0.995 and Howard a stunning 0.987. Howard took over the top spot, Pawuk retained top speed so far.

Left Lane: Ben Watson Runs 6.815/202.21, Now #9
Right Lane: Erica Enders Runs 6.780/203.49, Now #4

Watson had a 0.991 short time, but Enders passed him in the first 60 feet on a strong run.

Left Lane: Kenny Koretsky Runs 6.778/202.94, Now #4
Right Lane: Mike Edwards Runs 6.805/203.22, Now #9

Nice run by the brand-new Stratus, smooth and straight. Koretsky's 0.989 60-foot time was second-quick so far.

Left Lane: Rickie Smith Runs 6.739/204.54, Now #1
Right Lane: Larry Morgan Runs 6.743/204.11, Now #2

Two quick runs, both with strong 60-foot times - 0.994 for Smith, 0.989 for Morgan - and they take the top two spots with ease.

Left Lane: V. Gaines Runs 6.737/203.92, Now #1
Right Lane: Allen Johnson Runs 6.778/202.82, Now #8

Two more quick launches, 0.990 for Gaines, 0.989 for Johnson, but Johnson lost a lot of time to Gaines in the middle of the run.

Left Lane: Jim Yates Runs 6.760/203.68, Now #7
Right Lane: Richie Stevens Runs 6.754/203.95, Now #5

Barry Grant was on the bump spot at 6.852. Stevens' car set a new low for 60-foot times with a 0.984, but gave up a lot in the middle of the run. Yates was also quick early with a 0.988 short time, but was also unable to capitalize. Ronnie Humphrey is on the bump spot at 6.808.

Left Lane: Jeg Coughlin Runs 6.752/203.71, Now #5
Right Lane: Ron Krisher Runs 12.010/72.57, Now #25

Krisher's car made a hard right turn on the launch and he barely missed the wall. Coughlin's car was quick early with a 0.984 60-foot time, but was also unable to capitalize on the top end.

Left Lane: Greg Stanfield Runs 6.756/203.98, Now #8
Right Lane: Dave Connolly Runs 6.787/203.12, Now #16

Stanfield added his name to the list with sub-one-second 60-foot times with a 0.995, but had to settle for the middle of the field. Connolly lost ground at every incremental timer and ended up on the bump spot.

Left Lane: Jason Line Runs 6.743/204.26, Now #3
Right Lane: Warren Johnson Runs 6.759/205.04, Now #10

WJ's car did a bit of a dance on the launch, posting a 1.000 60-foot time. Line was 0.986 for the first 60 feet and carried that momentum all the way down the track. WJ bumpoed the top speed of the round up with a strong run on the top end.

Left Lane: Kurt Johnson Runs 6.728/205.35, Now #2
Right Lane: Greg Anderson Runs 6.714/205.13, Now #1

Okay, everybody move back two steps. Nice runs all the way in both lanes. Kurt Johnson's incremental times: 60ft-0.990 sec., 330ft-2.813, 660ft-4.328/162.92mph, 1,000ft-5.631
Greg Anderson's incremental times: 60ft-0.984 sec., 330ft-2.800, 660ft-4.313/162.80mph, 1,000ft-5.616.

That's it, Anderson atop the heap and Allen Johnson is on the bump spot at 6.778.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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