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Sun, 15 Oct 2006, 04:11 PM

Pro Stock Round 3 Eliminations
By Dan Bennett





DINWIDDIE, Va. - Results of round 3 eliminations in Pro Stock at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, Inaugural Torco Racing Fuels NHRA Nationals:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   10 Jim Yates                             186 Tom Martino                  
E3                   0.064  9.661 190.75     ****WINNER****  0.021  9.196 140.44
 Prior rounds:
E2    (J Coughlin  ) 0.077  7.685 189.63      (L Morgan    ) 0.005  6.653 208.62
E1    (G Stanfield ) 0.055  6.656 207.11      (T Lee       ) 0.040  6.614 209.14
 Qualified:            #15  6.625 207.02                       #11  6.615 208.71
It's almost fitting that the Torco-sponsored car is here in the late rounds. But the Yates ride is a sentimental favorite for a lot of people who'd like to see Bill Jenkins get another Wally for his collection.

This can be the trickiest round for Pro Stock cars.

This was by far the wildest PS pair I've ever seen. Yates hooked right just like all the rest of the cars and all eyes were watching him try and save his car. In the meantime, Martino went about another 50 feet and then darted to the wall. Only his reflexes saved the car.

Martino reacted the quickest and took off toward the finish line. Yates followed and I was gritting my teeth at all the smoke coming out of an engine that was protesting about being in a gear too high for the RPM. With these cars, you can't exactly push the clutch back in and try again.

Martino won the race by a train length and we hope the championship doesn't get decided by a race track.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    1 Greg Anderson                           3 Jason Line                   
E3                   0.061  6.623 209.26     ****WINNER****  0.035  6.588 209.17
 Prior rounds:
E2    (M Edwards   ) 0.020  6.594 209.14      (D Connolly  ) 0.004  6.576 209.56
E1    (V Gaines    ) 0.035  6.588 208.81      (E Enders    ) 0.036  6.558 209.75
 Qualified:             #4  6.594 208.84                        #1  6.571 209.49
Both cars take a long time to go in. At first I thought the Summit team was going to put on a staging battle show for the fans. But Greg bumped in and Jason followed right after.

Jason left on the boss, whose car was driving over to the right lane at the same time. Anderson never got close to being as out of shape as Yates did, but the momentary bobble had to cost him some time.

Line has lane choice over Martino in the final, and right now that looks critically important.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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