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Sat, 1 Sep 2007, 01:18 PM

Pro Modified Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By Dan Bennett

CLERMONT, Ind. - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Pro Modified at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 53rd annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, and position in order following run:
Left Lane: Mike Moran Runs 6.533/218.51, Now #2
Right Lane: Mike Castellana Runs 6.205/229.55, Now #1

12:36 p.m.

After missing a session yesterday, the Pro Mods take to the track at ORP for the first time. And considering that many are thinking of 2007 Pro Mod as an Alcohol Funny Car rerun, the first pair should be a welcome breath of fresh air.

We've got the turbocharged beast of Mike Moran in the spectator lane and the heavily-under-the-influence-of-nitrous Cavalier of Mike Castellana in the lane closest to us.

The Western Beef Cavalier carries the high mounted wing while the Monte Carlo has a conventional deck spoiler.

Good opening pass for Castellana. Moran's car moves over towards the wall and he's kicking up dust all the way down the track.

Left Lane: Shannon Jenkins Runs 6.170/232.39, Now #1
Right Lane: Mike Knowles Runs 6.201/229.43, Now #2

Jenkins is another diehard still keeping the nitrous faith.

Knowles looked like he rolled the beams a bit as the car just missed a red light as it was moving when the green light lit.

Left Lane: Chip King Runs 8.946/100.91, Now #5
Right Lane: Raymond Vettel No Time, Now #6

King's latest Daytona looks like it was left out in the sun too long. It still looks the part, but the nose is much shorter and the roof/quarter panel junction is much more rounding.

King leaves but gets real loose as the engine gains rpm.

Vettel gets pushed off without getting to make a burnout.

Left Lane: Harold Laird Runs 6.340/225.18, Now #4
Right Lane: Tommy Gray Runs 6.430/227.77, Now #5

Laird has the same trouble in the left lane as the car wiggles and then moves toward the wall. He never lifts and manages to get the car moving back towards the groove.

Left Lane: Cody Barklage Runs 6.277/219.86, Now #4
Right Lane: Troy Coughlin Runs 6.711/224.51, Now #8

Another turbo car - one that has a bunch of potential if Coughlin can ever find a measure of consistency.

This time, its the right lane that has problems as Coughlin's car was trying to point right at the 330 marker. He muscles it back into the center of the track.

Left Lane: Mike Stawicki Runs 6.196/229.39, Now #2
Right Lane: John Russo Runs 12.092/90.25, Now #11

Russo's car stumbled and then moved toward the wall.

Stawicki knocks off a good one and goes near the top.

Left Lane: Scott Cannon Jr Runs 6.072/236.26, Now #2
Right Lane: Mike Janis Runs 6.020/240.59, Now #1

Now that there's some rubber on the track, we get a very good side by side race.

Left Lane: Matt Hagan Runs 6.247/229.12, Now #7
Right Lane: Rick Stivers Runs 6.258/232.15, Now #8

Left Lane: Shelly Payne Runs 9.533/130.29, Now #15
Right Lane: Scott Ray Runs 19.704/47.03, Now #17

Both cars hammer the tires and are off the throttle by 150 feet.

Left Lane: Steve Engel Runs 6.429/233.48, Now #11
Right Lane: Tim Tindle Runs 6.792/228.73, Now #15

Tindle loses traction immediately. Engel gets a couple of hundred feet before we hear his RPMs sail. He pedals once and gets after it again.

Chip King is on the bump spot at 8.946.

Left Lane: Tony Pontieri Runs 6.113/237.84, Now #3
Right Lane: Jay Payne Runs 7.499/131.00, Now #17

Pontieri gets a decent pass, while Payne has to lift downtrack.

Left Lane: Raymond Commisso Runs 6.385/191.73, Now #13
Right Lane: Josh Hernandez Runs 6.044/238.81, Now #2

These two blown Camaros are known as the real heavy hitters of the class. Commisso's Toronto-based racer has made lots of headlines.

Not sure what happened here, but at least both cars made it into the show. Janis is in the number 1 slot and Moran holds the final, 16th position.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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