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Fri, 14 Sep 2007, 07:30 PM

Pro Stock Motorcycle Qualifying Notes, Session #2
By Dave Rowe

MILLINGTON, Tenn. - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Pro Stock Motorcycle at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 20th annual O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals presented by Pennzoil listing lane, rider name, elapsed time/top speed this round, position in order following run, best prior elapsed time/speed, and position in order prior to run:
Left Lane: Michael Ray Runs 7.302/177.95, Now #18; Best prior run: 14.716/47.54, Was #21

6:09 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 88 degrees, relative humidity 44 percent, barometer 29.72 inches, adjusted altitude 2,504 feet, track temperature 104 degrees.

Ray makes a full pass here but still doesn't make the show.

Left Lane: Barry Henson Runs 7.195/182.90, Now #14; Best prior run: 7.346/179.68, Was #19
Right Lane: Jim Randolph Runs 7.514/181.50, Now #21; Best prior run: 7.462/183.34, Was #21

Henson makes a good pass and gets in the show for now. No help for Randolph.

Left Lane: Michael Phillips Runs 7.162/185.15, Now #12; Best prior run: 7.253/183.39, Was #18
Right Lane: Joe DeSantis Runs 7.180/187.76, Now #14; Best prior run: 7.378/186.15, Was #20

The weather has improved a little and the times are dropping. Phillips shakes up the field along with DeSantis but the movement will probably continue throughout this session.

Left Lane: Shawn Gann Runs 7.173/186.98, Now #13; Best prior run: 7.229/185.26, Was #18
Right Lane: Karen Stoffer Runs 7.186/183.24, Now #17; Best prior run: 7.243/186.67, Was #19

Gann goes right down the groove to get in the show. Stoffer just misses the cut.

Left Lane: Hector Arana Runs 7.114/186.72, Now #5; Best prior run: 7.221/181.57, Was #19
Right Lane: Matt Guidera Runs 7.154/181.94, Now #12; Best prior run: 7.184/181.72, Was #16

Arana makes a move to the right early in the run but he gets it under control and gets into the top half of the field. Guidera gets off the bump.

Left Lane: Eddie Krawiec Runs 7.060/188.33, Now #1; Best prior run: 7.161/185.43, Was #13
Right Lane: Mike Berry Runs 7.157/183.15, Now #14; Best prior run: 7.175/181.91, Was #16

Krawiec goes straight down the groove this time around and moves into the top spot for now. Berry gets off the bump, Gann is now on the bump.

Left Lane: Antron Brown Runs 7.095/184.83, Now #5; Best prior run: 7.150/183.02, Was #12
Right Lane: Geno Scali Runs 7.142/186.64, Now #12; Best prior run: 7.137/187.76, Was #11

It was announced a little earlier today, the Arny has decided to discontinue it's backing of the Team Army motorcycles. They will however continue sponsorship of the Army Top Fuel dragster.

Brown makes a pretty good run here to get into the top half of the field. Scali slows and drops back a notch.

Left Lane: Angelle Sampey Runs 8.198/107.58, Now #10; Best prior run: 7.129/185.79, Was #10
Right Lane: Steve Johnson Runs 7.187/185.18, Now #11; Best prior run: 7.131/179.83, Was #11

Sampey spun the tire a little off the line, drifted to the right, then had to back off the throttle just past half-track to avoid the center-line. No help for Johnson.

Left Lane: Chris Rivas Runs 7.056/186.98, Now #1; Best prior run: 7.118/184.50, Was #8
Right Lane: Craig Treble Runs 7.123/186.36, Now #9; Best prior run: 7.125/187.65, Was #9

...and the movement continues. Rivas stays in the groove and moves all the way to the top spot. Treble improves a little but doesn't move up on the ladder.

Left Lane: Matt Smith Runs 7.068/185.92, Now #4; Best prior run: 7.065/186.20, Was #4
Right Lane: Peggy Llewellyn Runs 7.121/185.49, Now #7; Best prior run: 7.096/183.47, Was #7

The math has been done and if Smith leaves this race with at least a 139 point lead over the fifth place rider, he would clinch a spot in the countdown.

We saw a lot of improvement early in this round but that has slowed a bit. Neither of these drivers improves but stay in the top half of the field.

Left Lane: Chip Ellis Runs 6.997/187.44, Now #1; Best prior run: 7.065/186.28, Was #3
Right Lane: Andrew Hines Runs 7.018/188.60, Now #2; Best prior run: 7.088/186.20, Was #5

A couple of really good runs here, both bypassing the old track record of 7.048 set by Antron Brown last year. Ellis takes the top spot to end this session of qualifying, Gann remains on the bump.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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