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Thu, 1 Nov 2007, 05:16 PM

Pro Stock Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By David Gerard

POMONA, Calif. - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Pro Stock at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 43nd annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, and position in order following run:
Left Lane: Todd Hoerner Runs 15.280/78.45, Now #2
Right Lane: Gordie Rivera Runs 6.822/202.64, Now #1

1:50 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 67 degrees, relative humidity 40 percent, barometer 28.95 inches, adjusted altitude 1,887 feet, track temperature 102 degrees.

After an extensive adjustment of the wheelie bars, Hoerner car shakes up a storm and he slows. Rivera runs close to his career best, but after the bike session, this is not likely to be good enough.

Left Lane: Tommy Brown Runs 6.761/205.38, Now #1
Right Lane: Ben Watson Runs 6.761/203.58, Now #2

Identical ET's and Brown gets the current #1 by speed over Watson.

Left Lane: Bob Panella No Time, Now #6
Right Lane: Craig Hankinson Runs 6.760/205.26, Now #1

Panella breaks off the line and rolls slowly down track.Hankinson has a 1.008 sixty foot and takes the top spot for now.

Left Lane: Tom Hammonds Runs 6.737/205.13, Now #1
Right Lane: Ron Krisher Runs 6.930/204.73, Now #6

Hammonds gets the first sub-one second sixty foot time and the new top spot. Krisher has a good MPH, but is slow off the line.

Left Lane: Mike Edwards Runs 6.732/205.26, Now #2
Right Lane: Justin Humphreys Runs 6.699/206.73, Now #1

Humphreys car moves around a little at the hit, but has the power to take over the new number one spot. Edwards is right behind him and takes over #2.

Left Lane: Kenny Koretsky Runs 6.722/205.66, Now #2
Right Lane: Greg Stanfield Runs 6.739/205.98, Now #5

Stanfield has the wiggles too, but can't match Humphrey's power. Koretsky makes a clean pass into the current #2 spot.

Left Lane: Max Naylor Runs 6.704/205.60, Now #2
Right Lane: Jim Yates Runs 6.752/205.26, Now #7

Naylor makes a strong pass in the left lane and joins the #2 qualifier club. Yates runs clean into the top half of the field for now.

Left Lane: V. Gaines Runs 6.710/205.88, Now #4
Right Lane: Richie Stevens Runs 6.694/206.51, Now #1

Gains uses a lot of track getting to the finish line. Stevens goes straight from start to finish and runs a nice 6.694 pass into the current #1 spot.

Left Lane: Warren Johnson Runs 6.695/207.24, Now #2
Right Lane: Larry Morgan Runs 6.708/205.85, Now #5

WJ shows some new power and runs a strong pass to be the next #2 qualifier. Morgan was better to mid-track, but can't stay with Johnson.

Left Lane: Jason Line Runs 6.720/207.05, Now #8
Right Lane: Kurt Johnson Runs 6.706/206.73, Now #5

Ron Krisher is on the bump spot at 6.930. Two more strong passes and both cars are currently in the top half of the field.

Left Lane: Allen Johnson Runs 6.696/206.23, Now #3
Right Lane: Dave Connolly Runs 6.713/206.76, Now #9

Here come the first two of our Countdown to One competitors. Connolly has his hands full off the line and it costs him some ET. Johnson runs the same sixty foot time and keeps the Dodge straight to move well up into the #3 spot.

Left Lane: Jeg Coughlin Runs 6.689/206.95, Now #1
Right Lane: Greg Anderson Runs 6.690/207.18, Now #2

Coughlin has all the numbers, bottom, middle and top, and finishes just ahead of Anderson to wrap up the round.

2:12 p.m. Greg Stanfield is on the bump spot at 6.739.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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