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Sat, 3 Nov 2007, 06:32 PM

Pro Stock Qualifying Notes, Final Session
By David Gerard

POMONA, Calif. - Notes from final, round 4 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 this round, position in order following run, best prior elapsed time/speed, and position in order prior to run:
Left Lane: Gordie Rivera Runs 6.806/202.70, Now #23; Best prior run: 6.775/203.65, Was #22
Right Lane: Bob Panella Runs 6.750/205.44, Now #22; Best prior run: 6.808/205.44, Was #24

Weather conditions: air temperature 79 degrees, relative humidity 27 percent, barometer 28.95 inches, adjusted altitude 2,600 feet, track temperature 106 degrees. Toughest conditions of the weekend. It's going to be difficult to improve significantly in this session. Greg Stanfield is on the bump spot at 6.689.

Panella finds some more HP and is able to move up two spots on the ladder and push Rivera down a spot. Neither car came close to qualifying.

Left Lane: Ben Watson Runs 6.792/204.39, Now #21; Best prior run: 6.737/205.19, Was #21
Right Lane: Todd Hoerner Runs 6.812/205.22, Now #24; Best prior run: 6.804/204.57, Was #24

Watson and Hoerner both move around at the hit and will stay in their current spots.

Left Lane: Craig Hankinson Runs 6.740/205.85, Now #20; Best prior run: 6.705/206.07, Was #20
Right Lane: Tommy Brown Runs 8.454/112.12, Now #19; Best prior run: 6.704/207.21, Was #19

No joy for these two either. Hankinson with a full pull and Brown off the throttle before mid-track.

Left Lane: Jim Yates Runs 6.697/205.60, Now #18; Best prior run: 6.696/206.35, Was #18
Right Lane: Kenny Koretsky Runs 6.716/206.23, Now #17; Best prior run: 6.690/206.23, Was #17

6.689 is the bump and Koretsky ran 6.690 on his last pass. Close doesn't count though, as neither car can improve and qualify.

Left Lane: Greg Stanfield Runs 6.684/207.11, Now #13; Best prior run: 6.689/207.05, Was #16
Right Lane: Mike Edwards Runs 6.710/206.80, Now #16; Best prior run: 6.687/207.02, Was #15

Stanfield makes the best pass of the session so far and puts Edwards on the bump. He has the power and tune up to move three spots up the ladder.

Left Lane: Justin Humphreys Runs 6.688/207.75, Now #15; Best prior run: 6.685/207.69, Was #14
Right Lane: Max Naylor Runs 6.678/206.45, Now #10; Best prior run: 6.686/206.73, Was #15

Humphreys' car moves around on the low end and he doesn't improve. Naylor shows the Hemi power and moves five spots up the ladder with a clean and straight pass.

Left Lane: Larry Morgan Runs 6.704/206.57, Now #13; Best prior run: 6.682/206.80, Was #13
Right Lane: Tom Hammonds Runs 14.726/72.94, Now #11; Best prior run: 6.679/206.86, Was #11

Hammonds car wiggles bad at the hit and he slows.Morgan runs a little slower than his best.

Left Lane: Ron Krisher Runs 6.698/206.51, Now #12; Best prior run: 6.679/206.57, Was #12
Right Lane: V. Gaines Runs 6.695/206.76, Now #9; Best prior run: 6.677/206.67, Was #9

Big move out of the groove for Krisher after sixty feet. He pulls back into the groove to finish the run. No improvement for either driver.

Right Lane: Jason Line Runs 6.722/191.02, Now #8; Best prior run: 6.670/208.49, Was #8

I think that Kirk Johnson should have been in the left lane for this session. Line gets away well and then slows on the top end.

Left Lane: Richie Stevens Runs 6.675/207.02, Now #5; Best prior run: 6.665/206.76, Was #5
Right Lane: Allen Johnson Runs 6.695/207.21, Now #7; Best prior run: 6.669/206.86, Was #7

Two clean passes and two more good tune ups for tomorrow. Stevens is quickest of the session, so far.

Left Lane: Greg Anderson Runs 6.655/207.02, Now #2; Best prior run: 6.654/208.75, Was #2
Right Lane: Jeg Coughlin Runs 6.673/208.14, Now #4; Best prior run: 6.656/207.85, Was #4

Second best run of the weekend for Anderson and a quick run for Coughlin too. Most everyone is making decent passes, but the weather is not allowing many improvements.

Left Lane: Dave Connolly Runs 6.700/207.43, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.648/208.01, Was #1
Right Lane: Warren Johnson Runs 6.718/207.43, Now #3; Best prior run: 6.655/208.49, Was #3

Connolly's car moves out of the groove about 100 feet out and he has to horse it back into the middle of the lane. Johnson's car may have spun the tires, as his sixty foot numbers are less than stellar

3:24 p.m. Connolly stays on the top with his 6.648 ET and Mike Edwards is on the bump spot at 6.687.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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