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Sat, 27 Sep 2003, 02:37 PM

Pro Stock Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By Jonathan Adams

JOLIET, Ill. - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Pro Stock at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, Third annual CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, and position in order following run:
Left Lane: David Howard Runs 7.047/199.94, Now #1

Current weather conditions: 60 degrees, 49 percent relative humidity, the barometer 29.65 inches.

Professional qualifying will be interesting, as the teams will only get two chances to make the field, as yesterday's sessions were rained out.

Howard staged, and then Rick Stewart backed him up. After that, everything was fine. Gonna need a lot more than that to make this field.

Left Lane: Dester Cambron II Runs 7.021/197.28, Now #2
Right Lane: Mike Trumble Jr Runs 6.889/200.35, Now #1

Left Lane: Jeff Dickey Runs 28.917/22.62, Now #5
Right Lane: Kevin Lawrence Runs 6.882/200.71, Now #1

Career best run for Lawrence. Dickey shook and shut off.

Left Lane: Larry Peternel Runs 6.944/198.76, Now #4
Right Lane: David Strouse Jr. Runs 6.899/200.62, Now #3

Left Lane: Mike Weinle Runs 9.228/104.18, Now #8
Right Lane: Fernando Cuadra Runs 6.864/201.55, Now #1

Cuadra is in the car that he loaned to Taylor Lastor after Lastor crashed. Maskin power for Cuadra. Nice run for him here. Weinle blew it up early, trailing smoke most of the way down. We're down for a clean-up.

12:50 p.m.

Left Lane: Steve Johns Runs 7.551/169.36, Now #9
Right Lane: Jose Maldonado Runs 6.858/201.67, Now #1

1:08 p.m. Maldonado is from Chicago, so this is his home track. Career best run for him. Johns was all over the left lane and shut it down early.

Left Lane: Robert Patrick No Time, Now #14
Right Lane: Arturo Delgado Runs 6.871/201.01, Now #3

Patrick did a nice burnout, but broke before he could back up. Decent pass for Delgado.

Left Lane: Jason Line Runs 11.384/77.84, Now #13
Right Lane: Nick Fratt Runs 6.823/202.18, Now #1

Line will race here, and then at one more event in 2003. As long as he only competes at four events, he will be in the running for Rookie of the Year in 2004.

Line makes a wicked move toward the centerline and wisely lifted. Fratt with a great run, less than a hundredth off his career best.

Left Lane: Steve Schmidt Runs 6.883/201.19, Now #7
Right Lane: Ben Watson Runs 6.853/201.70, Now #2

Schmidt with a nice .995 short time, but then a wiggle or two keep him from a better run. Watson goes straight and makes a nice run.

Left Lane: George Marnell Runs 6.824/202.52, Now #3
Right Lane: Dave Connolly Runs 6.806/203.77, Now #1

Pair of nice runs. Good speed for Connolly.

Left Lane: Barry Grant Runs 6.875/201.97, Now #9
Right Lane: Mark Whisnant Runs 6.841/202.42, Now #4

No problems for either driver. We'll see if that 6.84 will stay in the show.

Left Lane: Gene Wilson Runs 6.818/203.22, Now #2
Right Lane: V. Gaines Runs 7.550/138.70, Now #18

Gaines was all over the track. Nice run for Wilson.

Left Lane: Larry Morgan Runs 6.783/204.01, Now #1
Right Lane: Troy Coughlin Runs 6.802/203.06, Now #2

Career best mph for Morgan. Pair of very good runs.

Left Lane: Mark Pawuk Runs 6.835/201.43, Now #8
Right Lane: Taylor Lastor Runs 6.820/202.70, Now #5

Left Lane: Darrell Alderman Runs 6.777/203.34, Now #1
Right Lane: Greg Stanfield Runs 6.844/202.27, Now #11

Alderman with an unreal .983 60-foot time! Great pass for the Mopar team. Stanfield, at the wheel of JR Carr's entry makes a pretty good run.

Left Lane: Bruce Allen Runs 6.779/203.34, Now #2
Right Lane: Jim Yates Runs 6.791/202.70, Now #4

Allen with a .980 short time. Another pair of nice passes.

Left Lane: Scott Geoffrion Runs 6.830/203.49, Now #12
Right Lane: Mike Edwards Runs 6.777/203.03, Now #2

Edwards misses the top spot on mph. Geoffrion probably won't stay in with that pass.

Left Lane: Allen Johnson Runs 6.790/203.16, Now #6
Right Lane: Ron Krisher Runs 6.790/203.31, Now #5

Good side-by-side race. Identical e.t.'s.

Left Lane: Warren Johnson Runs 6.793/204.51, Now #9
Right Lane: Jeg Coughlin Runs 6.769/203.06, Now #1

Low e.t. for Jeg, top speed for WJ. But of a wiggle at the top end for Coughlin. Track record speed for WJ.

Left Lane: Kurt Johnson Runs 6.778/203.95, Now #5
Right Lane: Greg Anderson Runs 6.753/205.07, Now #1

Last pair of the round. The bump is 6.830. Anderson misses the track e.t. record by two thousandths. He does, however, reset the track mph mark. Just another great pass the points leader. KJ wasn't too far behind. The bump--with one session to go--is Nick Fratt at 6.823.

1:31 p.m.

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