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Fri, 19 Sep 2003, 04:59 PM

Pro Stock Bike Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By Dave Rowe

MILLINGTON, Tenn. - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Pro Stock Bike at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 16th annual O'Reilly NHRA Mid-South Nationals presented by Pennzoil listing lane, rider name, elapsed time, top speed, and position in order following run:
Right Lane: Todd Doege No Time, Now #1

2:57 PM The bikes haven't run in Memphis since 1999 and the track records are 7.243 set by Matt Hines and the speed record is 187.21, set by Steve Johnson. Doege left before the tree was activated.

Left Lane: Josh Helvie No Time, Now #2
Right Lane: Bruce Dickson Runs 12.353/59.56, Now #1

Helvie left the line, shifted once and apparently had transmission problems. Dickson was slow off the line, got to half-track and shut down.

Left Lane: Keith Dennis Runs 12.476/63.63, Now #3
Right Lane: Kurt Matte Runs 8.193/159.01, Now #1

Matte got out of the groove right off the line. Dennis had problems about 300 feet out and shut down.

Left Lane: Gary Tonglet Runs 7.649/177.21, Now #1
Right Lane: Michael Lozano Runs 8.282/163.97, Now #3

Tonglet made a hard move to the right off the line, straightens it out and gets the early pole, but probably not for long.

Left Lane: Redell Harris Runs 7.853/177.32, Now #2
Right Lane: Wesley Wells No Time, Now #10

Wells blows the engine around half-track, starts leaking oil and crosses the center-line. We'll be down for a few minutes for a clean-up. 3:08 PM

Left Lane: Tommy Grimes Jr Runs 7.270/180.52, Now #1
Right Lane: Keith Freeman Runs 7.427/177.93, Now #2

We finally get a good side-by side, both bikes right down the groove, and they take the 1 and 2 spots in the order.

Left Lane: Matthew Smith No Time, Now #14
Right Lane: Chris Reuter Runs 7.315/180.89, Now #2

Smith got out of the groove and started drifting left. He stayed with it but couldn't get it back over, finally crossing the center-line about 1100 feet out.

Left Lane: Fred Camarena Runs 7.342/181.54, Now #4
Right Lane: Blaine Hale Runs 7.258/179.49, Now #1

Camarena drifted left right off the line but was able to keep it in the lane for a decent pass.

Left Lane: Sean Conner Runs 7.401/182.11, Now #6
Right Lane: Michael Phillips Runs 7.212/181.59, Now #1

Phillips makes a decent pass and breaks the track record, set in 1999, the last time the bikes raced here.

Left Lane: Steve Johnson Runs 7.314/182.23, Now #4
Right Lane: GT Tonglet Runs 7.315/179.09, Now #6

Left Lane: Karen Stoffer Runs 7.197/183.79, Now #2
Right Lane: Mike Berry Runs 7.164/185.95, Now #1

A couple of pretty good runs here, both right down the groove.

Left Lane: Fred Collis Runs 7.163/185.05, Now #1
Right Lane: Andrew Hines Runs 7.217/180.50, Now #5

No problems for either bike, Collis setting the track record.

Left Lane: Craig Treble Runs 7.213/185.61, Now #5
Right Lane: Reggie Showers Runs 7.306/182.18, Now #9

Left Lane: Antron Brown Runs 7.253/184.95, Now #8
Right Lane: Angelle Savoie Runs 7.120/186.82, Now #1

A great run for Savoie, taking over the top spot by more than .04 seconds.

Left Lane: Shawn Gann Runs 7.133/187.81, Now #3
Right Lane: Geno Scali Runs 7.119/187.13, Now #1

A good side-by-side, Scali setting the track ET record and taking over the pole. Gann sets the track speed record and gets in the third spot.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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