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Fri, 12 Sep 2003, 09:39 PM

Pro Stock Bike Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By Jim Samuel

MOHNTON, Pa. - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Pro Stock Bike at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 19th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals listing lane, rider name, elapsed time, top speed, and position in order following run:
Right Lane: Todd Doege Runs 7.297/188.10, Now #1

8:57 pm - The first session of Pro Stock Bike qualifying started after a five and a half hour delay because of a slow, steady rain. At the start of this session, the air temperature was 63 degrees, humidity was 73 percent and the barometric pressure was 30.19 and steady.

Doege was riding the Kawasaki that had been ridden by John Smith before he had his non-racing accident. Doege took it right down the middle of the lane in a smooth run.

Left Lane: Michael Iantorno No Time, Now #3
Right Lane: Don DeTurck No Time, Now #2

DeTurck broke as soon as he launched and pulled over to the side of the track. Iantorno had a smooth run with the front wheel a few inches off the ground for the first couple hundred feet but he did not get a time because he left before the tree.

Left Lane: Josh Helvie Runs 7.407/181.15, Now #2
Right Lane: Bruce Dickson Runs 11.896/66.51, Now #3

Dickson sat at the starting line for more than two seconds after the light turned green. When he finally got started, he missed a shift halfway down the track. Helvie had a clean run.

Left Lane: Sam Hurwitz No Time, Now #20
Right Lane: Ryan Schnitz Runs 7.390/178.07, Now #8

Hurwitz left before the tree was activated. Schnitz had a clean run down the middle of his lane.

Left Lane: Connie Cohen Runs 7.389/166.93, Now #8
Right Lane: Lloyd Straus Runs 7.791/136.66, Now #11

Cohen had a good run. Straus had a slow start and missed a shift.

Left Lane: Redell Harris No Time, Now #24
Right Lane: Wesley Wells Runs 10.397/75.51, Now #14

Harris left before the tree was activated. Wells missed a shift and took the engine up to its rev limiter.

Left Lane: Tommy Grimes Jr Runs 7.332/176.74, Now #3
Right Lane: Matthew Smith Runs 7.300/178.59, Now #2

This was a pair of good runs. Both bikes carried the front wheel for the first few hundred feet, then settled in the rest of the way down the track.

Left Lane: Chris Reuter Runs 17.270/39.87, Now #7
Right Lane: Blaine Hale Runs 7.242/185.31, Now #1

Reuter spun the rear tire and had a problem with his first shift. Hale's run was clean from start to finish.

Left Lane: Sean Conner Runs 8.728/105.75, Now #7
Right Lane: Michael Phillips Runs 7.174/187.50, Now #1

Conner had a problem before he reached mid track and slowed. Phillips had a smooth run the whole way down the track.

Left Lane: Steve Johnson Runs 7.816/177.35, Now #8
Right Lane: GT Tonglet Runs 7.225/177.00, Now #2

Johnson spun the rear tire as he launched while Tonglet had a clean pass.

Left Lane: Karen Stoffer Runs 7.287/181.84, Now #4
Right Lane: Mike Berry No Time, Now #16

Stoffer had a clean run. Berry broke and was not able to make a pass.

Left Lane: Fred Collis Runs 7.152/185.95, Now #1
Right Lane: Andrew Hines Runs 7.779/146.04, Now #10

Collis had a strong run here to go to the top of the field. Hines spun the rear tire early and never got up to speed.

Left Lane: Craig Treble Runs 7.170/185.43, Now #2
Right Lane: Reggie Showers Runs 7.250/185.03, Now #6

Treble had a 1.085 second 60-foot time. Showers had a clean run.

Left Lane: Antron Brown Runs 7.190/185.31, Now #4
Right Lane: Angelle Savoie Runs 11.980/67.22, Now #21

Savoie had a quick launch and a 1.072 second 60-foot time. But she missed a shift and slowed by the time she reached the 660 foot mark. Brown had a clean run.

Left Lane: Shawn Gann Runs 7.135/183.34, Now #1
Right Lane: Geno Scali Runs 7.175/182.62, Now #5

Gann was strong from start to finish and pulled out a run that put him at the top of the order. Scali also had a good run and is well into the top half of the field.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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