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Sat, 13 Nov 2010, 06:12 PM

Pro Stock Motorcycle Qualifying Notes, Final Session
By Larry Sullivan

POMONA, Calif. - Notes from final, round 4 qualifying in Pro Stock Motorcycle at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, 46th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals listing lane, rider 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: Aaron Pine Runs 8.121/173.18, Now #24; Best prior run: 8.001/172.98, Was #24
Right Lane: Mike Berry Runs 7.114/186.77, Now #15; Best prior run: 7.275/175.02, Was #22

2:38 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 77 degrees, relative humidity 19 percent, barometer 28.96 inches, adjusted altitude 2,584 feet, track temperature 102 degrees.

Freddie Camarena is on the bump spot at 7.142.

Pine's run was off the mark from the start, but Berry eased into the field. Now Joe DeSantis is on the bump spot at 7.123.

Left Lane: Redell Harris Runs 7.194/188.38, Now #20; Best prior run: 7.311/185.64, Was #23
Right Lane: Scotty Pollacheck Runs 7.129/186.28, Now #17; Best prior run: 7.273/175.50, Was #22

Harris gave up a lot in the first 60 feet and never had a chance. Pollacheck gave it his best shot of the weekend, came up >< that close.

Left Lane: Katie Sullivan Runs 7.089/188.02, Now #14; Best prior run: 7.146/183.54, Was #19
Right Lane: Rhett Lougheed Runs 7.095/188.12, Now #15; Best prior run: 7.250/177.58, Was #23

Sullivan made a big improvement from yesterday to today in the first session and another big improvement here run a career-best ET and bump into the field. Lougheed also stepped up to the plate with a strong run, also a career-best. Now David Hope is on the bump spot at 7.098.

Left Lane: Freddie Camarena Runs 7.055/189.84, Now #15; Best prior run: 7.142/185.23, Was #20
Right Lane: Bailey Whitaker Runs 7.009/190.78, Now #14; Best prior run: 7.238/156.57, Was #23

Two more big improvements, two more bumped from the firld, including Lougheed. Now Katie Sullivan is on the bump spot at 7.089.

Left Lane: Matt Guidera Runs 7.106/185.26, Now #13; Best prior run: 7.002/188.54, Was #13
Right Lane: Chris MacLaurin Runs 7.166/186.18, Now #22; Best prior run: 7.213/181.28, Was #23

No improvement for either rider in this pair, no change in the field.

Left Lane: Shawn Gann Runs 6.971/190.43, Now #11; Best prior run: 6.984/187.52, Was #11
Right Lane: Joe DeSantis Runs 7.080/189.50, Now #20; Best prior run: 7.123/185.33, Was #20

Joey D was just bumped from the field. He spun the tire hard on the launch, but still managed to get back into the field, on the bump spot.

Left Lane: Craig Treble Runs 7.024/192.47, Now #8; Best prior run: 6.958/192.03, Was #8
Right Lane: David Hope Runs 7.041/177.16, Now #15; Best prior run: 7.098/182.97, Was #19

Hope got back into the field, but there was a lot of smoke from his engine in the shutdown area. That ends the bumping process, the remaining riders are already qualified.

Left Lane: Michael Phillips Runs 7.019/190.32, Now #7; Best prior run: 6.948/193.71, Was #7
Right Lane: Steve Johnson Runs 6.979/191.40, Now #12; Best prior run: 6.996/188.57, Was #12

Phillips did not improve, Johnson did, but the field stayed the same. The Safety Safari ahd to clean up some oil in Johnson's lane, but the oildown penalties added for this event do not apply to Pro Stock Motorcycle or Pro Stock.

Left Lane: Matt Smith Runs 6.901/192.66, Now #5; Best prior run: 6.896/189.52, Was #5
Right Lane: Angie Smith Runs 7.010/190.38, Now #10; Best prior run: 6.968/187.03, Was #10

Two good runs, no changes in the field.

Left Lane: Jim Underdahl Runs 6.976/195.76, Now #5; Best prior run: 6.894/194.86, Was #4
Right Lane: Karen Stoffer Runs 6.861/196.10, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.966/187.86, Was #9

Wow! Where did that come from? Stoffer made a great run, with a career-best speed, to take over the top spot.

Left Lane: Andrew Hines Runs 7.014/193.52, Now #5; Best prior run: 6.874/193.24, Was #4
Right Lane: LE Tonglet Runs 6.863/195.19, Now #2; Best prior run: 6.943/189.31, Was #7

Wow! Tonglet was in danger of falling more than 40 points behind Hines and he made the second-quickest run of the session (so far) and moved all the way up to second in the qualifying order. Meanwhile, Hines slowed and will get no bonus points.

Left Lane: Hector Arana Runs 6.851/195.19, Now #2; Best prior run: 6.870/194.35, Was #4
Right Lane: Eddie Krawiec Runs 6.847/197.36, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.865/194.21, Was #3

These two shook the field up once again. Neither Tonglet nor Hines gets a bonus point, but Tonglet moved ahead of Hines in the qualifying order and they go into eliminations 36 points apart. If both win in round one, they will meet in round two.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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