CECIL, Ga. - Notes from final, round 3 qualifying in Extreme Pro Stock at the 2013 ADRL Tour presented by Speedtech, Hardee's Georgia Drags VII 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: Mark Martino Runs 4.110/176.51, Now #3; Best prior run: 4.111/176.60, Was #3
Right Lane: Ron Miller Runs 6.397/107.78, Now #16; Best prior run: 8.632/50.17, Was #17
5:20 p.m. Scott Hintz is on the bump spot at 7.558.
Miller skipped the second session and his engine was popping and banging on this run, but it was quick enough to bump Hintz.
Left Lane: Richard Penland Runs 8.019/56.11, Now #2; Best prior run: 4.079/177.25, Was #2
Right Lane: Trevor Eman Runs 4.121/176.81, Now #1; Best prior run: 4.063/177.44, Was #1
Penland launched, shook and lifted. Eman made his econd good run of the day - no improvement, he stays in the #1 spot by virtue of his best (and first) run today.
Left Lane: John Montecalvo Runs 4.113/177.39, Now #4; Best prior run: 4.544/172.41, Was #12
Right Lane: Brian Gahm Runs 6.252/97.07, Now #8; Best prior run: 4.150/177.00, Was #7
Gahm's car made a hard move toward the wall and he lifted. Montecalvo amde a very nice run, with a very big speed, second only to Eman's run.
Left Lane: Doug Kirk Runs 4.132/175.98, Now #6; Best prior run: 4.140/175.64, Was #7
Right Lane: Elijah Morton Runs 4.154/176.17, Now #9; Best prior run: 5.485/137.58, Was #15
Nice drag race, both drivers making their best run of the day. Kirk moved up one spot, but Morton got his problems sorted out and moved up six.
Left Lane: Kevin Bealko Runs 4.164/172.32, Now #10; Best prior run: 4.168/174.19, Was #10
Right Lane: Lester Cooper Runs 4.167/174.14, Now #11; Best prior run: 4.194/173.63, Was #12
Another nice drag race, both drivers again running their best of the day. Cooper moved up one spot, Bealko stayed where he was.
Left Lane: Pete Berner Runs 4.091/177.58, Now #3; Best prior run: 4.644/134.26, Was #14
Right Lane: Cale Aronson Runs 7.008/65.71, Now #8; Best prior run: 4.133/175.00, Was #7
Aronson shook and slowed, but Berner's team finally got the car sorted out and he went from 14th to third, with top speed of the meet so far.
Left Lane: Scott Hintz Runs 5.150/152.95, Now #16; Best prior run: 7.558/84.96, Was #17
Right Lane: John Pluchino Runs 4.102/176.93, Now #4; Best prior run: 4.776/111.01, Was #15
Hintz is the only driver not in the field. Either he or Ron Miller will be on the ladder because Miller has already made his final run.
Well, it wasn't a great run, but it got him in the field anyway. Hintz launched, shook, slowed momentarily, then got back on the throttle and bumped Miller from the field. Meanwhile, Pluchino went all the way from 15th to fourth!
Left Lane: John Deflorian Jr. Runs 4.101/177.56, Now #4; Best prior run: 4.192/173.63, Was #14
Right Lane: Dean Goforth Runs 5.650/87.03, Now #15; Best prior run: 4.206/172.81, Was #15
Goforth's car was headed for the centerline and he had to lift. Deflorian made his best run of the day, by a bunch, and went all the way from 14th to fourth.
Left Lane: Cary Goforth Runs 4.271/147.39, Now #8; Best prior run: 4.116/177.21, Was #8
Last car. He went through the clutch.