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Sat, 08 Jun 2013, 20:06 PM

Pro Nitrous Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By Larry Sullivan





PETERSBURG, Va. - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Pro Nitrous at the 2013 ADRL Tour presented by Speedtech, Simply Phones U.S. Drags VI listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, and position in order following run:
Left Lane: Jim Laurita Runs 3.841/195.53, Now #1
Right Lane: Ed Burnley Runs 4.003/186.67, Now #2

7:21 p.m. Season-best run for Laurita, straight down the groove. Burnley's first run of the season looked okay and he came up just short of the three-second zone.

Left Lane: Tommy Franklin Runs 5.404/91.09, Now #4
Right Lane: Randy Weatherford Runs 3.988/189.90, Now #2

Franklin shook, then the car went left and right and he slowed. Weatherford made a nice opening pass, right down the groove, putting him right behind Laurita for now.

As with the Extreme Pro Stock cars, there are exactly enough nitrous cars here to fill the field, so all will be in eliminations tomorrow.

Left Lane: Robert Mathis Runs 9.655/44.56, Now #6
Right Lane: John Hall Runs 3.942/192.58, Now #2

There was a brief delay, Ed Burnley's car experiencing a flash fire in the turnoff area. Though the track was clear, the firefighting effort created a traffic jam in the turnoff area.

Mathis shook hard and slowed., Hall made a nice run, putting him second on the list for now.

Left Lane: Steve Jackson Runs 3.880/192.66, Now #2
Right Lane: John Decerbo Runs 3.997/180.24, Now #5

Jackson is also running in the new Pro Drag Radial class this weekend.

Jackson made a nice run to stake is claim to the #2 spot. Decerbo didn't have any obvious problems, but Jackson steadily pulled away from him.

Left Lane: Kenny Rucker Runs 4.282/165.15, Now #8
Right Lane: John Camp Runs 4.024/184.95, Now #7

Rucker's car trailed a blanket of haze under the car all the way to the stripe and the track crew found a little "stuff" after he went by.

Left Lane: Matt Suite Runs 4.065/176.60, Now #8
Right Lane: Jason Harris No Time, Now #12

7:49 p.m. It was a quick cleanup, involving just a few feet past the finish line.

Harris made the burnout, then was pushed back behind the water and towed back to the pits.

Suite was left of the groove, stayed with it, then the car made a hard move back across the groove and he managed to stay in his own lane somehow.

Left Lane: Pat Stoken Runs 3.880/191.92, Now #3
Right Lane: Robert Patrick Jr Runs 8.873/54.99, Now #12

He's baack! Hadn't seen Patrick so far this year, but this race is almost in his back yard.

Patrick shook hard, got sideways and lifted. Stokan didn't do any of those things, making a nice run, right down the groove.

Left Lane: Danny Perry Runs 5.148/89.17, Now #11

Perry got almpost to the 330-foot marker, then the car went left, then right, and started dancing from one side to the other. He just held on and didn't start chasing it, letting the gyrations die out on their own.

Left Lane: Mike Castellana Runs 5.045/98.48, Now #11

Castellana made an awesome run during Thursday's test session (nobody made any runs yesterday because of the monsoon conditions), a 4.758. Nobody expected that in today's unfavorable conditions and those expectations were met. He left hard, with a 0.938 60-foot time, then the car went to the left and he had his hands full staying off the wall.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink





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