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Sat, 09 Nov 2013, 18:25 PM

Pro Stock Qualifying Notes, Final Session
By David Gerard





POMONA, Calif. - Notes from final, round 4 qualifying in Pro Stock at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 49th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals 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: Warren Johnson Runs 6.628/209.17, Now #18; Best prior run: 6.648/207.05, Was #18

2:54 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 79 degrees, relative humidity 26 percent, barometer 28.90 inches, adjusted altitude 2,922 feet, track temperature 97 degrees.

Johnson has better numbers early, but can't make the cut. The chutes don't come out right away and he is hard on the brakes with a lot of tire smoke. They finally come out and slow down the hopping front end.

Warren Johnson's incremental times: 60ft-0.992 sec., 330ft-2.775, 660ft-4.264/164.97 mph, 1,000ft-5.548.


Left Lane: Kurt Johnson Runs 6.622/209.39, Now #15; Best prior run: 6.595/210.60, Was #15
Right Lane: Deric Kramer Runs 6.654/207.66, Now #19; Best prior run: 13.503/85.84, Was #19

Rodger Brogdon is on the bump spot at 6.598.

Kramer sits on the track at the end of the burnout for a while and finally starts to back up.Two clean passes, but no joy.

Johnson was already in the field, but won't improve.

Kramer can't match his Friday pace and won't qualify.

Kurt Johnson's incremental times: 60ft-0.997 sec., 330ft-2.778, 660ft-4.264/165.48 mph, 1,000ft-5.544.
Deric Kramer's incremental times: 60ft-1.001 sec., 330ft-2.793, 660ft-4.286/164.79 mph, 1,000ft-5.570.

Left Lane: Greg Stanfield Runs 6.593/209.72, Now #14; Best prior run: 6.592/210.44, Was #14
Right Lane: Larry Morgan Runs 6.620/209.79, Now #17; Best prior run: 6.607/210.24, Was #17

Morgan needs a dime better ET to qualify, but slows.

Good pass for Stanfield, just 0.001 off his prior best.

Greg Stanfield's incremental times: 60ft-0.983 sec., 330ft-2.761, 660ft-4.242/166.37 mph, 1,000ft-5.518.
Larry Morgan's incremental times: 60ft-0.993 sec., 330ft-2.777, 660ft-4.266/165.44 mph, 1,000ft-5.544.

Left Lane: Vincent Nobile Runs 6.596/210.67, Now #12; Best prior run: 6.583/210.37, Was #11
Right Lane: Rodger Brogdon Runs 6.578/211.00, Now #11; Best prior run: 6.598/211.13, Was #16

Brogdon finds some HP and moves well off the bump and into the new #11 spot on a great looking pass.

Nobile's Avenger made a quick move off the line and he doesn't improve his ET. It's a little faster, but he gets moved down a spot to number 12.

Vincent Nobile's incremental times: 60ft-0.998 sec., 330ft-2.778, 660ft-4.256/166.60 mph, 1,000ft-5.525.
Rodger Brogdon's incremental times: 60ft-0.994 sec., 330ft-2.766, 660ft-4.240/167.05 mph, 1,000ft-5.509.

Left Lane: Bruno Massel No Time, Now #9; Best prior run: 6.575/210.28, Was #9
Right Lane: Matt Hartford Runs 6.592/209.98, Now #14; Best prior run: 6.589/210.64, Was #14

Kurt Johnson is on the bump spot at 6.595.

Massel leaves before the tree and will not get a time. He lifts early and coasts on down.

Hartford slows just a tad from earlier to stay number fourteen.

Left Lane: Rickie Jones Runs 6.544/211.46, Now #3; Best prior run: 6.556/210.28, Was #6
Right Lane: Shane Gray Runs 6.567/211.33, Now #9; Best prior run: 6.585/210.41, Was #13

Gray's Camaro shakes the tires a little and then powers on the track into the number nine spot. He misses the top half of the field by 0.007.

Great pass for JOnes to move three spots up the ladder into the number three spot.

Rickie Jones' incremental times: 60ft-0.990 sec., 330ft-2.751, 660ft-4.216/167.97 mph, 1,000ft-5.478.
Shane Gray's incremental times: 60ft-0.990 sec., 330ft-2.760, 660ft-4.233/167.26 mph, 1,000ft-5.499.

Left Lane: V. Gaines Runs 6.565/211.59, Now #6; Best prior run: 6.552/212.16, Was #6
Right Lane: Greg Anderson Runs 13.956/61.94, Now #11; Best prior run: 6.576/210.37, Was #11

Anderson's Camaro makes a move towards the wall at the green and he lifts.

Gaines makes a clean pass, but doesn't improve.

V. Gaines' incremental times: 60ft-1.003 sec., 330ft-2.770, 660ft-4.238/167.84 mph, 1,000ft-5.501.

Left Lane: Allen Johnson Runs 6.553/211.46, Now #5; Best prior run: 6.550/211.73, Was #5
Right Lane: Buddy Perkinson Runs 6.556/211.43, Now #7; Best prior run: 6.560/211.76, Was #8

Johnson slows just 0.003 from his best to stay #5,

Perkinson finds them a nd a little more to move up a spot to number seven.

Allen Johnson's incremental times: 60ft-0.992 sec., 330ft-2.758, 660ft-4.225/167.84 mph, 1,000ft-5.487.
Buddy Perkinson's incremental times: 60ft-0.983 sec., 330ft-2.753, 660ft-4.224/167.36 mph, 1,000ft-5.490.

Left Lane: Jeg Coughlin Runs 6.548/211.10, Now #4; Best prior run: 6.545/211.43, Was #4
Right Lane: Erica Enders-Stevens Runs 6.557/211.10, Now #8; Best prior run: 6.557/211.43, Was #8

Neither car will improve and Enders-Stevens matches her best ET.

Two strong passes...

Jeg Coughlin's incremental times: 60ft-0.983 sec., 330ft-2.749, 660ft-4.217/167.47 mph, 1,000ft-5.481.
Erica Enders-Stevens' incremental times: 60ft-0.991 sec., 330ft-2.756, 660ft-4.225/167.59 mph, 1,000ft-5.490.

Left Lane: Mike Edwards Runs 6.535/211.66, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.530/212.23, Was #1
Right Lane: Jason Line Runs 6.558/211.56, Now #2; Best prior run: 6.543/212.16, Was #2

Final pair of the final session of the final race of the year!

Edwards puts a a cap on it with his fifteenth number one qualifying position of the year and the fifty-sixth of his career. He is just 0.005 slower than his best and the quickest of the session.

Line misses the little points this session and still makes a good run.

Mike Edwards' incremental times: 60ft-0.981 sec., 330ft-2.743, 660ft-4.209/167.97 mph, 1,000ft-5.470.
Jason Line's incremental times: 60ft-0.988 sec., 330ft-2.758, 660ft-4.229/167.53 mph, 1,000ft-5.493.

3:19 p.m. Kurt Johnson is on the bump spot at 6.595.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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