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Sun, 2 Sep 2001, 10:13 AM

INDY - Pro Stock Bike Qualifying Notes, Session #4
By Larry Sullivan

CLERMONT, Ind. - Notes from round 4 qualifying in Pro Stock Bike at the 47th annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals 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: Neil Jacobs Runs 7.655/169.85, Now #24; Best prior run: 7.610/163.85, Was #24
Right Lane: Connie Cohen Runs 7.579/175.14, Now #21; Best prior run: 7.451/177.56, Was #21

10:41 AM Seems strange for fourth-round qualifying not to be "final," but this is Indy and, even with the Pro racing cut back to four days, there are five rounds of qualifying.

The round opens with C.J. Smith on the bubble at 7.410. No help for this first pair...

Left Lane: Mike Berry Runs 7.346/184.17, Now #11; Best prior run: 7.351/181.86, Was #11
Right Lane: Ron Ayers Runs 7.713/174.32, Now #15; Best prior run: 7.395/181.59, Was #15

Ayers' bike bogged on the launch. Small improvement for Berry, not enough to move him up the ladder.

Left Lane: Reggie Cole Runs 7.512/173.63, Now #23; Best prior run: 7.474/173.03, Was #23
Right Lane: Bruce Dickson No Time, Now #27; Best prior run: 7.820/170.79, Was #27

Dickson's bike headed for the centerline, crossing the stripe and getting very close to Cole, who was out of the groove and also near the centerline.

Left Lane: Chris Reuter Runs 7.602/176.67, Now #14; Best prior run: 7.387/174.75, Was #14
Right Lane: Dennis Mirante Runs 7.646/174.59, Now #25; Best prior run: 7.771/162.78, Was #26

Reuter launched, bobbed up, then tucked in again, a sure sign of problems.

Left Lane: C.J. Smith Runs 7.364/177.25, Now #12; Best prior run: 7.410/176.65, Was #16
Right Lane: Brian DeLong Runs 7.421/179.47, Now #14; Best prior run: 7.382/181.28, Was #13

Nice run for Smith to get off the bubble. Now it's Ron Ayers on the bump spot, at 7.395.

Left Lane: Greg Underdahl Runs 7.333/179.25, Now #10; Best prior run: 7.414/177.04, Was #17
Right Lane: Geno Scali Runs 7.406/180.36, Now #18; Best prior run: 7.442/177.16, Was #20

Underdahl leaps into the field, bumping Ayers. Scali improves a bit on his new ride, but is still short of the field. Now it's Reuter who is on the bubble, at 7.387.

Left Lane: Blaine Hale Runs 7.433/179.76, Now #20; Best prior run: 7.454/174.17, Was #22
Right Lane: Rob Short Runs 7.442/184.65, Now #19; Best prior run: 7.420/180.79, Was #19

No help here...

Left Lane: Reggie Showers Runs 7.267/179.44, Now #7; Best prior run: 7.332/183.72, Was #9
Right Lane: Steve Johnson Runs 7.341/179.23, Now #12; Best prior run: 7.370/183.44, Was #14

Two nice runs here, Showers moving into the top half of the field and Johnson moving a couple spots away from the bump.

Left Lane: Sam Hurwitz Runs 7.370/177.04, Now #15; Best prior run: 7.433/173.94, Was #21
Right Lane: Chris Bostick Runs 7.411/180.50, Now #11; Best prior run: 7.341/182.62, Was #11

Hurwitz bumps Reuter, putting Brian DeLong on the bubble at 7.382.

Left Lane: Joe DeSantis Runs 7.334/180.26, Now #9; Best prior run: 7.317/177.37, Was #9
Right Lane: Todd Doege Runs 7.313/179.88, Now #8; Best prior run: 7.268/188.54, Was #8

Doege's first U.S. Nationals is going very well...

Left Lane: Antron Brown Runs 7.220/184.70, Now #2; Best prior run: 7.189/186.12, Was #2
Right Lane: GT Tonglet Runs 7.286/185.84, Now #4; Best prior run: 7.238/184.22, Was #4

Both riders lost a few hundredths here, but nice runs nonetheless.

Left Lane: Craig Treble Runs 7.225/180.36, Now #3; Best prior run: 7.200/184.72, Was #3
Right Lane: Matt Hines Runs 7.220/185.79, Now #4; Best prior run: 7.262/179.61, Was #6

Two more good runs, Hines improving enough to move up into the top four on the ladder.

Left Lane: Shawn Gann Runs 7.194/183.27, Now #3; Best prior run: 7.248/178.66, Was #6
Right Lane: Angelle Savoie Runs 7.293/179.14, Now #1; Best prior run: 7.127/189.87, Was #1

Gann beat Savoie on a big holeshot in the semifinals yesterday and then went on the wake the $15,000 first prize. He adds to his fun weekend by running a career-best elapsed time, low ET of the round, to move into the third spot. Savoie slowed a bunch from her pace yesterday, the problem not evident from here.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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