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Fri, 5 Oct 2001, 07:19 PM

READING - Pro Stock Qualifying Notes, Session #2
By Larry Sullivan

MOHNTON, Pa. - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Pro Stock at the 17th annual Pep Boys NHRA Nationals presented by Greased Lightning 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: Darrell Alderman Runs 6.912/198.93, Now #19; Best prior run: 11.977/73.22, Was #29
Right Lane: Allen Johnson Runs 6.955/199.35, Now #25; Best prior run: 16.451/49.20, Was #30

2:40 PM The record bump for Pro Stock was the 6.844 last weekend at Chicago, so the first-round bump time here, Tom Martino's 6.888, is a pretty stout number. It's hotter and the track is warmer than the first round, so we may not see many changes this time around. For example, this pair, with no obvious problems, both come up short.

Left Lane: Robert Patrick Runs 6.944/198.12, Now #25; Best prior run: 9.043/105.61, Was #29
Right Lane: Roger Jenkins Runs 6.965/198.52, Now #27; Best prior run: 11.516/76.85, Was #30

Two more "full pulls" and still no change in the field.

Left Lane: Jim Cunningham Runs 7.333/189.58, Now #30; Best prior run: 7.385/188.94, Was #30
Right Lane: Larry Nance Runs 9.773/94.87, Now #24; Best prior run: 6.935/198.00, Was #24

Nance's car shook and danced off the line, getting crossed up before he threw in the towel.

Left Lane: Kenny Delco Runs 7.047/194.69, Now #29; Best prior run: 7.039/196.39, Was #29
Right Lane: Kenny Koretsky No Time, Now #21; Best prior run: 6.915/198.17, Was #21

Koretsky's car was pushed to the side and did not run.

Left Lane: Bob Benza Runs 6.954/197.88, Now #26; Best prior run: 6.996/198.20, Was #28
Right Lane: John Nobile Runs 6.932/200.53, Now #20; Best prior run: 6.913/200.05, Was #20

No help here either...

Left Lane: Mike Thomas Runs 6.963/197.39, Now #23; Best prior run: 6.924/199.58, Was #23
Right Lane: Bo Nickens Runs 6.889/200.65, Now #17; Best prior run: 6.902/199.94, Was #18

Bo comes very close, but misses by a thousandth...

Left Lane: Rickie Smith Runs 6.973/198.09, Now #22; Best prior run: 6.916/200.02, Was #22
Right Lane: Mark Pawuk Runs 6.912/199.79, Now #15; Best prior run: 6.877/199.26, Was #15

Nope, still no improvements for those with good runs first round.

Left Lane: Larry Morgan No Time, Now #18; Best prior run: 6.898/200.71, Was #18
Right Lane: V. Gaines Runs 6.883/201.13, Now #13; Best prior run: 6.871/200.68, Was #13

Morgan's car died at the end of the burnout and was pushed back by hand, the engine silent. Gaines runs low ET of the round so far, but it's slower than his first-round effort.

Left Lane: Tom Martino Runs 6.926/199.40, Now #16; Best prior run: 6.888/200.89, Was #16
Right Lane: Bruce Allen Runs 6.899/200.14, Now #12; Best prior run: 6.866/199.79, Was #12

Still no changes - and no 1.01 60-foot times, either. During the first round almost all the cars that made the field had 1.01 60-foot times and Jim Yates had a 1.00. Now the quick cars are posting 1.03 and 1.04 short times.

Left Lane: Mike Edwards Runs 6.873/199.85, Now #14; Best prior run: 6.872/201.43, Was #14
Right Lane: Brad Jeter Runs 6.880/200.77, Now #11; Best prior run: 6.866/200.08, Was #11

These two are the first to make runs quicker than the bump time, Edwards just 0.001 seconds off his earlier effort.

Left Lane: Ron Krisher Runs 6.900/200.38, Now #10; Best prior run: 6.866/201.91, Was #10
Right Lane: Troy Coughlin Runs 6.886/200.77, Now #6; Best prior run: 6.853/200.59, Was #6

Same old story, heat and humidity cut into the power these normally-aspirated cars have available and that cuts into their performance.

Left Lane: Jeg Coughlin Runs 6.945/194.58, Now #9; Best prior run: 6.863/200.26, Was #9
Right Lane: Tom Hammonds Runs 6.896/200.95, Now #5; Best prior run: 6.853/200.92, Was #5


Left Lane: Hurley Blakeney Runs 6.905/198.79, Now #8; Best prior run: 6.861/201.25, Was #8
Right Lane: George Marnell Runs 6.903/200.59, Now #4; Best prior run: 6.849/200.59, Was #4

Left Lane: Warren Johnson Runs 6.863/200.11, Now #7; Best prior run: 6.858/201.82, Was #7
Right Lane: Kurt Johnson Runs 6.847/201.76, Now #2; Best prior run: 6.838/201.01, Was #2

Those are impressive runs, both with 1.01 60-foot times, the quickest two runs so far.

Left Lane: Mark Osborne Runs 6.875/200.62, Now #3; Best prior run: 6.842/202.21, Was #3
Right Lane: Jim Yates Runs 6.870/200.89, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.832/201.07, Was #1

Yates also posts a 1.01 60-foot time, but comes in third for the round, the field unchanged from the first qualifying session.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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