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Sun, Nov 1, 05:56 PM

BAYTOWN - Pro Stock Round 1 Eliminations
By Larry Sullivan

Only One Upset



BAYTOWN, Texas - Results of round 1 eliminations in Pro Stock at the 2nd annual Matco Tools Supernationals:
 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   8 Steve Schmidt       6.969 197.36  Q   9 Mike Edwards        6.975 197.97
 *****WINNER***** 0.467  7.015 196.72 E1                  0.414  7.191 177.90

11:39 AM There's a strong tailwind for this round, so speeds will be up.

Edwards got a huge holeshot, but had problems on the top end and had to shut it off.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   7 Tom Martino         6.962 196.85  Q  10 Mike Thomas         6.977 197.58
 *****WINNER***** 0.536  6.999 197.80 E1                  0.549  7.011 197.62

Two slow reaction times here, Martino winning with superior horsepower today.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   6 Mark Pawuk          6.946 197.58  Q  11 Ron Krisher         6.982 197.36
 *****WINNER***** 0.504  6.992 197.88 E1                  0.449  7.056 196.29

Krisher treed "Cowboy" but Pawuk had the power to reel him back in and win by just under three feet.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   5 Richie Stevens      6.938 197.93  Q  12 John Nobile         6.984 197.67
 *****WINNER***** 0.442  6.989 197.62 E1                  0.432  7.035 197.32

Nobile only got a small advantage at the start and Stevens had the power to make that up immediately.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   4 Mark Osborne        6.936 198.36  Q  13 Jeg Coughlin        6.989 197.41
                  0.481  6.998 197.80 E1 *****WINNER***** 0.426  7.040 197.15

Finally none of the holeshots paid off, Jeg winning by just under four feet. He loses lane choice to Stevens for round two.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   2 Warren Johnson      6.923 198.67  Q  15 V. Gaines           6.989 196.42
 *****WINNER***** 0.515  6.956 199.02 E1                  0.487  7.015 196.72

WJ wins by 9 feet and has lane choice over Martino in round two.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   3 Jim Yates           6.935 197.80  Q  14 George Marnell      6.989 196.89
 *****WINNER***** 0.498  6.979 196.93 E1                  0.496  7.030 195.90

Yates wins by 14 feet and takes lane choice over Pawuk in round two.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   1 Kurt Johnson        6.920 198.67  Q  16 Troy Coughlin       6.995 197.36
 *****WINNER***** 0.500  6.982 197.84 E1                  0.507  7.034 197.15

Troy had problems right up to his final qualifying run, but his only problem here was the car in the other lane, KJ winning easily and holding lane choice over Schmidt in round two.







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