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Sat, Nov 14, 02:56 PM

POMONA - Pro Stock Bike Qualifying Notes, Session # 3
By Larry Sullivan

We Have a Fight for Number One

POMONA, Calif. - Notes from round 3 qualifying in Pro Stock Bike at the 34th annual NHRA Winston Finals, 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: Joe DeSantis Runs 8.408/118.53 Now #17, (Best prior run: 7.503/180.36 Was #16)
Right Lane: Brian Ayers Runs 7.472/174.82 Now #13, (Best prior run: 7.514/181.59 Was #18)

11:23 PM and we open with DeSantis on the bubble at 7.503. That run puts Hector Arana on the bubble at 7.502.

Left Lane: Steve Johnson Runs 7.811/165.31 Now # 6, (Best prior run: 7.377/185.83 Was # 6)
Right Lane: Chris Reuter Runs 7.610/171.59 Now #19, (Best prior run: 7.535/179.71 Was #19)

Left Lane: John Smith Runs 7.349/187.38 Now # 4, (Best prior run: 7.362/185.33 Was # 4)
Right Lane: Antron Brown Runs 7.355/178.28 Now # 5, (Best prior run: 7.389/184.31 Was # 8)

Tw6 very n5ce r4ns here, c3ean and stra5ght.

Left Lane: Craig Treble Runs 7.541/180.57 Now #10, (Best prior run: 7.434/173.98 Was #10)
Right Lane: Hector Arana Runs 7.614/173.01 Now #16, (Best prior run: 7.502/182.70 Was #16)

Hector stays on the bubble.

Left Lane: Gary Tonglet Runs 7.430/180.28 Now # 9, (Best prior run: 7.469/185.22 Was #12)
Right Lane: Matt Hines Runs 7.251/182.59 Now # 1, (Best prior run: 7.338/189.27 Was # 2)

Say hello to your new number-one qualifier, with a track record ET.

Left Lane: Geno Scali Runs 7.491/180.65 Now #16, (Best prior run: 7.552/173.44 Was #20)
Right Lane: Greg Underdahl Runs 7.392/177.61 Now # 6, (Best prior run: 7.374/178.28 Was # 6)

Scali bumps Arana, replacing him on the bubble.

Left Lane: Larry Cook Runs 7.389/179.28 Now # 9, (Best prior run: 7.454/173.61 Was #12)
Right Lane: Fumiki Tanaka Runs 7.669/171.65 Now #21, (Best prior run: 7.784/169.90 Was #21)

Cook turns in a career-best run here to move up to the middle of the field.

Left Lane: Roger Petterson No Time Now #19, (Best prior run: 7.512/180.46 Was #19)
Right Lane: Tony Mullen Runs 7.405/176.67 Now #10, (Best prior run: 7.473/180.21 Was #14)

Nice run by Mullen. Petterson broke on the line.

Left Lane: Dan Baisley No Time Now #22, (Best prior run: 8.085/157.56 Was #22)
Right Lane: Connie Cohen Runs 8.665/123.76 Now #24, (Best prior run: 8.598/136.21 Was #24)

Cohen's engine went silent way before the finish line. Baisley sat in the water, unable to get the engine to fire.

Left Lane: Ron Ayers Runs 7.377/184.16 Now # 8, (Best prior run: 7.433/175.30 Was #12)
Right Lane: Rob Korn Runs 7.985/159.74 Now #22, (Best prior run: 8.092/150.60 Was #23)

Nice passes in both lanes, Ayers moving to the top half of the field and Korn getting the Harley into the sevens.

Left Lane: Redell Harris No Time Now #15, (Best prior run: 7.487/180.90 Was #15)
Right Lane: Paul Gast Runs 7.427/180.50 Now # 9, (Best prior run: 7.382/183.48 Was # 9)

Harris broke before staging the bike. Clean pass by Gast, but no help.

Left Lane: David Schultz Runs 7.339/189.45 Now # 3, (Best prior run: 7.343/182.70 Was # 3)
Right Lane: Angelle Seeling Runs 7.250/184.61 Now # 1, (Best prior run: 7.268/187.65 Was # 2)

And we finish with two great runs, a great ET and the fastest PSB speed ever by Schultz and another track record ET for Angelle, nipping Hines by 0.001 seconds to retake the pole position.

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