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Sun, Nov 15, 03:10 PM

POMONA - Pro Stock Round 1 Eliminations
By Rick Green





POMONA, Calif. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Pro Stock at the 34th annual NHRA Winston Finals:
 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   9 Tom Martino         6.946 197.88  Q   8 Mark Pawuk          6.944 198.85
 *****WINNER***** 0.467  6.967 197.36 E1                  0.465  6.983 196.93

Martino the runner-up from the last race will attempt to even the score against Pawuk this year. He does that as Pawuk gets the slight starting line advantage, but Martino has the power to take the win.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
  10 Mike Edwards        6.953 198.98  Q   7 Jim Yates           6.929 197.71
                  0.449  6.965 198.76 E1 *****WINNER***** 0.444  6.954 197.19

Yates leaves first and never looks back.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   6 Richie Stevens      6.929 198.54  Q  11 Rickie Smith        6.960 197.84
 *****WINNER***** 0.470  6.958 198.28 E1                  0.484  7.072 196.50

Smith is using Mark Pawuk's spare car after going into the sand the other day. Stevens leaves first and just drives away from Smith. The "Kid" wins his thirteenth round in his rookie season.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
  12 Ray Franks          6.961 197.93  Q   5 Jeg Coughlin        6.926 199.64
                  0.458  8.562 114.15 E1 *****WINNER***** 0.441  6.944 198.98

Franks' car makes a weird move off the starting line, and Jeg moves on attempting to hold on to the number two spot in the points.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
  13 Allen Johnson       6.964 198.71  Q   4 Mike Thomas         6.922  19.07
                  0.451  6.989 197.83 E1 *****WINNER***** 0.442  6.993 198.32

Thomas gets the hole-shot and holds on to win by 0.005 seconds or just over a foot.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   1 Warren Johnson      6.891 201.02  Q  16 Troy Coughlin       6.969 198.75
 *****WINNER***** 0.463  6.950 198.54 E1                  0.459  6.973 198.76

Coughlin makes a valiant effort here, but not enough to stop the Professor as he runs the quickest pass of the round, so far.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
  14 John Nobile         6.965 198.45  Q   3 Kurt Johnson        6.914 199.55
                  0.491  8.617 112.07 E1 *****WINNER***** 0.438  6.928 199.64

Nobile makes a move toward the centerline and then drives in back into his lane, and when he gets out of the groove he is all over it. Kurt runs the low elapsed time of the round, so far.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
  15 George Marnell      6.965 197.58  Q   2 Mark Osborne        6.911 199.15
 *****WINNER***** 0.408  7.071 195.43 E1                  0.488  6.995 198.45

Osborne in what could be his last race in a Pro Stock car as he is switching to a Kessinger Motorsports truck next year. Marnell takes a gamble on the light and it pays off here, as he is able to hold off a hard charging Osborne. Marnell wins by 0.004 seconds or just over a foot.







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