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Fri, 29 Oct 1999, 08:09 PM

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

BAYTOWN, Texas - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Pro Stock at the 3rd annual Matco Tools SuperNationals presented by Racing Champions 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: Steve Schmidt Runs 10.304/88.81, Now #4; Best prior run: 6.929/198.88, Was #4
Right Lane: Randy Jones Runs 7.018/195.03, Now #24; Best prior run: 7.022/196.47, Was #24

6:23 PM We've just seen the quickest=ever pass by a Pro Stock Motorcycle, can Pro Stock be far behind? Not judging by the first pair...

Left Lane: Kurt Johnson Runs 11.579/76.47, Now #25; Best prior run: 7.023/198.79, Was #25
Right Lane: V. Gaines Runs 6.911/200.05, Now #3; Best prior run: 6.914/199.79, Was #3

Now there's one spot left in the Speed-Pro 200 MPH Club, Gaines becoming the 15th member. KJ's problems continue. the car trying to get away from him on the launch.

Left Lane: Greg Anderson Runs 6.932/198.55, Now #7; Best prior run: 6.992/197.68, Was #20
Right Lane: John Nobile Runs 6.927/198.73, Now #4; Best prior run: 6.933/199.35, Was #6

The bump is now Ray Franks' 6.965, Anderson bumping Jerry Eckman.

Left Lane: Larry Morgan Runs 6.967/194.83, Now #18; Best prior run: 7.023/196.76, Was #26
Right Lane: Mike Thomas Runs 6.946/198.17, Now #10; Best prior run: 6.964/197.91, Was #15

Morgan comes up 0.002 seconds short of the bump. Thomas moves away from the bump, a good idea with the conditions this evening.

Left Lane: Jeg Coughlin Runs 6.921/199.37, Now #4; Best prior run: 6.950/199.02, Was #12
Right Lane: Darrell Alderman Runs 6.950/197.97, Now #13; Best prior run: 6.968/198.23, Was #19

Alderman bumps Franks, putting Jim Yates on the bubble at 6.960. Nice move by Jeg to move away from the bump spot.

Left Lane: Jim Yates Runs 6.940/197.80, Now #10; Best prior run: 6.960/198.26, Was #16
Right Lane: Arturo Delgado Runs 6.986/198.17, Now #22; Best prior run: 7.005/197.59, Was #23

Yates vacates the bump spot, giving it up to Mike Edwards at 6.955.

Left Lane: Ed Heck No Time, Now #33; Best prior run: 12.085/72.44, Was #33
Right Lane: Allen Johnson Runs 6.915/198.61, Now #4; Best prior run: 6.947/198.29, Was #13

This one turned ugly for Heck, his car getting out of the groove, to the left, near half-track. The car over-corrected, coming sharply back across the groove to the middle of the track, then turning sharply back to the left, hitting the left-hand wall very hard. The impact smashed the left side of the bodywork and the car careened across the track, hitting hard again on the right front corner, then scraping along the right hand wall for a couple hundred feet before coming to a stop. The Safety Safari had to use a big pry bar to get the door open, but Heck climbed out on his own, shaken but apparently not seriously injured.

Meanwhile, Johnson was long gone, his repaired car straight down the groove and into the top part of the field.

Left Lane: Tom Martino Runs 6.892/199.88, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.900/200.38, Was #1
Right Lane: Gary Wiggins Runs 6.977/197.16, Now #20; Best prior run: 6.996/197.22, Was #23

Left Lane: Mark Pawuk Runs 6.923/199.20, Now #2; Best prior run: 6.903/199.79, Was #2
Right Lane: Richie Stevens Runs 6.930/198.20, Now #8; Best prior run: 6.931/198.61, Was #8

Left Lane: Hurley Blakeney Runs 8.901/107.51, Now #29; Best prior run: 7.073/196.87, Was #29
Right Lane: Ron Krisher Runs 6.940/198.15, Now #11; Best prior run: 7.043/197.59, Was #28

Hurley slowed around half track.

Left Lane: Mike Trumble Runs 6.956/197.83, Now #18; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Troy Coughlin Runs 6.927/198.90, Now #6; Best prior run: 6.935/198.88, Was #10

The bump is now Bruce Allen's 6.955.

Left Lane: Mike Edwards Runs 6.955/198.32, Now #17; Best prior run: 6.955/198.50, Was #17
Right Lane: George Marnell Runs 16.190/51.52, Now #33; Best prior run: 7.148/196.27, Was #33

Marnell's car dove toward the wall on the launch and he called it off. Edwards comes up short, by about half a mile per hour.

Left Lane: Ray Franks Runs 8.903/106.82, Now #19; Best prior run: 6.965/197.83, Was #19
Right Lane: Tony Gillig Runs 10.388/86.24, Now #23; Best prior run: 6.979/198.52, Was #23

Left Lane: Jerry Eckman Runs 8.111/123.75, Now #20; Best prior run: 6.967/197.77, Was #20
Right Lane: Warren Johnson Runs 6.922/198.73, Now #6; Best prior run: 6.945/200.77, Was #13

WJ improves, but fails to come up with the run everyone expected.

Left Lane: Brad Klein Runs 15.004/58.15, Now #31; Best prior run: 7.078/195.73, Was #31
Right Lane: Rickie Smith Runs 6.918/198.47, Now #5; Best prior run: 6.981/197.13, Was #24

Rickie bumps Bruce Allen on a stellar run.

Left Lane: Victor De La Garza Runs 7.025/195.93, Now #29; Best prior run: 7.079/196.19, Was #32
Right Lane: Don Beverley Runs 8.182/118.35, Now #26; Best prior run: 7.018/196.67, Was #26

Left Lane: Joe Lepone, Jr. Runs 7.027/195.96, Now #30; Best prior run: 14.395/105.16, Was #35
Right Lane: Jamie Yates Runs 7.035/195.56, Now #31; Best prior run: 7.037/195.48, Was #30

Left Lane: Bruce Allen Runs 7.386/147.99, Now #17; Best prior run: 6.955/199.17, Was #17

Allen fails to get back in on a run that looked okay to beyond half-track and then the car started moving around a lot.

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