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Sat, 2 Sep 2000, 12:42 PM

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





CLERMONT, Ind. - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Pro Stock at the 46th annual U.S. Nationals 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: Gary Wiggins Runs 12.220/65.95, Now #30; Best prior run: 7.270/189.31, Was #30
Right Lane: Terry Smith Runs 7.218/191.62, Now #29; Best prior run: 7.174/191.76, Was #29

10:52 AM The bump as we start this session is Robert Patrick's 7.066. No help for the first pair, Wiggins launching, shaking, and slowing.

Left Lane: Ray Franks Runs 7.146/193.77, Now #28; Best prior run: 7.800/191.92, Was #33
Right Lane: Ed Heck Runs 8.898/106.77, Now #34; No Prior Run

Heck's Firebird was very loose, the front of the car weaving back and forth until he finally pulled the plug. Franks got a full pass this time around, but was way off the race pace.

Left Lane: Hurley Blakeney Runs 7.063/195.05, Now #16; Best prior run: 7.116/194.41, Was #24
Right Lane: Terry Adams Runs 7.106/193.88, Now #25; Best prior run: 7.124/181.81, Was #25

Hurley's new Mustang should show up next week. Here he bumps Patrick, who is already driving a Mustang, replacing him on the bubble.

Left Lane: Larry Morgan Runs 7.216/194.58, Now #26; Best prior run: 7.137/194.38, Was #26
Right Lane: Warren Johnson Runs 7.040/196.96, Now #4; Best prior run: 7.009/197.16, Was #4



Left Lane: Kurt Johnson Runs 7.057/196.96, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.986/197.39, Was #1
Right Lane: Jeg Coughlin Runs 7.061/194.74, Now #6; Best prior run: 7.020/195.59, Was #6

Kurt's car did a dance on the launch, very sideways, and he still outran Jeg!

Left Lane: Tony Gillig Runs 7.507/147.21, Now #12; Best prior run: 7.046/194.77, Was #12
Right Lane: George Marnell Runs 7.060/195.08, Now #10; Best prior run: 7.039/195.05, Was #10

Gillig posted a stout 1.04 60-foot time, but slowed on the top end of the run.

Left Lane: Darrell Alderman Runs 7.016/195.76, Now #5; Best prior run: 7.018/195.28, Was #5
Right Lane: John Nobile Runs 7.073/194.80, Now #20; Best prior run: 7.077/194.66, Was #20

Both run a few thousandths quicker than yesterday, unusual in this session where most are slowing.

Left Lane: Richie Stevens Runs 6.999/195.19, Now #3; Best prior run: 7.060/194.13, Was #15
Right Lane: Mark Osborne Runs 7.030/195.96, Now #8; Best prior run: 7.026/195.85, Was #7

Stevens launches with a 1.024 short time and makes the quickest lap of the session to this point.

Left Lane: Brad Jeter Runs 7.046/195.42, Now #13; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Ron Krisher Runs 7.004/196.24, Now #4; Best prior run: 7.001/195.85, Was #4

Jeter gets a lap in after breaking last night and bumps Blakeney. Krisher makes a nice, consistent lap, second-best of the session so far.

Left Lane: Mark Pawuk Runs 9.857/87.11, Now #2; Best prior run: 6.986/195.96, Was #2
Right Lane: Allen Johnson Runs 7.064/194.41, Now #18; Best prior run: 7.067/194.52, Was #20

Both posted 1.05 60-foot times, but Pawuk slowed around the 330-foot marker and Johnson only improved a few ticks over last night's run, not enough to get into the field.

Left Lane: Bob Benza Runs 7.094/194.60, Now #22; Best prior run: 7.082/193.93, Was #22
Right Lane: Troy Coughlin Runs 7.075/194.74, Now #9; Best prior run: 7.033/195.05, Was #9

The bump is Danny Coffman's 7.060, by the way.

Left Lane: Rickie Smith Runs 7.050/194.97, Now #12; Best prior run: 7.041/195.05, Was #12
Right Lane: Bruce Allen No Time, Now #15; Best prior run: 7.055/194.16, Was #15

Allen broke on the burnout and was pushed off the starting line. He will have to just sweat it out, one spot off the bump spot. Good run by Smith, but no help. From the way they are wiping up "stuff" on the launch pad, it looks like either transmission or rear end problems for Allen.

Left Lane: Tom Martino Runs 7.099/194.83, Now #10; Best prior run: 7.039/195.36, Was #10
Right Lane: Mike Thomas Runs 7.190/193.29, Now #30; Best prior run: 7.162/194.07, Was #30

A couple of engine suppliers square off here after a lengthy cleanup of the right lane concrete launch pad. Thomas' car was a little loose through the first 300 feet and both lost ground to yesterday.

Left Lane: V. Gaines Runs 7.070/194.63, Now #22; Best prior run: 9.765/94.42, Was #36
Right Lane: Tom Hammonds Runs 7.062/194.55, Now #17; Best prior run: 7.099/194.63, Was #25

Two 1.05 60-foot times, Hammonds missing the field by 0.002 seconds.

Left Lane: Jim Yates Runs 7.191/193.52, Now #33; Best prior run: 7.353/178.47, Was #35
Right Lane: Scott Geoffrion Runs 13.284/64.48, Now #21; Best prior run: 7.066/194.80, Was #21

Geoffrion's car turned right and tried to get friendly with the wall, so he shut it down. Couldn't see any specific problem with Yates, but he's way off his usual pace.

Left Lane: Kenny Koretsky Runs 7.141/192.93, Now #26; Best prior run: 7.097/193.96, Was #26
Right Lane: Bill Shorts Runs 16.813/57.96, Now #37; No Prior Run

Full pass for Koretsky. Shorts launched and shut it down almost immediately, slowly coasting down the track.

Left Lane: Danny Coffman Runs 7.075/193.65, Now #16; Best prior run: 7.060/195.17, Was #16
Right Lane: Don Beverley Runs 7.115/192.80, Now #28; Best prior run: 7.142/192.82, Was #29

Two 1.05 60-foot times, but both cars were weak on the top end.

Left Lane: Joel Bayless Runs 7.393/167.18, Now #35; Best prior run: 7.313/189.20, Was #35
Right Lane: Robert Patrick Runs 7.089/194.49, Now #20; Best prior run: 7.066/194.94, Was #20

Patrick was in the field when the session started, on the bubble. He fails to get back in.

Right Lane: Roger Jenkins Runs 7.099/194.30, Now #25; Best prior run: 7.090/194.32, Was #25

The session ends with just a few tweaks in the field, no major changes. KJ is on the pole and Coffman is on the bubble, the field squeezed in between 6.986 and 7.060.




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