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Sat, 2 Sep 2000, 09:10 PM

INDY - Pro Stock Qualifying Notes, Session #3
By Darryl Jackman





CLERMONT, Ind. - Notes from round 3 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: Jeg Coughlin Runs 7.022/195.48, Now #7; Best prior run: 7.020/195.59, Was #7
Right Lane: Larry Morgan Runs 7.096/194.97, Now #25; Best prior run: 7.137/194.38, Was #29

7:11 PM-The Pro Stock Cars appear from around the corner and we begin the session with Kurt Johnson on the pole and Danny Coffman on the bump. No help for either driver here. The trucks had a lot of movement so I expect the same here.

Left Lane: George Marnell Runs 7.015/195.25, Now #6; Best prior run: 7.039/195.05, Was #11
Right Lane: Kurt Johnson Runs 6.996/197.19, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.986/197.39, Was #1

Marnell moves up in the field and Johnson is still close.

Left Lane: John Nobile Runs 7.036/195.28, Now #11; Best prior run: 7.073/194.80, Was #22
Right Lane: Tony Gillig Runs 7.038/194.94, Now #12; Best prior run: 7.046/194.77, Was #14

Both drivers improve. Bruce Allen is now on the bump.

Left Lane: Mark Osborne Runs 6.976/196.39, Now #1; Best prior run: 7.026/195.85, Was #9
Right Lane: Darrell Alderman Runs 7.057/194.80, Now #8; Best prior run: 7.016/195.76, Was #7

Osborne pulls the big surprise and moves to the top. Alderman gets no help.

Left Lane: Ron Krisher Runs 6.982/196.76, Now #2; Best prior run: 7.001/195.85, Was #5
Right Lane: Richie Stevens Runs 7.005/195.11, Now #5; Best prior run: 6.999/195.19, Was #4

Krisher moves to the second slot and Stevens slows slightly.

Left Lane: Allen Johnson Runs 7.003/194.72, Now #6; Best prior run: 7.064/194.41, Was #19
Right Lane: Brad Jeter Runs 7.020/196.27, Now #10; Best prior run: 7.046/195.42, Was #15

Johnson goes from the outside to the top half of the field. Jeter picks up five spots, with a two hundredths improvement.

Left Lane: Troy Coughlin Runs 6.996/196.64, Now #5; Best prior run: 7.033/195.05, Was #12
Right Lane: Mark Pawuk Runs 6.996/196.50, Now #4; Best prior run: 6.986/195.96, Was #4

These two were welded together and they both get a good result.

Left Lane: Bruce Allen Runs 7.013/195.48, Now #9; Best prior run: 7.055/194.16, Was #17
Right Lane: Bob Benza Runs 7.082/194.24, Now #23; Best prior run: 7.082/193.93, Was #23

Allen had an oil line come off in the last session and missed the run. He parlays a 1.02 60 foot number into the number nine spot. Benza gets no help.

Left Lane: Mike Thomas Runs 7.100/194.58, Now #27; Best prior run: 7.162/194.07, Was #31
Right Lane: Rickie Smith Runs 7.010/195.79, Now #9; Best prior run: 7.041/195.05, Was #17

Thomas just doesn't make the suds. In the other lane Smith bumps Tom Martino from the field.

Left Lane: Tom Hammonds Runs 7.085/194.69, Now #19; Best prior run: 7.062/194.55, Was #19
Right Lane: Tom Martino Runs 7.024/195.90, Now #15; Best prior run: 7.039/195.36, Was #17

Martino bumps back into the field and Gillig is now on the outside.

Left Lane: Scott Geoffrion Runs 7.088/194.72, Now #22; Best prior run: 7.066/194.80, Was #21
Right Lane: V. Gaines Runs 7.033/194.86, Now #16; Best prior run: 7.070/194.63, Was #22

Gaines is back into the field but on the bump spot. Nobile was the person leaving the field on that one.

Left Lane: Bill Shorts Runs 8.414/158.22, Now #36; Best prior run: 16.813/57.96, Was #37
Right Lane: Jim Yates Runs 7.070/195.68, Now #23; Best prior run: 7.191/193.52, Was #33



Left Lane: Don Beverley Runs 7.101/193.74, Now #29; Best prior run: 7.115/192.80, Was #30
Right Lane: Kenny Koretsky Runs 8.996/105.69, Now #27; Best prior run: 7.097/193.96, Was #27

Before this pair runs it's V. Gaines on the bubble. Koretsky launches well but gets loose around half track and is forced to lift. Beverly is running out of sessions.

Left Lane: Robert Patrick Runs 7.096/195.03, Now #21; Best prior run: 7.066/194.94, Was #21
Right Lane: Danny Coffman Runs 7.062/194.07, Now #19; Best prior run: 7.060/195.17, Was #19

No help for either driver.

Left Lane: Roger Jenkins Runs 7.037/194.72, Now #18; Best prior run: 7.090/194.32, Was #25
Right Lane: Joel Bayless Runs 7.260/190.48, Now #34; Best prior run: 7.313/189.20, Was #35

Jenkins just misses. Bayless is creeping up but is running out of sessions.

Left Lane: Terry Smith Runs 7.117/192.93, Now #32; Best prior run: 7.174/191.76, Was #33
Right Lane: Gary Wiggins Runs 8.352/116.61, Now #35; Best prior run: 7.270/189.31, Was #35

Again, a pair of no helps.

Left Lane: Ed Heck Runs 7.125/193.49, Now #34; Best prior run: 8.898/106.77, Was #37
Right Lane: Ray Franks Runs 7.053/194.77, Now #20; Best prior run: 7.146/193.77, Was #33

Franks improves but still needs some help. Heck is much closer.

Left Lane: Terry Adams Runs 7.049/194.83, Now #20; Best prior run: 7.106/193.88, Was #31
Right Lane: Hurley Blakeney Runs 7.077/194.18, Now #27; Best prior run: 7.116/194.41, Was #32

Blakeney lost his second run as he was light when he went over the scales. He would have been about eighteenth instead of thirty second. Both drivers will be here late this evening, looking for the missing tenth.

Left Lane: Warren Johnson Runs 6.992/197.57, Now #5; Best prior run: 7.009/197.16, Was #8

Warren parlays a 1.057 60 foot number into a number five spot. Warren waited all the way at the tail end of the line and the conditions got better and better. We end round three with Mark Osborne on the pole and V. Gaines on the bubble.




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