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Sat, 16 Sep 2000, 08:02 PM

READING - Pro Stock Qualifying Notes, Final Session
By Larry Sullivan

MOHNTON, Pa. - Notes from final, round 4 qualifying in Pro Stock at the 16th annual Keystone 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: David Strouse Jr. Runs 14.833/56.42, Now #30; Best prior run: 7.034/196.27, Was #30
Right Lane: Bill Shorts Runs 8.728/111.06, Now #33; Best prior run: 8.217/146.57, Was #33

7:21 PM With the aid of a couple of oildowns and a couple of rain delays, this is now an evening session - and could well shake the field up once again. The Pro Bike field is the quickest ever, but the cars need to step way up to achieve that honor, a 6.880 bump needed to do so. Right now the bump is Mark Osborne's 6.919.

Strouse's car turned hard left and he had to shut it off to stay out of the wall.

Left Lane: Ed Heck Runs 7.466/139.78, Now #29; Best prior run: 6.997/197.74, Was #29
Right Lane: Jerry Haas Runs 8.661/111.68, Now #31; Best prior run: 7.098/195.73, Was #31

Haas went out about 400 feet, then the RPMs shot up and he shut it down.

Left Lane: Roger Jenkins Runs 7.491/145.70, Now #28; Best prior run: 6.987/195.65, Was #28
Right Lane: Don Beverley Runs 6.993/196.73, Now #27; Best prior run: 6.964/196.56, Was #27

Left Lane: Hurley Blakeney Runs 6.964/197.59, Now #24; Best prior run: 6.948/198.85, Was #24
Right Lane: Tom Hammonds Runs 6.950/198.26, Now #26; Best prior run: 6.948/197.68, Was #26

Two good 60-foot times, 1.02 and 1.03, but both come up short on the top end.

Left Lane: John Nobile Runs 6.985/197.02, Now #23; Best prior run: 6.947/197.31, Was #23
Right Lane: Bob Benza Runs 6.954/197.65, Now #25; Best prior run: 6.948/197.97, Was #25

So far nobody has come close to breaking into the field.

Left Lane: Tom Martino Runs 6.938/198.47, Now #21; Best prior run: 6.947/198.85, Was #22
Right Lane: Scott Geoffrion Runs 6.915/198.64, Now #15; Best prior run: 6.938/198.44, Was #21

Only seven unqualified cars left to go ...and Geoffrion uses a 1.01 60-foot time and a strong top-end run to get in, bumping Osborne. Now it's Kenny Koretsky on the bubble, at 6.917. Allen left hard, with a 1.01 60-foot time, but his car headed for the centerline and he had to bail out.

Left Lane: Larry Morgan Runs 6.887/199.55, Now #9; Best prior run: 6.922/199.97, Was #17
Right Lane: V. Gaines Runs 6.960/197.68, Now #18; Best prior run: 6.926/198.52, Was #18

Morgan gets in, bumping Koretsky. Now Geoffrion is on the bubble at 6.915.

Left Lane: Kenny Koretsky Runs 6.962/196.62, Now #17; Best prior run: 6.917/197.88, Was #17
Right Lane: Mark Osborne Runs 6.953/198.70, Now #18; Best prior run: 6.919/199.17, Was #18

Left Lane: Rickie Smith Runs 6.889/198.93, Now #10; Best prior run: 6.900/199.85, Was #12
Right Lane: Allen Johnson Runs 6.912/197.65, Now #15; Best prior run: 6.914/197.91, Was #15

Two 1.01 60-foot times and two improved ETs, but only Smith moves up the ladder..

Left Lane: Mike Thomas Runs 6.884/199.26, Now #7; Best prior run: 6.898/197.48, Was #12
Right Lane: Robert Patrick Runs 6.915/199.14, Now #14; Best prior run: 6.911/199.61, Was #14

Thomas makes a nice move up the ladder, the top twelve now in the eighties.

Left Lane: Troy Coughlin Runs 6.887/199.02, Now #10; Best prior run: 6.886/199.23, Was #9
Right Lane: George Marnell Runs 6.869/199.35, Now #3; Best prior run: 6.906/198.76, Was #13

Two more good runs, Marnell leaping from the bottom half to near the top. The top thirteen are in the eighties now.

Left Lane: Kurt Johnson Runs 6.885/199.70, Now #8; Best prior run: 6.884/200.44, Was #7
Right Lane: Mark Pawuk Runs 6.875/199.08, Now #6; Best prior run: 6.894/199.17, Was #13

A pair of 1.01 60-foot times for these two and Pawuk uses it to jump from the bottom half to the top half, earning lane choice in round one tomorrow.

Left Lane: Richie Stevens Runs 6.861/198.52, Now #2; Best prior run: 6.878/198.50, Was #7
Right Lane: Warren Johnson Runs 6.855/200.71, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.885/201.28, Was #10

Two nice runs, Richie with a 1.01 60-foot time and WJ a 1.02. WJ posts his fourth 200 mph speed of the weekend and takes over the top spot.

Left Lane: Jeg Coughlin Runs 6.876/198.93, Now #7; Best prior run: 6.875/200.08, Was #7
Right Lane: Jim Yates Runs 6.878/197.80, Now #6; Best prior run: 6.872/199.85, Was #6

Nice runs, but no improvement, both launching with 1.01 60-foot times.

Left Lane: Darrell Alderman Runs 6.853/199.17, Now #2; Best prior run: 6.862/199.94, Was #3
Right Lane: Ron Krisher Runs 6.846/200.56, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.867/200.95, Was #4

Last pair. Alderman obliterates the track record and Krisher obliterates Alderman in a great close to qualifying.

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