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Sat, 16 Sep 2000, 07:26 PM

READING - Pro Stock Bike Qualifying Notes, Final Session
By David Rowe

MOHNTON, Pa. - Notes from final, round 4 qualifying in Pro Stock Bike at the 16th annual Keystone Nationals listing lane, rider 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: Dan Baisley Runs 7.715/155.10, Now #25; Best prior run: 7.667/169.10, Was #25
Right Lane: Bruce Dickson No Time, Now #28; No Prior Run

6:16 PM Dickson hasn't made an attempt since he took out a cone on his first pass. He comes off the line here and his bike dies. Baisley can't improve.

Left Lane: Joe DeSantis Runs 7.484/159.21, Now #19; Best prior run: 7.514/177.60, Was #20
Right Lane: Lori Francis Runs 7.824/164.39, Now #27; Best prior run: 7.916/154.14, Was #27

DeSantis improves slightly but not enough to get in the show. No help for Francis.

Left Lane: Scott Cannon Runs 7.459/171.05, Now #19; Best prior run: 7.489/177.58, Was #20
Right Lane: Don DeTurck Runs 7.799/167.80, Now #26; Best prior run: 7.721/172.19, Was #26

Cannon makes a small improvement but can't get in.

Left Lane: Hector Arana Runs 7.387/175.14, Now #14; Best prior run: 7.449/182.06, Was #18
Right Lane: Ron Ayers Runs 7.586/177.25, Now #23; Best prior run: 7.535/178.12, Was #23

Hector has been struggling but finally gets in bumping out Markham.

Left Lane: Reggie Showers Runs 7.405/179.95, Now #15; Best prior run: 7.417/177.00, Was #16
Right Lane: Neil Jacobs Runs 7.634/148.58, Now #21; Best prior run: 7.525/181.13, Was #21

Showers steps it enough to get off the bump.

Left Lane: Shawn Gann Runs 7.409/173.27, Now #13; Best prior run: 7.378/177.56, Was #13
Right Lane: Brian DeLong Runs 18.108/39.09, Now #18; Best prior run: 7.426/181.57, Was #18

DeLong comes off the line and heads straight for the centerline. Gann makes a decent run but doesn't improve. The rain has started again and we will be down for a while.

Left Lane: Greg Underdahl Runs 7.400/177.42, Now #11; Best prior run: 7.354/182.70, Was #11
Right Lane: Clarence Markham No Time, Now #17; Best prior run: 7.423/175.68, Was #17

Markham just got bumped out and he won't get back in here as he leaves before the tree is activated.

Left Lane: Michael Phillips Runs 7.375/174.41, Now #11; Best prior run: 7.325/183.07, Was #10
Right Lane: Rob Short Runs 7.275/179.61, Now #7; Best prior run: 7.413/175.96, Was #16

Short makes a big move and jumps into the seventh spot.

Left Lane: Steve Johnson Runs 7.531/169.00, Now #10; Best prior run: 7.322/187.70, Was #10
Right Lane: Mike Berry Runs 7.412/178.17, Now #13; Best prior run: 7.368/179.92, Was #13

Left Lane: Craig Treble Runs 7.245/179.18, Now #6; Best prior run: 7.239/180.62, Was #6
Right Lane: Blaine Hale Runs 7.309/180.24, Now #9; Best prior run: 7.321/181.06, Was #9

Hale sets another career best and the quickest run ever by a Kawasaki.

Left Lane: Antron Brown Runs 7.212/179.11, Now #4; Best prior run: 7.193/190.51, Was #4
Right Lane: Geno Scali Runs 7.216/183.87, Now #6; Best prior run: 7.299/178.21, Was #8

The bump is now a 7.405, the quickest in NHRA history. Scali picks up and moves into the sixth spot.

Left Lane: John Smith Runs 7.261/179.85, Now #3; Best prior run: 7.190/187.83, Was #3
Right Lane: Tony Mullen Runs 7.244/184.55, Now #5; Best prior run: 7.215/182.23, Was #5

Left Lane: Angelle Seeling Runs 7.204/180.81, Now #1; Best prior run: 7.156/186.23, Was #1
Right Lane: Matt Hines Runs 7.186/186.67, Now #2; Best prior run: 7.187/181.79, Was #2

Seeling said in an interview before her run that the record would probably be broken before the weekend was out.....but it doesn't happen on this run. She has a good sixty foot time but the bike gets a little out of the groove and she has to fight to get it straightened out. This is Seeling fifth pole this season, a career best. Hines makes another good run but isn't able to take the pole from Seeling.

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