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Fri, 26 Oct 2001, 10:31 PM

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

LAS VEGAS - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Pro Stock at the Inaugural AC Delco Las Vegas NHRA 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: Tom Hammonds Runs 6.967/198.06, Now #1; Best prior run: 13.218/63.95, Was #31
Right Lane: Brad Jeter Runs 7.040/196.33, Now #10; No Prior Run

6:57 PM The second session opens with Richie Stevens on the bubble at 7.061, but you can throw the first round results away because the entire field should change under the improved conditions tonight. This pair, for example, both with busted runs in the first session, Jeter not even getting to the starting line. This time both made pretty good runs, but Jeter's time probably won't make the cut before we are done.

Left Lane: Troy Coughlin Runs 6.989/197.33, Now #2; Best prior run: 11.848/73.83, Was #32
Right Lane: Ed Heck Runs 7.214/191.35, Now #29; Best prior run: 11.575/75.70, Was #31

Heck's car was all over the lane, darting left and right. Nice pass by Coughlin, smooth and straight.

Left Lane: Gordie Rivera Runs 7.032/195.45, Now #10; Best prior run: 8.725/112.84, Was #32
Right Lane: John Nobile Runs 7.074/194.66, Now #21; Best prior run: 7.615/143.81, Was #31

Nobile's car was all over the lane once again, on the right edge of the groove. Nice pass by Rivera, but that time, too, may not hold.

Left Lane: Tom Martino Runs 6.979/197.19, Now #2; Best prior run: 7.404/153.79, Was #32
Right Lane: Mike Trumble Runs 7.041/196.02, Now #14; Best prior run: 7.160/193.54, Was #29

Both get in, Martino looks safe.

Left Lane: Jamey Ober Runs 9.140/103.20, Now #31; Best prior run: 7.205/191.02, Was #31
Right Lane: Allen Johnson Runs 7.121/194.32, Now #28; Best prior run: 7.132/193.77, Was #29

Ober got out of the groove and started to skate around, so he lifted. Couldn't see why Johnson fell off the pace so badly, but his 60 and 330-foot times were off the mark.

Left Lane: Tom Lee Runs 7.078/194.74, Now #24; Best prior run: 7.148/193.08, Was #30
Right Lane: Hurley Blakeney Runs 7.102/194.72, Now #26; Best prior run: 7.088/195.51, Was #25

Both cars in this pair were loose, Blakeney's making a big move to the left at half track.

Left Lane: Brad Klein Runs 7.056/194.41, Now #21; Best prior run: 7.130/193.10, Was #30
Right Lane: Bo Nickens Runs 10.935/82.85, Now #26; Best prior run: 7.080/195.85, Was #25

Nickens shut it down very early in the run. Klein made a full pass.

Left Lane: Ben Watson Runs 7.551/147.44, Now #29; Best prior run: 7.121/194.32, Was #29
Right Lane: Richie Stevens Runs 7.044/194.83, Now #17; Best prior run: 7.061/193.38, Was #23

Watson slowed around half track. Stevens made a full pass, but is still looking for the big horsepower.

Left Lane: Mike Thomas Runs 7.018/195.73, Now #9; Best prior run: 7.093/194.66, Was #28
Right Lane: Kenny Koretsky Runs 6.997/196.02, Now #4; Best prior run: 7.053/195.65, Was #21

Another double bump.

Left Lane: Kurt Johnson Runs 6.987/197.51, Now #3; Best prior run: 7.060/196.22, Was #24
Right Lane: Larry Morgan Runs 7.081/194.41, Now #22; Best prior run: 7.050/195.25, Was #21

Mike Trumble held the bump spot at 7.041. KJ easily got in, but Morgan was out of the groove and skating around near the wall, scrubbing off a lot of ET and speed. Now the bump is Jeter's 7.040.

Left Lane: Rickie Smith Runs 7.007/196.19, Now #10; Best prior run: 7.052/195.48, Was #23
Right Lane: V. Gaines Runs 6.993/197.25, Now #5; Best prior run: 7.047/196.50, Was #21

Now the bump is Rivera's 7.032.

Left Lane: Jeg Coughlin Runs 7.013/196.07, Now #12; Best prior run: 7.043/195.22, Was #20
Right Lane: Mark Osborne Runs 6.992/196.90, Now #5; Best prior run: 7.044/196.64, Was #21

Now it's Mark Pawuk's 7.024.

Left Lane: Darrell Alderman Runs 6.999/197.80, Now #10; Best prior run: 7.040/196.53, Was #19
Right Lane: George Marnell Runs 6.985/197.08, Now #3; Best prior run: 7.016/196.90, Was #13

Now it's Bruce Allen's 7.023.

Left Lane: Warren Johnson Runs 7.035/196.79, Now #18; Best prior run: 7.028/196.76, Was #18
Right Lane: Ron Krisher Runs 7.091/193.96, Now #12; Best prior run: 7.005/197.28, Was #12

WJ comes up short and Krisher was lucky to have a better lap to fall back on!

Left Lane: Mark Pawuk Runs 6.976/197.25, Now #3; Best prior run: 7.024/196.79, Was #17
Right Lane: Jim Yates Runs 6.955/197.68, Now #1; Best prior run: 7.001/196.67, Was #11

Two nice runs, the bump now Mike Thomas' 7.018.

Left Lane: Bruce Allen Runs 6.963/197.62, Now #3; Best prior run: 7.023/196.96, Was #17
Right Lane: Mike Edwards Runs 6.954/198.41, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.998/197.39, Was #11

Edwards takes the top spot by a thousandth and Allen bumps Thomas. Edwards' speed is a track record. The bump for the start of the third round is Jeg Coughlin's 7.013.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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