LAS VEGAS - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Pro Stock at the Inaugural AC Delco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, and position in order following run:
Left Lane: Ed Heck Runs 11.575/75.70, Now #2
Right Lane: Tom Lee Runs 7.148/193.08, Now #1
3:06 PM Lee made the move to NHRA Pro Stock before the final race of the IHRA season, surprising many. He is in Allen Johnson's second car, the '99 Avenger. Both cars were slow off the mark, with 1.075 60-foot times, then Heck's car got very sideways and he slowed.
Left Lane: Mike Trumble Runs 7.160/193.54, Now #2
Right Lane: Jamey Ober Runs 7.205/191.02, Now #3
Trumble's Firebird was very loose all the way down the track, the car wagging its tail several times. Ober was right with him to 330 feet, then started losing ground.
Left Lane: Bo Nickens Runs 7.080/195.85, Now #1
Right Lane: Gordie Rivera Runs 8.725/112.84, Now #5
By the way, this is an altitude track, about 1,500 feet above sea level, so the cars and bikes will be at least a tenth of a second off their sea-level pace. And it is warm out there, to boot.
Left Lane: Kenny Koretsky Runs 7.053/195.65, Now #1
Right Lane: Brad Klein Runs 7.130/193.10, Now #3
Left Lane: Hurley Blakeney Runs 7.088/195.51, Now #3
Right Lane: Ben Watson Runs 7.121/194.32, Now #4
Left Lane: John Nobile Runs 7.615/143.81, Now #10
Right Lane: Mike Thomas Runs 7.093/194.66, Now #4
Nobile's car kept trying to go to the right, toward the centerline. When it finally came back, it did so suddenly, a hard move to the left edge of the groove, and Nobile lifted.
Left Lane: Allen Johnson Runs 7.132/193.77, Now #7
Right Lane: Tom Hammonds Runs 13.218/63.95, Now #14
Hammonds' car had the front wheels in the air and the rear tires shaking, so he shut it down quickly. Johnson's run looked good to half track, then he lost ground.
Left Lane: Richie Stevens Runs 7.061/193.38, Now #3
Right Lane: Rickie Smith Runs 7.052/195.48, Now #1
Two good-looking runs here...
Left Lane: Larry Morgan Runs 7.050/195.25, Now #1
Right Lane: Troy Coughlin Runs 11.848/73.83, Now #17
Morgan went right down the groove. Coughlin had severe tire shake.
Left Lane: V. Gaines Runs 7.047/196.50, Now #1
Right Lane: Tom Martino Runs 7.404/153.79, Now #15
Very nice run by the Dallas winner. Martino's car was wagging its tail.
Left Lane: George Marnell Runs 7.016/196.90, Now #1
Right Lane: Darrell Alderman Runs 7.040/196.53, Now #2
Two very nice runs here, Marnell with the "home town advantage."
Left Lane: Brad Jeter No Time, Now #24
Right Lane: Mark Pawuk Runs 7.024/196.79, Now #3
Jeter's car went silent in the water and the crew pushed it away. Pawuk failed to qualify last weekend and recovered nicely with this run, straight and smooth.
Left Lane: Ron Krisher Runs 7.005/197.28, Now #1
Right Lane: Kurt Johnson Runs 7.060/196.22, Now #9
Krisher takes over the top spot with a very pretty run.
Left Lane: Mark Osborne Runs 7.044/196.64, Now #6
Right Lane: Jeg Coughlin Runs 7.043/195.22, Now #5
Looks like Jeg and Ozzie have also found the secret this weekend, both with smooth, straight runs.
Left Lane: Mike Edwards Runs 6.998/197.39, Now #1
Right Lane: Bruce Allen Runs 7.023/196.96, Now #4
Edwards moves into the top spot, Allen not far behind.
Left Lane: Jim Yates Runs 7.001/196.67, Now #2
Right Lane: Warren Johnson Runs 7.028/196.76, Now #7
Two more good runs to close the round, Yates just missing the second six of the round. Everyone expects the field to be set this evening, when it should be cooler and the track should be tighter.