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Sat, 1 Jun 2002, 03:17 PM

Pro Stock Round 1 Eliminations
By Larry Sullivan





DINWIDDIE, Va. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Sunoco Race Fuels Pro Stock at the Hooters IHRA Drag Racing Series, 2nd annual ACDelco Nationals presented by Chevrolet:

Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   9 Dwayne Rice         6.652 208.88  Q    8 Hank Hill           6.650 209.14
 *****WINNER***** 0.476  6.672 209.88  E1                  0.482  9.930  89.80

At the start of Pro eliminations, the temperature is 66 degrees with 66-percent relative humidity. The barometric pressure is 29.95 and steady. Rice and Hill were separated by only two-thousandths of a second in qualifying. Hill got out of shape and almost crossed the center line, so he had to back off. Rice held it straight and got the win.

Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   7 Jeff Dobbins        6.646 209.95  Q   10 Steve Williford     6.656 207.85
 *****WINNER***** 0.425  6.620 211.76  E1                  0.476  6.677 208.78

Dobbins had the better light and held on to take the win. His speed was about 1.5 MPH slower than the class record.

Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   6 Jerry Yeoman        6.641 208.78  Q   11 Ron Miller          6.658 206.70
                  0.459  6.634 209.85  E1 *****WINNER***** 0.425  6.657 208.46

Miller stole it off the line with a .425 RT. Miller's margin of victory: 0.0115 seconds (approximately 4 feet).

Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
  12 John Bartunek       6.660 206.76  Q    5 Brian Gahm          6.640 208.97
                  0.445  6.649 207.98  E1 *****WINNER***** 0.454  6.633 210.34

Bartunek came off the line just a bit quicker but Gahm ran him down for the win. Gahm's margin of victory: 0.0079 seconds (approximately 2 feet).

Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
  13 Elijah Morton       6.664 208.20  Q    4 Tim Nabors          6.633 207.91
                  0.000 No Data        E1                  0.000 No Data

Morton and Nabors were ready to stage when it started to rain. After a brief rain delay, race officials pushed this pair back to give them time to cool.

Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   3 John Montecalvo     6.626 209.10  Q   14 Steve Spiess        6.664 207.66
 *****WINNER***** 0.454  6.590 210.47  E1                  0.567  6.657 207.34

Montecalvo was slow during the first three rounds of qualifying but found the right combination in the final round. He had the right combination as he ran the first sub-6.6 second run here to win the round and get lane choice over Miller in round two.

Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
  15 Rick Jones          6.670 207.27  Q    2 Chris Holbrook      6.625 208.84
                  0.478  6.670 209.95  E1 *****WINNER***** 0.446  6.607 211.33

Jones was a bit slow coming off the line. He started to catch Holbrook but just ran out of track so Jones will be going home while Holbrook moves on to round two.

Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
  16 Doug Kirk           6.671 209.36  Q    1 Carl Baker          6.604 210.18
                  0.432  6.612 211.00  E1 *****WINNER***** 0.445  6.584 210.41

Baker was the number one qualifier but has yet to make it to the end of the track in elimination rounds this year. This time, Baker made it to the end of a track with a new track record. Kirk had the better start but got out of the groove and toward the wall and Baker made up the difference within the first 60 feet.

Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
  13 Elijah Morton       6.664 208.20  Q    4 Tim Nabors          6.633 207.91
                  0.000 No Data        E1                  0.000 No Data

Morton and Nabors came up to the line again and once again, it started to rain. This time, the rains were for real and after a more than two-hour delay, the IHRA decided to postpone the rest of the day's scheduled events. Morton and Nabors will pick up where they were on Saturday, June 1.

Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
  13 Elijah Morton       6.664 208.20  Q    4 Tim Nabors          6.633 207.91
                  0.519 13.804  63.56  E1 *****WINNER***** 0.449  6.734 206.48

2:05 PM Six weeks ago these two tried twice to race each other and each time, the rains came. Morton's car shook and danced on the launch, while Nabors solved the launch problem that almost bit him in the time trials earlier today and made a clean pass. He faces Brian Gahm next round, Gahm with lane choice.





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