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Sun, 12 Nov 2000, 03:34 PM

POMONA-2 - Pro Stock Round 1 Eliminations
By Larry Sullivan

POMONA, Calif. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Pro Stock at the 36th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals:

   9 Bo Nickens          6.905 199.76  Q    8 Ron Krisher         6.904 199.61
 *****WINNER***** 0.432  6.910 199.37  E1                  0.488  7.231 156.53
12:11 PM These two have raced many times in Competition Eliminator (Sportsman) competition, but this was their first meeting in Pro Stock. Bo gets his first-ever Pro Stock round win when he beat Krisher at the tree and then Krisher got out of the groove and skated around, losing the round and any chance of moving into second in the points.

   7 Rickie Smith        6.896 199.08  Q   10 Darrell Alderman    6.911 198.61
 *****WINNER***** 0.474  6.937 197.91  E1                  0.452  8.279 121.16
Smith made a last-second lane change. Neither driver likes to stage first, so a staging duels was expected, but Smith went right in and Alderman was a bit slow responding. Clean start, Alderman with the edge, but Smith's Camaro went right down the groove while Alderman's Dodge also got out of the groove and skated around.

   6 Kurt Johnson        6.896 199.85  Q   11 Arturo Delgado      6.913 199.55
 *****WINNER***** 0.461  6.899 199.29  E1                  0.473  6.955 198.70
Delgado did the best job so far in the right lane, giving KJ a good race, but "that Johnson horsepower" proved too much and Kurt won by a margin of victory = 0.068 seconds (approximately 20 feet).

   5 Mark Pawuk          6.895 200.62  Q   12 Brad Jeter          6.913 199.08
                  0.460  6.941 198.82  E1 *****WINNER***** 0.408  6.934 199.11
Pawuk's car turned hard left on the launch and, combined with Jeter's great light and solid run, that was too much, Jeter winning by a margin of victory = 0.059 seconds (approximately 17 feet).

   4 Jim Yates           6.893 198.00  Q   13 Warren Johnson      6.914 200.38
                  0.467  7.242 154.26  E1 *****WINNER***** 0.447  6.894 199.79
Fiftieth match between these two, WJ ahead 35-15 in round wins. WJ left first and ran away, in the "bad lane," Yates getting out of the groove and forced to lift on the top end. With low ET of the round so far, WJ has lane choice against Jeter next round.

   3 Richie Stevens      6.884 199.02  Q   14 Larry Morgan        6.914 199.05
 *****WINNER***** 0.439  6.914 198.06  E1                  0.457  6.939 198.79
A good drag race, :"the Kid" ahead slightly at the start and slowly pulling away to win by a margin of victory = 0.043 seconds (approximately 13 feet). Stevens loses lane choice to Kurt Johnson in round two.

   2 Bruce Allen         6.884 199.05  Q   15 Troy Coughlin       6.915 199.37
 *****WINNER***** 0.430  6.894 198.47  E1                  0.450  6.916 199.14
Another good drag race, Allen away first and slowly pulling away to win by a margin of victory = 0.042 seconds (approximately 12 feet). Allen has lane choice against Smith in round two, tying WJ for low ET of the round so far.

   1 Jeg Coughlin        6.878 199.67  Q   16 Kenny Koretsky      6.916 198.88
 *****WINNER***** 0.456  6.864 199.20  E1                  0.501  7.189 160.94
Jeg posts low ET of the round, easily winning and taking lane choice against Bo Nickens in round two.

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