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Sat, 11 Nov 2000, 02:20 PM

POMONA-2 - Pro Stock Qualifying Notes, Session #3
By Darryl Jackman





POMONA, Calif. - Notes from round 3 qualifying in Pro Stock at the 36th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals 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: Brad Klein Runs 6.977/197.33, Now #16; Best prior run: 7.031/195.45, Was #22
Right Lane: Darrell Alderman Runs 6.911/198.61, Now #2; Best prior run: 6.954/197.48, Was #11

10:45 AM Based on the performance in the other classes look for these cars to step up. It starts early with Alderman moving into the #2 spot. Klein makes the field but it won't hold.

Left Lane: John Geyer Runs 6.984/197.45, Now #17; Best prior run: 7.931/124.13, Was #30
Right Lane: Mike Thomas Runs 8.828/108.42, Now #27; Best prior run: 7.062/195.73, Was #26

Thomas was every way but straight in the right lane. Geyer had a 1.01 60 foot number but the car fell off in the midrange.

Left Lane: George Marnell Runs 6.929/198.15, Now #6; Best prior run: 7.890/126.98, Was #30
Right Lane: Robert Patrick Runs 6.918/199.52, Now #3; Best prior run: 7.022/196.64, Was #23

Marnell was loose after mid track and when the numbers came up it was a real surprise. Patrick pulls out a great set of numbers in the Ford.

Left Lane: Rickie Smith Runs 6.896/199.08, Now #1; Best prior run: 7.053/195.22, Was #27
Right Lane: Danny Coffman Runs 6.948/197.80, Now #15; Best prior run: 7.660/138.27, Was #30

Both drivers improve but it's Smith that throws down the biggest number. Smith was loose at the hit but motors on down. Coffman was right behind and makes the field. Don't look for that to hold. Yates and Pawuk are out of the field.

Left Lane: Bo Nickens Runs 6.905/199.76, Now #3; Best prior run: 6.987/195.73, Was #23
Right Lane: V. Gaines Runs 6.951/197.97, Now #17; Best prior run: 7.079/193.21, Was #30

Wow! Nickens moves around most everyone to take over the #3 spot. Gaines will need the final session later on today. Gaines is out of the field and Coffman is on the bump.

Left Lane: Mark Osborne Runs 6.938/198.35, Now #11; Best prior run: 6.986/197.42, Was #24
Right Lane: Tom Martino Runs 6.938/197.83, Now #12; Best prior run: 7.052/195.51, Was #29



Left Lane: Larry Morgan Runs 6.914/199.05, Now #5; Best prior run: 6.976/198.00, Was #23
Right Lane: Gordie Rivera Runs 7.020/196.64, Now #29; Best prior run: 7.035/195.28, Was #29

Morgan makes a hard turn off the line and still runs a number good enough to make the top half of the field. He bumps Geoffrion.

Left Lane: Kurt Johnson Runs 6.896/199.85, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.945/198.82, Was #18
Right Lane: Hurley Blakeney Runs 6.939/199.05, Now #16; Best prior run: 6.995/195.82, Was #28

Kurt takes over the top spot by way of speed. Both he and Smith ran the same ET to the thousandth of a second. Blakeney causes the Safety Safari to take a look at the track, but they find nothing. Blakeney bumps Jeter.

Left Lane: Jamie Yates Runs 6.968/197.02, Now #23; Best prior run: 6.964/197.36, Was #23
Right Lane: Allen Johnson Runs 6.992/197.22, Now #28; Best prior run: 6.991/195.82, Was #28

Both drivers are all over their respective lanes and will not make the show in this session.

Left Lane: Bruce Allen Runs 6.884/199.05, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.961/197.51, Was #22
Right Lane: Arturo Delgado Runs 6.913/199.55, Now #7; Best prior run: 6.988/196.47, Was #27

We have a new number one qualifier. Allen had a 1.002 60 foot number and never looked back. Delgado makes his career best pass.

Left Lane: Jim Yates Runs 6.893/198.00, Now #2; Best prior run: 6.941/198.17, Was #20
Right Lane: Mark Pawuk Runs 6.895/200.62, Now #3; Best prior run: 6.965/196.27, Was #25

Pawuk throws out the first 200 mph pass of the weekend. Both drivers are in the 6.8's and come from outside the field. Osborne and Martino are now outside the field.

Left Lane: Brad Jeter Runs 6.913/199.08, Now #10; Best prior run: 6.940/198.50, Was #21
Right Lane: Scott Geoffrion Runs 6.976/198.50, Now #22; Best prior run: 6.941/197.36, Was #22

Geoffrion really rattled the tires at the hit and that was about the end of his chances. Jeter bumps Troy Coughlin.

Left Lane: Kenny Koretsky Runs 6.916/198.88, Now #13; Best prior run: 6.938/197.31, Was #20
Right Lane: Warren Johnson Runs 6.914/200.38, Now #11; Best prior run: 6.937/198.52, Was #16

WJ gets off the bubble but fails to make the top half of the field. Koretsky makes the field and it might hold for the rest of the session. Krisher is now on the bump spot.

Left Lane: Troy Coughlin Runs 6.915/199.37, Now #14; Best prior run: 6.938/198.61, Was #18
Right Lane: Richie Stevens Runs 6.884/199.02, Now #2; Best prior run: 6.918/196.70, Was #15

Stevens misses knocking Allen out of the top spot by .03 mph. Identical ET's. Coughlin bumps back into the field and puts Patrick on the bubble. Krisher is out but in the next pair.

Left Lane: Ron Krisher Runs 6.904/199.61, Now #8; Best prior run: 6.924/197.97, Was #17
Right Lane: Jeg Coughlin Runs 6.878/199.67, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.904/197.71, Was #7

We have another new #1 qualifier as Jeg drives around the field to the top. Krisher gets back into the field and bumps Patrick. That was the end of a fantastic session the in the end puts the field .04 seconds apart. Jeg with a 6.878 and Kenny Koretsky holding down the final spot in the field at 6.916.




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