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Sat, 11 Nov 2000, 01:38 PM

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

POMONA, Calif. - Notes from round 3 qualifying in Pro Stock Truck 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: Lou Ficco Runs 7.574/176.37, Now #11; Best prior run: 7.649/175.34, Was #24
Right Lane: Bob Yonke Runs 7.676/176.28, Now #27; Best prior run: 7.685/174.98, Was #27

10:07 AM Comp is just finished and we move to the morning session of the pros. Two drivers that need to step up here. Ficco gets in under the best conditions of the weekend. One more session for Yonke.

Left Lane: Bob Panella Jr Runs 7.518/179.04, Now #2; Best prior run: 7.575/177.86, Was #12
Right Lane: Greg Stanfield Runs 7.508/180.09, Now #1; Best prior run: 7.542/178.47, Was #4

That was two pretty fine passes. The conditions are cool are and broken clouds. This will be the session to improve.

Left Lane: Dale Eaton Runs 7.530/178.78, Now #4; Best prior run: 7.542/178.80, Was #5
Right Lane: Steve Johns Runs 7.488/179.68, Now #1; Best prior run: 7.533/178.31, Was #4

Johns moves right to the top of the field. He had a 1.05 60 foot number and held the momentum all the way to the finish. Eaton improves slightly.

Left Lane: Rob Slavinski Runs 7.577/178.85, Now #13; Best prior run: 7.581/178.85, Was #13
Right Lane: Mike Coughlin Runs 7.523/179.09, Now #4; Best prior run: 7.556/177.49, Was #8

Slavinski may regret missing the setup for this session. Coughlin makes a good move to the #4 spot in the field.

Left Lane: John Lingenfelter Runs 7.544/178.47, Now #8; Best prior run: 7.591/176.56, Was #17
Right Lane: Larry Kopp Runs 7.606/178.24, Now #21; Best prior run: 7.624/176.88, Was #21

Both trucks move around but Lingenfelter makes up a nickel and is middle of the pack for now.

Left Lane: Steven Farr Runs 7.525/179.21, Now #5; Best prior run: 7.596/177.81, Was #20
Right Lane: David Spitzer Runs 7.545/178.12, Now #11; Best prior run: 7.564/177.00, Was #11

Nearly identical passes here. Eaton is now on the bump spot.

Left Lane: Brian Self Runs 7.662/175.34, Now #27; Best prior run: 8.576/117.46, Was #28
Right Lane: Scott Perin Runs 7.514/178.95, Now #3; Best prior run: 7.544/177.98, Was #10

Self is running out of chances as this is his third bad pass. Perin moves way up into the field.

Left Lane: Jim Kennedy Runs 7.626/176.72, Now #22; Best prior run: 7.633/176.21, Was #23
Right Lane: Bart Price Runs 7.571/179.14, Now #13; Best prior run: 7.574/177.51, Was #13

No real help for either driver in this pair. Kennedy had his hands full of truck at the hit and he had to haul it back to the middle of the lane. Price only improves .003.

Left Lane: Charles Greco Runs 7.545/177.95, Now #12; Best prior run: 7.630/177.65, Was #23
Right Lane: Randy Daniels Runs 7.490/180.38, Now #2; Best prior run: 7.543/178.40, Was #9

Daniels parlays a 1.048 60 foot number into the #2 spot. Greco bumps Eaton and puts Slavinski on the bump spot.

Left Lane: Ruben Celedon Runs 10.522/86.78, Now #19; Best prior run: 7.591/176.88, Was #19
Right Lane: Don Smith Runs 7.604/177.91, Now #22; Best prior run: 7.658/176.14, Was #25

Celedon was loose off the line and it didn't get any better down track. Smith picks up but not enough to crack a tough field.

Left Lane: Mark Whisnant Runs 7.559/178.19, Now #13; Best prior run: 7.592/177.58, Was #20
Right Lane: Craig Eaton Runs 7.565/178.00, Now #15; Best prior run: 7.586/176.53, Was #17

Both drivers make the field and bump Ficco and Slavinski. Price is now the bump spot holder.

Left Lane: Rick Jones Runs 7.556/177.81, Now #14; Best prior run: 7.588/177.53, Was #19
Right Lane: Jeff Gracia Runs 7.509/178.66, Now #4; Best prior run: 7.662/176.97, Was #26

Both drivers make the field and Gracia does it big time. That puts out Eaton and Price. John Coughlin is the next to go.

Left Lane: Larry Seay Runs 7.514/178.14, Now #6; Best prior run: 7.530/177.98, Was #10
Right Lane: John Coughlin Runs 7.524/178.64, Now #9; Best prior run: 7.562/177.39, Was #16

Coughlin moves himself off the bump and the new holder is Whisnant.

Right Lane: Todd Patterson Runs 7.615/177.11, Now #25; Best prior run: 7.639/175.14, Was #26

The last driver of the session, Patterson, fails to crack the field. Steve Johns holds down the top spot and Whisnant is the hanger on. The conditions for the final session promise to be much colder than this one.

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