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Sat, 3 Sep 2005, 09:07 PM

Pro Stock Qualifying Notes, Session #3
By Larry Sullivan

CLERMONT, Ind. - Notes from round 3 qualifying in Pro Stock at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 51st annual Mac Tools U.S. Nationals 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: Allen Johnson Runs 6.748/203.46, Now #7; Best prior run: 6.778/202.82, Was #18
Right Lane: Pat Herold Runs 6.916/199.26, Now #29; Best prior run: 6.978/199.02, Was #31

7:26 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 78 degrees, relative humidity 35 percent, barometer 29.72 inches, adjusted altitude 1,674 feet, track temperature 98 degrees.

Dave Connolly is on the bump spot at 6.769.

Johnson bumped in on a nice run, but there will be a lot of that this round. Now Erica Enders is on the bump spot at 6.768.

Left Lane: Larry Peternel Runs 7.119/188.89, Now #33; Best prior run: 8.873/105.46, Was #34
Right Lane: Bill Shorts Runs 7.414/152.88, Now #34; Best prior run: 7.126/193.24, Was #33

Peternel finally got it all the way down the track in one shot, but he's way short of the bump time.

Left Lane: Jerry Hemmingson Runs 6.939/198.99, Now #32; Best prior run: 6.961/199.40, Was #31
Right Lane: Tony Rizzo Runs 6.922/201.01, Now #30; Best prior run: 7.046/200.74, Was #32

Weather conditions: air temperature 77 degrees, relative humidity 37 percent, barometer 29.71 inches, adjusted altitude 1,657 feet, track temperature 89 degrees.

Left Lane: John Mahoney Runs 6.920/199.17, Now #30; Best prior run: 6.930/198.93, Was #31
Right Lane: Mike Trumble Jr Runs 16.451/49.97, Now #27; Best prior run: 6.862/201.19, Was #27

Trumble launched, shook, and slowed.

Left Lane: Ron Krisher Runs 17.906/43.63, Now #28; Best prior run: 6.876/202.61, Was #28
Right Lane: Ben Watson Runs 7.131/159.80, Now #24; Best prior run: 6.815/202.21, Was #24

Krisher's car made a hard move toward the wall and he lifted. Watson looked like he was on a good run, but he shut it off way before the finish line.

Left Lane: Barry Grant Runs 6.872/201.43, Now #26; Best prior run: 6.838/201.13, Was #26
Right Lane: Bob Panella Runs 6.791/202.70, Now #20; Best prior run: 6.785/203.06, Was #20

Left Lane: Kevin Lawrence Runs 7.163/156.25, Now #25; Best prior run: 6.829/201.97, Was #25
Right Lane: Ronnie Humphrey Runs 6.819/202.73, Now #23; Best prior run: 6.808/203.16, Was #23

Humphrey's car had to pushed back to the line after the burnout, but the engine was running and he was able to stage the car. Lawrence slowed on the top end, losing ground to Humphrey all the way.

Left Lane: Bob Benza Runs 6.770/203.86, Now #18; Best prior run: 6.783/203.61, Was #19
Right Lane: Jeg Coughlin Runs 6.793/203.22, Now #9; Best prior run: 6.752/203.71, Was #9

Benza made a very nice run, came up a couple thousandths short of the bump time.

Left Lane: Richie Stevens Runs 6.748/203.83, Now #7; Best prior run: 6.754/203.95, Was #11
Right Lane: Kenny Koretsky Runs 14.781/56.66, Now #19; Best prior run: 6.778/202.94, Was #19

Stevens' car sports "1-800-HelpNow" a phone number people can call to offer relief help for hurricane survivors, his family suffering a lot of damage to their property and business from Katrina. They are insured, but many of their friends are not and have lost everything.

Nice run by Stevens to move into the top half of the field, though that may not last. Koretsky shook early and lifted almost immediately.

Left Lane: Mike Edwards Runs 6.759/203.95, Now #14; Best prior run: 6.799/202.88, Was #22
Right Lane: Dave Howard Runs 6.757/203.43, Now #9; Best prior run: 6.751/203.86, Was #9

Edwards made a good enough run to bump Enders. Bruce Allen is now on the bump spot at 6.767.

Left Lane: Bruce Allen Runs 6.771/203.52, Now #17; Best prior run: 6.767/203.19, Was #16
Right Lane: Dave Northrop Runs 6.762/203.06, Now #16; Best prior run: 6.785/201.94, Was #22

Northrop stepped up and bumped Allen, replacing him on the bubble.

Left Lane: Mark Pawuk Runs 6.789/202.45, Now #12; Best prior run: 6.755/203.98, Was #12
Right Lane: Jim Yates Runs 6.758/204.11, Now #14; Best prior run: 6.760/203.68, Was #15

Pawuk's first run was good enough to keep him in the field despite losing ground last session. Yates' new GTO was stark white, with no paint or decals Thursday, now it's decorated in Sea Ray colors. Pawuk lost ground for the second round in a row, the car getting out of the groove a bit, but Yates managed to improve enough to move up one spot.

Left Lane: Dave Connolly Runs 6.746/203.40, Now #8; Best prior run: 6.769/203.12, Was #19
Right Lane: Greg Stanfield Runs 6.744/203.95, Now #7; Best prior run: 6.756/203.98, Was #13

Two great launches here, 0.982 for Connolly and 0.985 for Stanfield for the first 60 feet. Both maintained that momentum all the way down the track to move into the top half of the field. That bumped Dave Northrop. Mike Edwards is now on the bump spot at 6.759.

Left Lane: Erica Enders Runs 6.758/204.14, Now #15; Best prior run: 6.768/203.61, Was #19
Right Lane: V. Gaines Runs 6.756/203.37, Now #3; Best prior run: 6.737/203.92, Was #3

Enders clocked a 0.988 short time, Gaines a 0.995. She got in, bumping Edwards. Jim Yates is on the bump spot at 6.758, his speed 0.03 mph slower than Enders.

Left Lane: Larry Morgan Runs 6.736/204.20, Now #3; Best prior run: 6.743/204.11, Was #6
Right Lane: Jason Line Runs 6.736/203.89, Now #4; Best prior run: 6.743/204.26, Was #5

Bumping should be over for this round, but they will have two more shots at it tomorrow.

Two more great 60-foot times, 0.984 for Line, 0.988 for Morgan. They ran identical elapsed times, Morgan getting the position by virtue of speed.

Left Lane: Warren Johnson Runs 6.744/205.47, Now #7; Best prior run: 6.753/204.70, Was #13
Right Lane: Rickie Smith Runs 8.460/115.63, Now #6; Best prior run: 6.739/204.54, Was #6

Smith spun the tires and made a hard move toward the wall, then lifted. WJ moved into the top half of the field and ran top speed of the meet on a nice, straight run.

Left Lane: Greg Anderson Runs 6.689/205.51, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.706/204.91, Was #1
Right Lane: Kurt Johnson Runs 6.737/205.26, Now #2; Best prior run: 6.728/205.35, Was #2

"How low can they go?" These two showed their edge on the field last round and everyone was watching as they squared off again. There was nothing wrong with KJ's run, but Anderson was clocked at 0.977 in the first 60 feet and set a track ET and speed record to close out the round. Greg Anderson's incremental times: 60ft-0.977 sec., 330ft-2.783, 660ft-4.294/163.16mph, 1,000ft-5.593
Kurt Johnson's incremental times: 60ft-0.998 sec., 330ft-2.820, 660ft-4.336/162.86mph, 1,000ft-5.639.

After three of five rounds, it's Anderson atop the heap and Jim Yates is on the bump spot at 6.758.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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