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Fri, 13 Oct 2006, 08:03 PM

Pro Stock Qualifying Notes, Session #2
By Dan Bennett

DINWIDDIE, Va. - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Pro Stock at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, Inaugural Torco Racing Fuels NHRA 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: Tony Rizzo Runs 6.735/202.97, Now #19; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Bob Benza Runs 22.632/80.09, Now #27; Best prior run: 28.000/0.00, Was #27

Rizzo comes close to his personal best. We heard that his previous oil slick came from an oil line becoming completely detached.

Benza goes nowhere off the line (1.513 sixty foot) and shuts it down.

Left Lane: Mark Pawuk Runs 6.665/206.54, Now #13; Best prior run: 28.000/0.00, Was #30
Right Lane: Steve Schmidt Runs 8.667/103.67, Now #25; Best prior run: 23.687/31.34, Was #28

Pawuk gets it all together on this run. The nose came up high, and the car wiggled through 2nd and 3rd but settled down enough to get qualified.

I didn't see what was happening with Schmidt.

Left Lane: Dave Northrop Runs 6.702/206.67, Now #17; Best prior run: 28.000/0.00, Was #30
Right Lane: Jeg Coughlin Runs 6.618/208.49, Now #3; Best prior run: 17.219/70.46, Was #28

Two leavers on the line, even though it's just for times and there won't be a winner.

Well, welcome back Jeggie! Of course, that's by far a career best run and is one of the quickest runs ever.

Northrup sounded like he was in 1st a long time and gets close but not in.

Left Lane: Mike Edwards No Time, Now #29; Best prior run: 13.471/58.41, Was #28
Right Lane: Tommy Lee Runs 6.681/207.15, Now #16; Best prior run: 13.982/59.85, Was #29

Yellow Slammers car in the right lane, Young Life in the left.

Edwards' car goes nowhere and it shuts off real early in the pass.

Lee runs quick enough to get in the 16th position, but I doubt if anyone thinks he'll get to stay there.

Left Lane: Erica Enders Runs 6.630/207.75, Now #5; Best prior run: 7.468/139.72, Was #27
Right Lane: John Mahoney Runs 6.883/198.47, Now #25; Best prior run: 6.952/198.32, Was #25

All eyes are on Enders right now, as everyone is curious about how her new move is going to work out. The last session didn't give up much information.

Rhode Island's only Pro Stock racer (I'm making that up but bet I'm right) stages in the right lane.

The sun has set and the track lights are on.

As promised by Crew Chief David Nickens, Erica gets in the show. Not only that, but those numbers are the best ever in her career.

Mahoney steps up but this is some serious stuff going on here.

Left Lane: Jerry Haas Runs 6.819/201.07, Now #26; Best prior run: 7.380/197.97, Was #27
Right Lane: Max Naylor Runs 6.652/207.18, Now #10; Best prior run: 6.909/165.56, Was #26

Naylor continues his string of competitive passes and puts himself deep into the field. Pawuk is now on the bump.

Haas waits a while before he drops the clutch and doesn't improve enough to get in. We're fast approaching the quickest Pro Stock field in history.

Right Lane: Tommy Brown Runs 6.762/204.91, Now #24; Best prior run: 6.735/205.98, Was #24

Brown takes his time to light the first beam on this single run.

That run looked pretty good from here but something happened at the other end as the last half really tapered off compared to the first half.

Left Lane: Barry Grant No Time, Now #22; Best prior run: 6.713/206.48, Was #16
Right Lane: Rickie Smith Runs 6.689/206.20, Now #19; Best prior run: 6.711/205.29, Was #15

Left Lane: Tom Martino Runs 6.622/208.17, Now #4; Best prior run: 6.701/207.43, Was #20
Right Lane: Ron Krisher Runs 6.674/205.35, Now #18; Best prior run: 6.671/206.29, Was #17

Left Lane: Richie Stevens Runs 6.605/207.75, Now #3; Best prior run: 6.660/207.37, Was #16
Right Lane: Larry Morgan Runs 6.623/207.82, Now #6; Best prior run: 6.641/207.46, Was #10

We listen to the sweet sound of two Hemis singing as they cross the finish line at nearly 10,000 rpm.

Hey, Richie's for real. He runs the 3rd quickest time of all time and his crew is jumping all over the starting line.

Left Lane: Jim Yates Runs 6.809/205.85, Now #16; Best prior run: 6.658/207.02, Was #16
Right Lane: Warren Johnson Runs 6.644/207.40, Now #11; Best prior run: 6.638/207.27, Was #11

Yates' car makes a violent move to the centerline and it really hurts the run.

WJ slows down from his last pass and we wonder if consistency is going to be a problem this weekend.

Left Lane: V. Gaines Runs 6.652/207.91, Now #12; Best prior run: 6.658/207.53, Was #15
Right Lane: Greg Stanfield Runs 6.605/208.49, Now #3; Best prior run: 6.637/207.94, Was #10

Stanfield continues his impressive string of world-class runs and jumps to the 3rd position. He matches Stevens on ET but outduels him on MPH.

Gaines runs a .65 and nobody cares. It's one of those incredible sessions.

Left Lane: Kenny Koretsky Runs 6.641/208.23, Now #12; Best prior run: 6.658/208.26, Was #15
Right Lane: Allen Johnson Runs 6.614/207.43, Now #5; Best prior run: 6.631/207.46, Was #10

Koretsky is very slow to prestage. There's some sort of confusion as Rick Stewart is waving one way and his crew is waving the other.

Another .61 from the strong Mopar of the J&J.

Left Lane: Dave Connolly Runs 6.643/207.34, Now #13; Best prior run: 6.656/207.46, Was #15
Right Lane: Kurt Johnson Runs 6.613/209.01, Now #5; Best prior run: 6.626/208.68, Was #9

Connolly barely in the field at this point, sitting in 15.

KJ sends a message to KB Racing, showing he's got the steam to run 209 also.

Connolly get a bit more breathing room.

Left Lane: Jason Line Runs 12.657/68.23, Now #2; Best prior run: 6.602/209.26, Was #2
Right Lane: Greg Anderson Runs 6.604/208.94, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.598/208.49, Was #1

The teammates once again take a lot of time getting to the prestage. It's a good opportunity for checking and measuring when both lanes are on the same page.

And that's the anticlimax for the session. Line went .980 at sixty foot but things went downhill soon after. Check out the numbers below.

Jason Line's incremental times: 60ft-0.980 sec., 330ft-3.348, 660ft-6.320/074.37mph, 1,000ft-9.516

Greg Anderson's incremental times: 60ft-0.975 sec., 330ft-2.758, 660ft-4.245/165.50mph, 1,000ft-5.525

We just got to see the quickest field in NHRA Pro Stock history and all of you got to ride along with us. Remember, we've still got two more sessions! Don't be surprised if big things happen here at the track which hosted the first 500 inch 200 mph run.

Thanks for joining us and stop back by.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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