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Sat, 14 Oct 2006, 12:37 PM

Pro Stock Qualifying Notes, Session #3
By Dan Bennett

DINWIDDIE, Va. - Notes from round 3 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: Bob Benza Runs 17.447/90.44, Now #30; Best prior run: 22.632/80.09, Was #30

We've got some great conditions,so expect big things.

Greg Anderson told us last night that both his team cars had left a lot on the table during the night session. He said all that was needed was a bit more track temp, and it expected that to happen during this morning's session.

Benza goes nowhere with crazy wheelspeed off the line and coasts down the track.

Left Lane: Steve Schmidt Runs 6.682/206.99, Now #20; Best prior run: 8.667/103.67, Was #28
Right Lane: Barry Grant Runs 7.028/191.10, Now #23; Best prior run: 6.713/206.48, Was #22

Adding to Anderson's comments, he believed a new record was achievable today and was quick to add that there were a number of cars he considered capable.

Neither car looked that comfortable leaving the line and the results show it. That's an all time best speed for Schmidt.

Left Lane: John Mahoney Runs 6.903/199.49, Now #29; Best prior run: 6.883/198.47, Was #28
Right Lane: Mike Edwards Runs 6.622/209.10, Now #8; Best prior run: 13.471/58.41, Was #29

It's pretty amazing that Edwards is not in. Expect that to change in just a minute or so. He's very slow to stage, choosing to barely bump in.

Edwards left a bunch of ET on the starting line while running the second fastest pass in NHRA PS history. That was a monster charge on the top end.

Left Lane: Tommy Brown Runs 12.720/67.27, Now #26; Best prior run: 6.735/205.98, Was #26
Right Lane: Jason Line Runs 6.571/209.49, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.602/209.26, Was #2

Lots of interest in the car in the right lane. How low can he go?

Well, that got answered pretty quickly. Line grabs both ends of the record with his earlier runs backing them up.

Brown makes a vicious move to the centerline and lifts just off the line.

Right Lane: Jerry Haas Runs 6.767/201.97, Now #28; Best prior run: 6.819/201.07, Was #28

Haas takes a lot of time to stage since he's a single.

The pass looked and sounded good, but the big boys are playing hardball this weekend and so far he's not allowed to play.

Left Lane: Tommy Lee Runs 6.602/208.17, Now #3; Best prior run: 6.681/207.15, Was #20
Right Lane: Jim Yates Runs 6.625/207.02, Now #12; Best prior run: 6.658/207.02, Was #17

Both cars have the potential to chase Line off the top spot. How crazy is this race? -- Neither car is currently qualified!

Great leaves for both cars with great short times. Lee steps up to the very highest rankings of 500 inch performance.

Tommy Lee's incremental times: 60ft-0.976 sec., 330ft-2.759, 660ft-4.244/165.48mph, 1,000ft-5.522

Jim Yates' incremental times: 60ft-0.974 sec., 330ft-2.759, 660ft-4.251/164.69mph, 1,000ft-5.537

Yates hits a great pass, but I think it's going to be lost in the furor today.

12:10 p.m.

Left Lane: Ron Krisher Runs 12.837/66.04, Now #20; Best prior run: 6.671/206.29, Was #20
Right Lane: Tony Rizzo Runs 6.700/204.45, Now #23; Best prior run: 6.735/202.97, Was #27

Both cars slow to stage. Rizzo leaves on the light, Krisher waits a bit before dropping the clutch. Krisher blows the tires off, shimmies toward the centerline, and he clicks it off by 330 foot.

Left Lane: Max Naylor Runs 6.637/207.18, Now #14; Best prior run: 6.652/207.18, Was #18
Right Lane: Dave Northrop Runs 6.640/207.37, Now #16; Best prior run: 6.702/206.67, Was #24

Here's two strong races who have sorta gotten lost in the crowd this weekend with all the stunning performances.

Both cars go in, but there's a lot of cars still in the staging lanes. Naylor's car nudges toward the center right off the line like a lot of other have this session.

Left Lane: Warren Johnson Runs 6.671/207.66, Now #16; Best prior run: 6.638/207.27, Was #15
Right Lane: Mark Pawuk Runs 6.633/206.95, Now #14; Best prior run: 6.665/206.54, Was #20

Pawuk is looking to step up and has shown flashes of power. WJ has been so inconsistent it's hard to predict what he's going to do.

Pawuk outruns the Professor and runs a personal best. The bad WJ showed up for this round and he's in shaky position on the bump.

Mark Pawuk's incremental times: 60ft-0.979 sec., 330ft-2.763, 660ft-4.257/164.63mph, 1,000ft-5.546

Warren Johnson's incremental times: 60ft-0.984 sec., 330ft-2.802, 660ft-4.298/164.53mph, 1,000ft-5.586

Left Lane: Larry Morgan Runs 6.631/208.01, Now #12; Best prior run: 6.623/207.82, Was #11
Right Lane: V. Gaines Runs 6.623/207.98, Now #11; Best prior run: 6.652/207.91, Was #20

This pair can run, for sure. They prove the point by bumping WJ out only a few seconds after he made it in.

By the way, if I'm not making comments about the passes, it's because they are all so excellent there's really no flaws to point out.

Left Lane: Jeg Coughlin Runs 6.604/208.33, Now #4; Best prior run: 6.618/208.49, Was #8
Right Lane: Dave Connolly Runs 6.612/208.91, Now #7; Best prior run: 6.643/207.34, Was #20

Did I already say "Welcome back, Jeggie"? Seems like he's never been gone as he goes near the top of all time fastest runs.

Pawuk is now on the bump and this pair will determine whether he stays there.

Left Lane: Allen Johnson Runs 6.628/207.62, Now #10; Best prior run: 6.614/207.43, Was #9
Right Lane: Kenny Koretsky Runs 6.594/208.84, Now #2; Best prior run: 6.641/208.23, Was #20

It takes something faster than a 6.333 to bump into this historic field.


I don't have words to handle what just happened. Captain Chaos runs the second quickest pass in history. Told ya this was going to be more fun than a barrel of monkeys!

Kenny Koretsky's incremental times: 60ft-0.982 sec., 330ft-2.759, 660ft-4.239/165.80mph, 1,000ft-5.516

Allen Johnson's incremental times: 60ft-0.986 sec., 330ft-2.773, 660ft-4.261/165.44mph, 1,000ft-5.544

Left Lane: Kurt Johnson Runs 6.835/189.26, Now #9; Best prior run: 6.613/209.01, Was #9
Right Lane: Erica Enders Runs 6.631/208.20, Now #16; Best prior run: 6.630/207.75, Was #16

Two excellent runs - but they don't matter at a race like this. KJ was all over the track.

Enders is on the bump with her 6.630

Left Lane: Greg Stanfield Runs 6.584/209.17, Now #2; Best prior run: 6.605/208.49, Was #6
Right Lane: Tom Martino Runs 6.615/208.71, Now #11; Best prior run: 6.622/208.17, Was #12

Remember that GA said there were a number of cars ready to run fast? He was right, and these guys are a pair of them.

Stanfield strikes a blow for the little guy, and he takes over Kenny's previous spot as the second fastest racer ever.

Greg Stanfield's incremental times: 60ft-0.974 sec., 330ft-2.750, 660ft-4.231/166.09mph, 1,000ft-5.507

Tom Martino's incremental times: 60ft-0.980 sec., 330ft-2.770, 660ft-4.256/165.62mph, 1,000ft-5.536

Left Lane: Greg Anderson Runs 6.598/208.88, Now #4; Best prior run: 6.598/208.49, Was #4
Right Lane: Richie Stevens Runs 6.601/207.88, Now #5; Best prior run: 6.605/207.75, Was #7

A couple of months ago, it would have been easy to focus on the left lane. Now, it's tough to decide who to watch.

Very slow staging. These guys know what's at stake.

Yawn. Just another .59 and a .60.

I'm glad I was here to witness this and wish all of you could have been.

Enders stays on the bump, and we have an historic list with still one session to go. Can you believe it takes a 6.612 to just be in the top half?

We've still got lots of racing to do. Stop back by for the fun.

12:30 p.m.

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