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Sun, 15 Oct 2006, 01:03 PM

Pro Stock Round 1 Eliminations
By Dan Bennett

DINWIDDIE, Va. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Pro Stock at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, Inaugural Torco Racing Fuels NHRA Nationals:

    2 Kurt Johnson                            5 Dave Connolly                
E1                   0.032  6.636 209.26     ****WINNER****  0.032  6.622 206.80
 Qualified:             #9  6.613 209.01                        #8  6.612 208.91
This is the session all the gas power fans have been waiting for. Most of the top teams have been saying that they left just a bit on the table on even their best runs. Though the temperature is rising rapidly and the track has seen full sun load since daybreak, we still have what is probably national record conditions.

Jason Line thinks there's a 6.54 or 6.55 if everything goes right, but his boss Greg Anderson just laughed when he was asked if there was a record for the taking.

12:32 p.m.

This is Connolly's 81st start in Pro Stock and the 16th time he's faced Kurt. Kurt is here on race day for the 300th time and is looking to even his record with Connolly, as the record is 8-7 in favor of Dave.

And it's a classic race just like we expected. Kurt had some wiggles through second and third and that's all it took. The cars left exactly together

Dave Connolly's MOV: 0.0141 seconds (approximately 4 feet).

Kurt Johnson's incremental times: 60ft-0.993 sec., 330ft-2.794, 660ft-4.281/165.62mph, 1,000ft-5.559
Dave Connolly's incremental times: 60ft-1.009 sec., 330ft-2.789, 660ft-4.269/166.37mph, 1,000ft-5.543

   93 Allen Johnson                          25 Jeg Coughlin                 
E1                   0.032 12.786  65.99     ****WINNER****  0.039  6.632 208.78
 Qualified:            #10  6.614 207.43                        #7  6.604 208.33
Talk about gunslingers - here's a pair sitting on the line in front of us.

It's great to see Jeg back in competition again. His qualifying effort here gives him 38 straight, which is the third best record among all Pro Stock racers since the class began. Jeg is looking for his 302nd round win here and should have a good chance since he's 11-5 when lining up against Johnson.

And Jeg continues his streak. Remember, he won the last Pro Stock race he competed in.

Allen got into serious shake on the gear changes and couldn't drive through it. He won the starting line battle but it didn't matter by 500 feet.

  186 Tom Martino                           203 Tommy Lee                    
E1   ****WINNER****  0.040  6.614 209.14                     0.125 13.343  63.34
 Qualified:            #11  6.615 208.71                        #6  6.602 208.17
Tom Lee is competing in his 16th race and this is the second time he's qualified in the top half. His starting position is his best ever. Martino has qualified 11th eleven times and beat Lee the only other time they raced.

Lee shakes his brains out and it's all Martino.

   55 V. Gaines                               1 Greg Anderson                
E1                   0.054  6.594 208.49     ****WINNER****  0.035  6.588 208.81
 Qualified:            #13  6.623 207.98                        #4  6.594 208.84
Gaines pulls to the line for his 120th round of competition. This is his ninth time to qualify 13th, and the position was lucky for him at Dallas 2000 when he won the race from that spot. Greg has previously pretty much owned V. enjoying a 13 (there's that number again) to 1 advantage.

Is Greg finally going to get it all together and retake the record?

Amazing. V. Gaines just ran 6.594 and got beat. I think we should take up a collection for him or something.

Another classic race. You should be here.

Greg Anderson's MOV: 0.0253 seconds (approximately 8 feet).

V. Gaines' incremental times: 60ft-0.979 sec., 330ft-2.755, 660ft-4.238/165.94mph, 1,000ft-5.516
Greg Anderson's incremental times: 60ft-0.981 sec., 330ft-2.753, 660ft-4.232/166.35mph, 1,000ft-5.510

  357 Larry Morgan                          107 Kenny Koretsky               
E1   ****WINNER****  0.053  6.629 208.04                     0.049 12.682  68.05
 Qualified:            #14  6.623 207.82                        #3  6.594 208.84
Koretsky still has some time on his engine leasing contract with Morgan so he's still got Hemi payments even though he's now having a great weekend in a Cobalt. This is the 280th start for his pal Morgan, who has qualified in the 14th position 24 times. This is Koretsky's best starting position ever in his six qualifying performances. Though he enjoys a performance advantage over Morgan, Captain Chaos has lost in Round 1 three times.

Morgan rolls in first and waits for Kenny. As soon as Koretsky lights the prestage, Morgan jumps right in and lights the bottom bulbs.

The starting line is pretty much even but it's all over 100 feet into the run as the Cobalt noses over. From here, I couldn't tell what caused it.

   10 Jim Yates                               7 Greg Stanfield               
E1   ****WINNER****  0.055  6.656 207.11                     0.030 13.582  61.41
 Qualified:            #15  6.625 207.02                        #2  6.584 209.17
Stanfield probably does more with less than anyone else in the class, and this is the second time he's qualified second. He's ahead of the game on race day with a 100-94 record. Yates has qualified in the 15th position (wait for it...) 15 times and this is his 306th round. Stanfield holds the advantage, with a 5-2 record when facing Yates.

Everyone's jaw dropped on this one. Stanfield cuts his usual excellent light and then the car goes dead right as it goes into second gear.

  430 Erica Enders                            3 Jason Line                   
E1                   0.035  6.641 208.26     ****WINNER****  0.036  6.558 209.75
 Qualified:            #16  6.630 207.75                        #1  6.571 209.49
Jason Line has qualified in the top spot nine times (five times this year alone) in his brief span of 71 straight races in which he's qualified. Erica is here on Sunday for the 26th time and this is her third time to start in the bottom position.

Can Erica pull the upset? A lot of people think so, and honestly the tree is about her only chance considering the way Line has been running this weekend.

Erica gets the slighest of advantages off the line but Line steams through the quarter on his way to another quickest and fastest pass in 500 inch history.

If you're not here, you're missing history. Once again, GA misses just a tad and Line gets it all. I think this is going to have a big effect on who wins the championship.

Jason Line's incremental times: 60ft-0.974 sec., 330ft-2.741, 660ft-4.215/166.83mph, 1,000ft-5.485

   44 Mike Edwards                            8 Richie Stevens               
E1   ****WINNER****  0.032  6.589 209.36                     0.033  6.600 208.71
 Qualified:            #12  6.615 208.49                        #5  6.601 207.88
Going into competition today, Richie has a 97-105 career round win record.This is the 12th time he's qualified in the fifth position. Mike Edwards holds the advantage between the two, having beat Richie seven times and losing to him five. Edwards has qualified in the 12th position twelve times.

These guys are known as serious racers and they show it by both of them going right into the stage beams without any games or delays.

Man,what a session! The Hemi runs 6.600 and gets beat! Edwards is right there with the big boys and will be back next round.

Line obviously has lane choice over Connolly, Anderson gets to pick over Stevens by .001, Jeg chooses over Yates, and Martino takes his choice over Morgan

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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