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Sun, 11 Feb 2007, 06:28 PM

Pro Stock Round 1 Eliminations
By David Gerard

POMONA, Calif. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Pro Stock at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 47th annual CARQUEST Auto Parts Winternationals:

    4 Mike Edwards                          186 Tom Martino                  
E1   ****WINNER****  0.014  6.700 205.63                     0.023  6.713 206.48
 Qualified:             #8  6.667 207.75                        #9  6.669 207.91
1:54 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 66 degrees, relative humidity 48 percent, barometer 29.03 inches, adjusted altitude 1,738 feet, track temperature 76 degrees. The sun is hiding behind heavy cloud cover now.

Edwards was runner up here to Anderson in 2006 and is three and three against Martino.

Martino has ninety-eight round wins, so far. Nine at the Winternationals.

Two great leaves and a great side by side pass. Lots of moving around for both cars, but Edwards stays in front for the win. Mike Edwards' MOV: 0.0226 seconds (approximately 7 feet). [Rick Stewart calls a brief delay for a few sprinkles]

  107 Kenny Koretsky                         41 Roger Brogdon                
E1                  -0.011  6.716 205.94     ****WINNER****  0.026  7.353 141.74
 Qualified:             #5  6.659 207.82                       #12  6.672 197.13
Note: First Stanfield and Kurt Johnson and then, after a 20 plus minute delay, Coughlin and Yates did their burn outs, when the call came from the top end that there are sprinkles on the track. In both cases, after a brief discussion, the teams pulled their cars off to the side and will run later, at the end of the round.

2:56 p.m. .and we are finally back to eliminations. Koretsky ran both Top Fuel and Pro Stock here in 1990, but was unable to qualify. Brogdon will be the forty-third driver that Kaptain Khaos has met in eliminations.

After a successful Competition Eliminator career, Brogdon is making his first Pro Stock start. BTW: Bill Jenkins is the only driver to do that so far.

Koretsky goes red and Brogdon almost gave away his first Pro Stock win, as he gets very close to the center line and has to lift.

    1 Jason Line                            208 Warren Johnson               
E1   ****WINNER****  0.059  6.763 206.89                     0.135  6.715 206.35
 Qualified:             #3  6.641 208.46                       #14  6.676 207.56
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This will be the twenty-eighth Winternationals appearance for Johnson with only two round one loses. This is only the second time that he has qualified in the bottom half of the field.

Jason Line is 4/4 against WJ and has qualified seventy-four times in a row.

WJ is waaay late off the line and gives it away to Line. Jason Line's incremental margins: 60ft(0.072), 330 ft(0.027), 660ft(0.023), 1,000ft(0.025). MOV: 0.0282 seconds (approximately 9 feet).

    3 Dave Connolly                         103 Max Naylor                   
E1   ****WINNER****  0.033  6.678 206.32                     0.046  6.702 205.91
 Qualified:             #4  6.656 207.94                       #13  6.675 207.37
Connolly was the winner here in 2005 and has a 122/66 career win record.

This will be Naylor's eighth time to qualify in Pro Stock.

Connolly looks like a sprint car in the burnout! Connolly gets the advantage off the line and just drives away for the strong win.

    2 Greg Anderson                           9 Richie Stevens               
E1   ****WINNER****  0.012  6.641 207.98                     0.065  6.725 205.60
 Qualified:             #1  6.634 209.04                       #16  6.683 206.83
This is the fifty-second time that Anderson has qualified in the #1 spot. He is on his was to a third sweep of low ET, best MPH, and event winner [2004 and 2006]. He has a 10/2 win advantage over Stephens.

Richie Stephens is making his one hundredth-thirteenth start, four times from the #16 spot.

Anderson just buries Stevens with RT, ET, and MPH. He ensures lane choice over Edwards in round two.

    6 Allen Johnson                          10 V. Gaines                    
E1                   0.013 18.835  45.63     ****WINNER****  0.022  6.726 206.67
 Qualified:             #2  6.640 207.85                       #15  6.677 207.34
AJ was the runner up here in 2003. Gaines has a 5/4 win advantage over Johnson and is making his one hundred and twenty-second start. Nine times from the #15 position.

Both cars shake hard and Johnson breaks to give Gaines the easy win.

    5 Kurt Johnson                            8 Greg Stanfield               
E1                   0.020  6.702 206.89     ****WINNER****  0.022  6.698 206.01
 Qualified:             #7  6.666 207.82                       #10  6.669 207.75
Stanfield has a careen 100/97 win/loss record and was runner up here in Pro Stock Truck twice in 2000 and 2001. Kurt Johnson has a 6/1 win advantage over him so far.

Almost dead even start off the line and Stanfield just noses ahead to take the close win.Greg Stanfield's incremental margins: 60ft(0.011), 330 ft(0.016), 660ft(0.014), 1,000ft(0.008). MOV: 0.0025 seconds (approximately 9 inches).

   25 Jeg Coughlin                            7 Jim Yates                    
E1   ****WINNER****  0.038  6.668 207.27                     0.019  6.708 206.10
 Qualified:             #6  6.661 207.98                       #11  6.671 207.43
Jeggy was the winner here in 1999 and 2000. He has a 23/9 win advantage over Yates.

Yates has three hundred and ninety seven round wins and beat Coughlin in the final round here in 1998

Coughlin runs second quick for the round and he needed it to get around Yates strong RT.

3:09 p.m. Coughlin will have lane choice over Line and Stanfield will get it against Gaines in round two.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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