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Sat, 1 Sep 2007, 01:48 PM

Pro Stock Qualifying Notes, Session #2
By Dan Bennett

CLERMONT, Ind. - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Pro Stock at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 53rd 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:
Right Lane: Ron Krisher Runs 12.589/67.05, Now #29; Best prior run: 12.797/66.29, Was #30

1:07 p.m. and we're still enjoying great weather and the sunshine. The reported specs are 81 degrees, 44%, and 29.26.

Krisher's got Cagnazzi power and returns to the scene where he got on his lid last year at this race. The car leaves OK, but then at the top of first the rpms go sailing and tire spin ends the run.

Left Lane: Tom Hammonds Runs 15.455/71.48, Now #32; Best prior run: 18.501/65.23, Was #33
Right Lane: Jason Line Runs 6.739/206.76, Now #20; Best prior run: 12.724/99.14, Was #30

Yes, it's different, maybe even completely different: Line is in the second pair and Max Naylor is currently on top.

The track temp is up to a still very manageable 111 degrees.

Hammonds makes another one of those nasty looking lurches off the line where the car starts heading off to the side. Line goes through with no apparent problems. His time is only good for 20th.

Left Lane: Justin Humphreys Runs 13.852/58.25, Now #32; Best prior run: 17.196/47.34, Was #33
Right Lane: Greg Anderson Runs 6.697/207.24, Now #11; Best prior run: 7.809/129.77, Was #28

And, bordering on the twilight zone, we have Greg Anderson in the third pair out. This should be a very good indicator of what the track and weather will allow unless the Summit team has really lost their way.

Anderson doesn't really blast off the line but does manage to make it into the field for now.

Humphrey's GTO torqued over and headed toward the wall.

Left Lane: Matt Hartford Runs 6.764/204.14, Now #23; Best prior run: 12.808/80.85, Was #31
Right Lane: Bob Benza Runs 6.782/205.51, Now #25; Best prior run: 6.794/205.22, Was #26

It's 2007, and in Pro Stock world the teams take as much time to check the wheelie bar height as they do for their burnouts.

Two decent passes pointing to the fact that this might not be the session for Pro Stock cars. The good times ought to happen in the third session this evening.

Left Lane: Bill Windham Runs 6.822/203.98, Now #28; Best prior run: 10.035/91.80, Was #30
Right Lane: Bill Glidden Runs 6.756/204.39, Now #23; Best prior run: 6.790/203.46, Was #27

Both cars do a decent job on the leave as the sixty foot times are now nearing 1 second flat.

Left Lane: Tony Rizzo Runs 6.884/202.06, Now #30; Best prior run: 6.985/199.02, Was #30
Right Lane: Pat Herold Runs 6.796/203.89, Now #27; Best prior run: 6.784/203.49, Was #27

Herold's team looks like they're coming to grips with that rarest of beasts - a brand new Don Ness racecar. The man is master of tweaks so look for this team to continue to improve as they get used to the car.

There's a lot more to a run than the short times, but in today's world a 1.01 sixty foot paired with almost anything is not going to get you qualified.

Left Lane: Jim Cunningham Runs 6.840/200.14, Now #29; Best prior run: 6.828/200.44, Was #29
Right Lane: Kevin Lawrence Runs 6.749/202.30, Now #22; Best prior run: 6.773/203.61, Was #25

Lawrence steps up but not enough to get in.

Left Lane: Dave Northrop Runs 6.720/205.22, Now #15; Best prior run: 6.736/205.01, Was #20
Right Lane: Ben Watson Runs 6.749/203.80, Now #22; Best prior run: 6.751/203.80, Was #23

Northrop breaks the trend and bumps into the show.

Dave Northrop's incremental times: 60ft-1.000 sec., 330ft-2.813, 660ft-4.324/163.24mph, 1,000ft-5.623

Left Lane: Rickie Smith Runs 6.731/204.42, Now #18; Best prior run: 6.734/204.35, Was #19
Right Lane: Steve Schmidt Runs 6.721/205.04, Now #16; Best prior run: 6.736/205.47, Was #20

Schmidt just does get in and Rickie just misses.

Rickie Smith's incremental times: 60ft-0.992 sec., 330ft-2.807, 660ft-4.324/162.65mph, 1,000ft-5.630
Steve Schmidt's incremental times: 60ft-1.009 sec., 330ft-2.814, 660ft-4.322/163.43mph, 1,000ft-5.623

Left Lane: Matt Scranton Runs 6.727/204.98, Now #18; Best prior run: 6.732/205.26, Was #19
Right Lane: Bob Panella Runs 13.338/62.25, Now #20; Best prior run: 6.734/205.51, Was #20

Who woulda thought? At this point in this session, I'd bet that Naylor is safest in the #1 position than Greg Anderson is in 11th.

Panella's car shuts down about when it should have gone into 2nd gear. It was standing up pretty good right then and the nose drop was really apparent.

Left Lane: Richie Stevens Runs 6.710/205.91, Now #14; Best prior run: 6.725/205.69, Was #17
Right Lane: Warren Johnson Runs 13.243/64.27, Now #15; Best prior run: 6.719/206.45, Was #14

WJ is barely in, Richie is barely out.

Warren looks the same in the first 200 feet as Panella did. Stevens has stated he's looking forward to being a spoiler since he can't finish any higher than 9th. He advances his cause by ramming his way into the field.

Left Lane: Dave Connolly Runs 6.662/205.88, Now #3; Best prior run: 6.684/205.66, Was #9
Right Lane: V. Gaines Runs 6.794/204.51, Now #13; Best prior run: 6.708/205.91, Was #13

Dave Northrop is on the bump spot at 6.720.

Connolly confounds everybody. He leaves like a rocket and runs low time of the round so far. That is a serious problem for the guys who already ran and didn't get close to getting that much out of the track.

Dave Connolly's incremental times: 60ft-0.979 sec., 330ft-2.777, 660ft-4.278/164.19mph, 1,000ft-5.571

Left Lane: Greg Stanfield Runs 6.690/206.39, Now #9; Best prior run: 6.684/206.04, Was #9
Right Lane: Mike Edwards Runs 6.753/205.54, Now #12; Best prior run: 6.699/205.19, Was #12

Stanfield leaves hard and runs great - but doesn't improve. Neither does Edwards.

Left Lane: Larry Morgan Runs 6.787/205.35, Now #5; Best prior run: 6.669/206.35, Was #5
Right Lane: Craig Hankinson Runs 6.723/205.69, Now #10; Best prior run: 6.688/206.07, Was #10

Morgan gets the sixty, but doesn't carry it through the front half.

Larry Morgan's incremental times: 60ft-0.987 sec., 330ft-2.866, 660ft-4.389/162.59mph, 1,000ft-5.692

Left Lane: Kurt Johnson Runs 6.690/207.08, Now #4; Best prior run: 6.663/206.76, Was #4
Right Lane: Kenny Koretsky Runs 6.709/206.13, Now #8; Best prior run: 6.678/206.29, Was #8

Though all the runs look good, all the cars are having trouble getting off the line and then building speed by driving hard to half track. Both racers lose about .03 over yesterday.

Left Lane: Allen Johnson Runs 6.665/206.57, Now #2; Best prior run: 6.661/206.57, Was #2
Right Lane: Jim Yates Runs 6.723/206.10, Now #7; Best prior run: 6.677/206.42, Was #7

Though it's a touch slower than his previous pass, AJ runs a huge number for this session.

Left Lane: Max Naylor Runs 6.659/206.20, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.655/206.39, Was #1
Right Lane: Jeg Coughlin Runs 6.772/204.94, Now #6; Best prior run: 6.675/206.01, Was #6

There's only one guy who can keep Naylor from holding on to his #1 spot for another session, and he's lining up in the right lane. The car is capable of it, I think, but I doubt it's going to happen.

Max is for REAL, folks!

Jeggie shakes his brains out and Naylor just drives away.

Max Naylor's incremental times: 60ft-0.979 sec., 330ft-2.772, 660ft-4.272/164.01mph, 1,000ft-5.567
Jeg Coughlin's incremental times: 60ft-1.007 sec., 330ft-2.857, 660ft-4.374/162.74mph, 1,000ft-5.675

Northrop is on the bump.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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