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Sat, 1 Sep 2007, 04:50 PM

Pro Modified Qualifying Notes, Session #2
By Dan Bennett

CLERMONT, Ind. - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Pro Modified 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:
Left Lane: Raymond Vettel Runs 16.867/53.47, Now #23; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Shelly Payne Runs 8.445/196.07, Now #20; Best prior run: 9.533/130.29, Was #21

Looking at the fuel sessions that just finished, this has the possibility of being a real ugly Pro Mod session. The track is very tricky right about now, especially with the sun load it's taken today.

Weather conditions: air temperature 82 degrees, relative humidity 37 percent, barometer 29.22 inches, adjusted altitude 2,544 feet, track temperature 119 degrees.

Mike Moran is on the bump spot at 6.533. Both cars turn their rear tires into a crisp as the light turns green.

Left Lane: Scott Ray Runs 6.077/233.60, Now #4; Best prior run: 19.704/47.03, Was #24
Right Lane: Chip King Runs 7.767/123.36, Now #21; Best prior run: 8.946/100.91, Was #21

King was really loose and was all over his lane until he gave up. Ray moved toward the wall but managed to keep the car pointed more or less straight.

Left Lane: John Russo Runs 11.700/92.75, Now #23; Best prior run: 12.092/90.25, Was #23

Russo blows the tires off in the first 50 feet.

Left Lane: Jay Payne Runs 6.062/237.88, Now #3; Best prior run: 7.499/131.00, Was #20
Right Lane: Steve Engel Runs 10.594/112.17, Now #16; Best prior run: 6.429/233.48, Was #15

Payne amazes us all and goes right down the middle.

Engel is loose early.

Left Lane: Tim Tindle Runs 6.220/233.60, Now #11; Best prior run: 6.792/228.73, Was #20
Right Lane: Raymond Commisso Runs 6.243/227.42, Now #12; Best prior run: 6.385/191.73, Was #15

This pair was all about driving skills. Commisso's tires were right on the ragged edge all the way through first and halfway through second gear. At the top of the gear, traction was rapidly going away and the car darted over to the center line. Raymond managed to get across the finish line under power.

Both cars are able to improve their position.

Left Lane: Troy Coughlin Runs 6.928/232.19, Now #20; Best prior run: 6.711/224.51, Was #20
Right Lane: Harold Laird Runs 6.195/230.69, Now #8; Best prior run: 6.340/225.18, Was #16

Laird did a great job and comes up with a ET worth bragging about.

Coughlin had no wheelspeed at all off the line and even that big turbo boost couldn't save the run.

Left Lane: Tommy Gray Runs 6.160/233.44, Now #7; Best prior run: 6.430/227.77, Was #18
Right Lane: Cody Barklage Runs 6.210/230.84, Now #13; Best prior run: 6.277/219.86, Was #16

Both cars are blistering their tires but both drivers manage to keep them more or less in the center of the lane.

Gray jumps up to the top half.

Left Lane: Rick Stivers Runs 11.464/71.83, Now #17; Best prior run: 6.258/232.15, Was #17
Right Lane: Matt Hagan Runs 6.209/231.60, Now #13; Best prior run: 6.247/229.12, Was #16

Stiver's rpms rose as he left the line and kept rising and rising and rising . He lifts and the car settles down.

Hagan has no apparent problems.

Left Lane: Mike Castellana Runs 8.476/114.52, Now #12; Best prior run: 6.205/229.55, Was #12
Right Lane: Mike Stawicki Runs 15.976/53.40, Now #10; Best prior run: 6.196/229.39, Was #10

Raymond Commisso is on the bump spot at 6.243.

Stawicki smokes the tires at the hit, Castellana gets past 330 before he has to lift.

It looks like we have stuff on the track in the right lane and the scrubber rolls.

4:29 p.m.

Left Lane: Mike Knowles Runs 6.186/228.96, Now #9; Best prior run: 6.201/229.43, Was #11
Right Lane: Shannon Jenkins Runs 13.367/81.36, Now #8; Best prior run: 6.170/232.39, Was #8

4:39 p.m. and the clean up is done.

We get to watch blown vs. bottle on this pair.

Jenkins shakes hard and clicks it off. Knowles cards a good number and moves up.

Left Lane: Josh Hernandez Runs 9.386/95.90, Now #2; Best prior run: 6.044/238.81, Was #2
Right Lane: Tony Pontieri Runs 6.064/237.92, Now #4; Best prior run: 6.113/237.84, Was #6

Raymond Commisso is still on the bump spot at 6.243.

Pontieri runs strong and jumps up in the order. Hernandez waits almost two seconds before he leaves but blows off the tires after about 30 feet.

Left Lane: Mike Janis Runs 6.035/241.76, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.020/240.59, Was #1
Right Lane: Scott Cannon Jr Runs 13.826/82.50, Now #5; Best prior run: 6.072/236.26, Was #5

Our last pair brings us the #1 qualifier.

Janis lays down an amazing pass, just like it was springtime here. Cannon doesn't get to the 60 foot clocks before smoke is rolling off his tires.

That's a track record MPH for the Eaton Cobalt.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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