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Sun, 2 Sep 2007, 02:36 PM

Pro Modified Qualifying Notes, Final Session
By Dan Bennett

CLERMONT, Ind. - Notes from final, round 3 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: Shelly Payne Runs 6.076/237.42, Now #6; Best prior run: 8.445/196.07, Was #22
Right Lane: Raymond Vettel No Time, Now #24; Best prior run: 16.867/53.47, Was #24

Weather conditions: air temperature 87 degrees, relative humidity 31 percent, barometer 29.27 inches, adjusted altitude 2,798 feet, track temperature 117 degrees.

Vettel bangs a blower on the burnout. That's his last chance to get in so he's going home.

Shelly needs a 6.242 to get in, and she has no problems doing that on a straight, clean, pretty run.

Tim Tindle is now on the bump spot at 6.220.

Left Lane: Chip King Runs 15.541/66.77, Now #23; Best prior run: 7.767/123.36, Was #22
Right Lane: John Russo Runs 6.085/238.76, Now #8; Best prior run: 11.700/92.75, Was #23

Russo gets a nice one off in the heat and goes to #8.

King shakes so hard his passenger door comes open.

Left Lane: Mike Moran Runs 7.741/201.76, Now #21; Best prior run: 6.533/218.51, Was #21
Right Lane: Troy Coughlin Runs 19.976/59.75, Now #22; Best prior run: 6.711/224.51, Was #22

Turbo vs Turbo. Very cool.

Troy destroys his tires when he leaves, looking just like a second burnout. Moran starts going down the track at least, but the bad news is that those spinning slicks won't keep the car straight. The Monte Carlo darts first toward the wall, then the center line, and Mike makes everybody happy by stepping off the throttle.

Left Lane: Steve Engel Runs 6.062/241.41, Now #3; Best prior run: 6.429/233.48, Was #20
Right Lane: Rick Stivers Runs 6.975/151.73, Now #20; Best prior run: 6.258/232.15, Was #19

Engel gets deep into the field with some big speed.

Stivers slows at half track and will be loading up.

Left Lane: Raymond Commisso Runs 9.208/106.34, Now #19; Best prior run: 6.243/227.42, Was #19
Right Lane: Tim Tindle Runs 6.805/229.04, Now #18; Best prior run: 6.220/233.60, Was #18

Amazing. These are two of the most feared cars in competition and they're not in the show.

I'm not sure if you can really be all that conservative with a Pro Mod, but that's what is going to have to happen.

Well, that was like synchronized swimming but it was synchronized pedalling. Both drivers hit the tires hard, let off the throttle, and tried to get back after it to get a qualifying ET.

It was sort of fun to watch but pointless since neither was able to get a quick enough time.

Left Lane: Cody Barklage Runs 6.208/230.84, Now #16; Best prior run: 6.210/230.84, Was #17
Right Lane: Mike Castellana Runs 6.580/220.84, Now #15; Best prior run: 6.205/229.55, Was #15

Remember that conservative run I was talking about? Barklage just pulled it off and managed to bump into the 16th position. Castellana stays put in 15th.

Left Lane: Matt Hagan Runs 6.210/231.52, Now #17; Best prior run: 6.209/231.60, Was #17
Right Lane: Mike Knowles Runs 8.514/111.78, Now #12; Best prior run: 6.186/228.96, Was #12

Hagan is so close but will be the first alternate.

Left Lane: Mike Stawicki No Time, Now #14; Best prior run: 6.196/229.39, Was #14
Right Lane: Tommy Gray Runs 19.401/39.77, Now #10; Best prior run: 6.160/233.44, Was #10

Stawicki breaks and is pushed away.

Gray rolls the beams and then the slicks let go anyway.

Left Lane: Harold Laird Runs 11.197/83.60, Now #13; Best prior run: 6.195/230.69, Was #13

Laird gets a single but does another burnout when the light turns green. After trying to pedal it a couple of times, he coasts down the track.

Cody Barklage is still on the bump spot and those not in are shooting for 6.207.

Left Lane: Shannon Jenkins Runs 6.164/233.92, Now #11; Best prior run: 6.170/232.39, Was #11
Right Lane: Jay Payne Runs 12.043/87.80, Now #4; Best prior run: 6.062/237.88, Was #4

Payne blows the tires off, but Jenkins is able to put his nitrous car through with a very good pass for the conditions, and in relation to the rest of the cars.

Left Lane: Scott Cannon Jr Runs 6.083/236.09, Now #6; Best prior run: 6.072/236.26, Was #6
Right Lane: Josh Hernandez Runs 6.055/240.00, Now #2; Best prior run: 6.044/238.81, Was #2

Finally, a pair makes it look easy. The cars leave together and go right down the track.

Left Lane: Tony Pontieri Runs 6.094/237.92, Now #5; Best prior run: 6.064/237.92, Was #5
Right Lane: Mike Janis Runs 6.073/240.55, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.020/240.59, Was #1

Another good pair. These guys are ready for race day.

Qualifying is over with Janis on top, and Barklage in 16th.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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