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Sun, 2 Sep 2007, 03:52 PM

Pro Stock Qualifying Notes, Final Session
By Dan Bennett

CLERMONT, Ind. - Notes from final, round 5 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:
Left Lane: Pat Herold Runs 6.788/203.52, Now #30; Best prior run: 6.779/202.97, Was #30

Until the last few pairs of Pro Stock Motorcycles, I would have bet big money that none of the normally aspirated vehicles would be able to make a move. I still don't think it's going to happen, I'm just a touch less convinced.

Weather conditions: air temperature 90 degrees, relative humidity 28 percent, barometer 29.20 inches, adjusted altitude 3,062 feet, track temperature 119 degrees.

Herold gets a single on his last chance. Steve Schmidt is on the bump spot at 6.705.

That's how tough this class is. Herold's run sounded very sweet, with the engine accelerating quickly and cleanly; good gear changes; and steady accelleration. It might have sounded good, but it wasn't enough.

Left Lane: Bill Glidden Runs 6.977/170.56, Now #28; Best prior run: 6.756/204.39, Was #28
Right Lane: Tom Hammonds Runs 14.407/71.83, Now #33; Best prior run: 13.702/58.01, Was #33

Hammonds makes it 5 for 5 as the car once again makes a nasty move off the line.

Glidden makes a clean, uneventful pass but isn't close. I'm not sure of why the MPH is down, I didn't see anything out of the ordinary.

Left Lane: Ben Watson Runs 6.745/204.08, Now #27; Best prior run: 6.741/203.92, Was #27
Right Lane: Jim Cunningham Runs 6.910/199.97, Now #32; Best prior run: 6.828/200.44, Was #32

Left Lane: Bob Panella Runs 7.216/153.28, Now #26; Best prior run: 6.734/205.51, Was #26
Right Lane: Tony Rizzo Runs 6.939/197.28, Now #31; Best prior run: 6.798/202.39, Was #31

Panella's car may be the best-looking on the property. The vintage Sox & Martin scheme is truly a classic.

Panella sees he's not going anywhere and clicks it off at high gear. Rizzo spins hard off the line.

Left Lane: Kevin Lawrence Runs 6.762/203.80, Now #25; Best prior run: 6.728/204.14, Was #25
Right Lane: Matt Hartford Runs 13.531/63.57, Now #29; Best prior run: 6.764/204.14, Was #29

The right lane seems to be giving the crew chiefs a lot of trouble as Hartford gets loose.

Left Lane: Ron Krisher Runs 6.721/204.73, Now #23; Best prior run: 6.718/205.88, Was #23
Right Lane: Rickie Smith Runs 6.758/204.94, Now #24; Best prior run: 6.722/204.91, Was #24

Krisher was right about doing better in the left lane as he hits a great .988 sixty with a 2.805 330. But even the strong Cagnazzi engine is gasping for air at the other end and a very good pass for the conditions won't get him in.

Left Lane: Bob Benza Runs 6.856/204.20, Now #19; Best prior run: 6.707/205.32, Was #19
Right Lane: Dave Northrop Runs 6.775/204.82, Now #22; Best prior run: 6.715/205.57, Was #22

Again, those not in are shooting for the 6.705 bump. The really fast guys are shooting for Max Naylor. Both cars have way too much wheelspeed and way too little movement forward.

Left Lane: V. Gaines Runs 6.709/205.69, Now #18; Best prior run: 6.707/205.63, Was #18
Right Lane: Bill Windham Runs 6.852/203.46, Now #21; Best prior run: 6.709/205.44, Was #21

Gaines is one of the teams that I personally feel has a chance to get in. What he runs here is going to tell a lot about the rest of the cars' hopes.

He gets really, really close but V will not race at Indy.

Left Lane: Warren Johnson Runs 6.752/205.10, Now #17; Best prior run: 6.706/205.98, Was #17
Right Lane: Matt Scranton Runs 6.764/204.51, Now #20; Best prior run: 6.709/205.63, Was #20

Since his first time here in 1972, Warren has always qualified each time he raced here. I like tradition, but I really think a string is going to be broken.

Warren blows the tires off in at least the first two gears and the streak is over. He will not be racing on Labor Day, and like him or hate him that's pretty sad.

These two cars were the last that were not in the field so Steve Schmidt will be racing here in his hometown.

Left Lane: Steve Schmidt Runs 6.786/203.95, Now #16; Best prior run: 6.705/205.19, Was #16
Right Lane: Greg Stanfield Runs 15.138/55.35, Now #12; Best prior run: 6.684/206.04, Was #12

Stanfield may have been testing for race day, or the problem may have returned. His slicks go nuts at the hit and he's out of the throttle as quick as he could lift his foot.

Schmidt gets more data for tomorrow.

Left Lane: Mike Edwards Runs 6.739/204.76, Now #15; Best prior run: 6.699/205.19, Was #15
Right Lane: Richie Stevens Runs 6.755/205.72, Now #11; Best prior run: 6.680/205.79, Was #11

I may be the laughingstock of the internet, but I'm ready to predict that Max Naylor will hold on to the top spot. Both these cars looked decent on the leave but neither had short times that would produce anywhere near what would be needed for the #1 time.

Left Lane: Jason Line No Time, Now #14; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Larry Morgan Runs 13.358/58.73, Now #7; No Prior Run

Line won't be the one to take over the top. His car breaks on the burnout and he's pushed over against the wall so Morgan can make his pass. That's a pretty stunning development.

Morgan barbecues the slicks right at the hit. He does a good job keeping the Stratus from getting bent.

Left Lane: Craig Hankinson Runs 6.710/205.57, Now #13; Best prior run: 6.688/206.07, Was #13
Right Lane: Justin Humphreys Runs 14.469/55.37, Now #6; Best prior run: 6.669/206.67, Was #6

Humpreys shuts off at 100'.

Hankinson goes right through.

Left Lane: Kenny Koretsky Runs 6.749/204.85, Now #10; Best prior run: 6.678/206.29, Was #10
Right Lane: Kurt Johnson Runs 15.294/54.45, Now #5; Best prior run: 6.662/207.30, Was #5

Look at the description for the last pair. It's the same as this one.

Left Lane: Greg Anderson Runs 6.686/206.76, Now #9; Best prior run: 6.677/206.67, Was #9
Right Lane: Allen Johnson Runs 6.727/206.04, Now #4; Best prior run: 6.661/206.57, Was #4

AJ does the impossible and puts up a good ET in the lane others couldn't manage.

Greg lays down one of the better hits of the session and will start tomorrow from the 9th position.

Left Lane: Jeg Coughlin Runs 6.729/205.54, Now #8; Best prior run: 6.675/206.01, Was #8
Right Lane: Dave Connolly Runs 6.716/206.29, Now #3; Best prior run: 6.659/206.32, Was #3

The Yellow Terror guys show up and line up against each other. Dave has had the better car but Jeg is in the better lane.

Left Lane: Jim Yates Runs 6.715/206.23, Now #2; Best prior run: 6.658/206.29, Was #2
Right Lane: Max Naylor Runs 13.307/64.75, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.655/206.39, Was #1

OK, here were go. Only Jim Yates can destroy Max Naylor's storybook weekend. Max has been number one since the first session and I am betting he will keep that honor after this pass. By the way, I have to give big congrats to Bill Jenkins for making enough power to put Yates in the second position.

Naylor has the same problem as the other cars who couldn't manage the lane.

He said Friday night that he was going to frame the qualifying sheet that showed him #1 since that was something that couldn't be taken away. As it turned out, there wasn't a Pro Stock team in existence that COULD take the top spot from him - at least not this weekend.

I guess he'll have five of those to frame now.

Sincere congratulations to Max and the entire Jagermeister team.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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