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Sun, 4 Nov 2007, 03:24 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, 43nd annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals:

    1 Jason Line                             10 V. Gaines                    
E1   ****WINNER****  0.049  6.669 208.01                     0.058  6.681 206.70
 Qualified:             #8  6.670 208.49                        #9  6.677 206.67
11:57 a.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 77 degrees, relative humidity 29 percent, barometer 29.02 inches, adjusted altitude 2,435 feet, track temperature 95 degrees.

Line is in his last race as the 2006 POWERade Pro Stock Champion and was the runner up here in 2004 and 2006. He has a 10/3 win/loss advantage over Gains. In his 147th start, V. Gaines has qualified in the #9 spot for the sixteenth time, the most of any position.

Line's car moves a little off the line, but it doesn't cost him much. He gets the advantage off the line and holds it to the finish line.Jason Line's MOV: 0.0216 seconds (approximately 7 feet).

    6 Allen Johnson                         103 Max Naylor                   
E1   ****WINNER****  0.025  6.671 206.92                    -0.009  6.691 205.91
 Qualified:             #7  6.669 206.86                       #10  6.678 206.45
Allen Johnson will finish this year in the #4 spot in the Championship for a career best. He beat Humphreys in the only time they met in eliminations. Humphreys is making his 13th career start in PS.

Naylor goes red by -0.009 and Johnson goes on with a clean and straight pass.

    5 Kurt Johnson                           20 Tom Hammonds                 
E1                   0.036  6.739 206.70     ****WINNER****  0.049  6.693 206.76
 Qualified:             #6  6.667 207.69                       #11  6.679 206.86
Johnson won her in 1997, 2000, and 2002 and has a three to one win advantage over Hammonds. This will be his first pass after a trip into the Kitty Litter in the third round of qualifying yesterday morning. Imagine, coming all the way to California for a nose job! Hammonds is making his 100th start this weekend.

KJ gets the advantage off the line and then spins the tires. Hammonds was right there and thunders on down the track to take the 10 foot win.

    9 Richie Stevens                        351 Ron Krisher                  
E1   ****WINNER****  0.018  6.671 206.80                     0.099  6.844 205.38
 Qualified:             #5  6.665 206.76                       #12  6.679 206.57
Krisher is starting from the 12# spot for the twelfth time and has won over Stevens in the four times that they have met in eliminations. Stevens got his first win here in 1998.

Krisher is late and can't match the Hemi power. Stevens makes a clean pass into round two.

  208 Warren Johnson                          8 Greg Stanfield               
E1                   0.080  6.663 207.85     ****WINNER****  0.015  6.699 206.39
 Qualified:             #3  6.655 208.49                       #14  6.684 207.11
Warren Johnson is making his thirtieth appearance in PS at the World Finals, after his initial 1976 start. Stanfield has a three to two win advantage over WJ.

Stanfield nails the tree and gets the hole shot win over a stronger WJ. Two clean passes. He gives up lane choice in round two to Hammonds by 0.006 seconds.

    3 Dave Connolly                           4 Mike Edwards                 
E1                  -0.013  6.677 206.32     ****WINNER****  0.017  6.703 206.10
 Qualified:             #1  6.648 208.01                       #16  6.687 207.02
Connolly is making his fifth #1 start, the third of the year, and two straight. He is now third in Points for the Championship. Edwards is making his 198th start, won here in 1996, and has a three to two advantage over Connolly.

Connolly puts a nail in his Championship hopes with a -0.013 red light Edwards finishes the run without issues and give the next round lane choice to Line.

    2 Greg Anderson                        1568 Justin Humphreys             
E1                   0.087  6.658 208.42     ****WINNER****  0.034  6.669 207.18
 Qualified:             #2  6.654 208.75                       #15  6.685 207.69
Anderson won here in 2003, 2004, and 2006 and has bested Humphreys in their two prior encounters. He is the current leader in the 2007 Championship points. Humphreys is making his thirteenth PS start.

Another big upset and Anderson is outa here. Humphreys so-so 0.034 light is too much better than Anderson's 0.087 and he gets the hole shot win. He'll get lane choice over Johnson in round two.

   25 Jeg Coughlin                          357 Larry Morgan                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.014  6.650 207.34                     0.020  6.692 206.80
 Qualified:             #4  6.656 207.85                       #13  6.682 206.80
Coughlin is #2 in this year's Championship points coming into today's race. He is making his 200th start and won here in 1999 and 2005. Morgan is making his 302nd professional start and the twenty-fourth at the World Finals.

Coughlin hammers the light and pulls steadily ahead to the finish line to ensure another chance for the Championship.Jeg Coughlin's incremental margins: 60ft(0.013), 330 ft(0.027), 660ft(0.037), 1,000ft(0.043). MOV: 0.0486 seconds (approximately 15 feet).

If he wins next round, he is the Champion. If he loses, Anderson is the Champion.

His best of the round ET will give him lane choice over Stevens in the next round

12:15 p.m.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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