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Sat, 13 Sep 2008, 11:14 AM

Pro Stock Motorcycle Qualifying Notes, Session #3
By Jason Murray

CONCORD, N.C. - Notes from round 3 qualifying in Pro Stock Motorcycle at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, Inaugural NHRA Carolinas Nationals listing lane, rider 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: Valerie Thompson Runs 7.291/178.80, Now #13; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Darin McCurdy No Time, Now #18; No Prior Run

Weather conditions: air temperature 88 degrees, relative humidity 58 percent, barometer 29.39 inches, adjusted altitude 3,500 feet, track temperature 103 degrees.

10:50 a.m. Let us see how the bike riders deal with the heat. Thompson makes it down the track, McCurdy launches and breaks. Thompson will go into the field for now.

Left Lane: Joe DeSantis Runs 7.114/190.19, Now #12; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Shawn Gann Runs 7.197/181.86, Now #14; No Prior Run

DeSantis launches hard and kind of goes sideways, he has to fight the bike all the way down the track, he was really close to the finish-line cones when he crossed the finish-line. Gann makes a very decent run.

Joe DeSantis' incremental times: 60ft-1.129 sec., 330ft-2.993, 660ft-4.566/156.23mph, 1,000ft-5.940
Shawn Gann's incremental times: 60ft-1.100 sec., 330ft-2.971, 660ft-4.564/153.33mph, 1,000ft-5.974

Left Lane: Angelle Sampey Runs 7.826/137.32, Now #16; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Wes Wells Runs 7.072/189.68, Now #10; Best prior run: 7.094/189.34, Was #10

Wells improves from yesterday, that is a shock, considering the conditions. Sampey bike breaks down track, and she will go to the bump, but I will say that she will not be qualified when we end this session.

Wes Wells' incremental times: 60ft-1.100 sec., 330ft-2.944, 660ft-4.512/156.23mph, 1,000ft-5.890

Left Lane: Angie McBride Runs 7.166/183.89, Now #14; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Chip Ellis Runs 7.062/185.89, Now #6; Best prior run: 7.036/191.19, Was #6

McBride rides her bikes into the field for now. She still is fighting to keep the bike straight, but it does seem to be getting better. Ellis makes a very stout run in his attempt

Angie McBride's incremental times: 60ft-1.091 sec., 330ft-2.931, 660ft-4.533/152.09mph, 1,000ft-5.952
Chip Ellis' incremental times: 60ft-1.078 sec., 330ft-2.911, 660ft-4.477/156.17mph, 1,000ft-5.863

Left Lane: Matt Guidera Runs 7.167/183.47, Now #11; Best prior run: 7.102/184.42, Was #11
Right Lane: Craig Treble Runs 7.070/185.89, Now #8; Best prior run: 7.044/191.02, Was #8

Treble makes a very nice run but won't improve, Guidera runs slower than yesterday, we have only seen a couple of riders improve this session so far.

Matt Guidera's incremental times: 60ft-1.092 sec., 330ft-2.959, 660ft-4.549/153.88mph, 1,000ft-5.952
Craig Treble's incremental times: 60ft-1.091 sec., 330ft-2.925, 660ft-4.492/156.03mph, 1,000ft-5.874

Left Lane: Junior Pippin Runs 7.098/184.47, Now #11; Best prior run: 7.114/184.27, Was #13
Right Lane: Chris Rivas Runs 7.048/184.75, Now #2; Best prior run: 6.968/191.19, Was #2

Pippin makes a great run and he moves up in the field, Rivas doesn't improve but still makes a very strong run.

Junior Pippin's incremental times: 60ft-1.083 sec., 330ft-2.919, 660ft-4.497/155.26mph, 1,000ft-5.891
Chris Rivas' incremental times: 60ft-1.072 sec., 330ft-2.897, 660ft-4.462/156.30mph, 1,000ft-5.845

Left Lane: Steve Johnson Runs 7.029/189.07, Now #5; Best prior run: 7.032/192.22, Was #5
Right Lane: Hector Arana Runs 7.119/188.75, Now #9; Best prior run: 7.044/188.89, Was #9

Arana won't improve from yesterday but Johnson will, Johnson makes a very nice run to improve his time, but not position.

Steve Johnson's incremental times: 60ft-1.089 sec., 330ft-2.918, 660ft-4.477/157.23mph, 1,000ft-5.848
Hector Arana's incremental times: 60ft-1.126 sec., 330ft-2.989, 660ft-4.557/156.26mph, 1,000ft-5.934

Left Lane: Karen Stoffer Runs 7.041/190.92, Now #7; Best prior run: 7.037/189.71, Was #7
Right Lane: Eddie Krawiec Runs 6.999/190.24, Now #3; Best prior run: 6.981/192.30, Was #3

Krawiec makes our first 6 second run of the day in Pro Stock Motorcycle. Stoffer is just a tick slower than she was yesterday.

Karen Stoffer's incremental times: 60ft-1.081 sec., 330ft-2.921, 660ft-4.491/156.03mph, 1,000ft-5.867
Eddie Krawiec's incremental times: 60ft-1.084 sec., 330ft-2.909, 660ft-4.463/157.63mph, 1,000ft-5.826

Left Lane: Andrew Hines Runs 7.070/189.58, Now #4; Best prior run: 7.007/191.24, Was #4
Right Lane: Matt Smith Runs 6.981/190.46, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.952/192.08, Was #1

Smith will remain #1 going into the final session. Hines a makes a nice run but slows down a little more than his teammate did in the pair before. Smith is #1 and Valerie Thompson will be #16 going into the final session.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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