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Fri, 12 Sep 2003, 10:15 PM

Pro Stock Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By Larry Sullivan

MOHNTON, Pa. - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Pro Stock at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 19th annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, and position in order following run:
Left Lane: Jim Cunningham Runs 7.214/191.57, Now #1
Right Lane: Bill Shorts Runs 7.295/171.62, Now #2

9:29 PM Current weather conditions: 63 degrees, 72 percent relative humidity, the barometer 30.19 inches

1.07 and 1.04 60-foot times won't cut the mustard these days.

Left Lane: Steve Johns Runs 7.238/150.82, Now #3
Right Lane: David Strouse Jr. Runs 6.912/198.70, Now #1

Johns' car got out of the groove and started fishtailing at half track and he wisely lifted. Clean pass by Strouse, but he was well behind Johns until he lifted.

Left Lane: Kenny Koretsky Runs 7.425/144.61, Now #6
Right Lane: Tom Martino Runs 6.845/200.86, Now #1

Martino had a super-quick 0.999 60-foot time, Koretsky a 1.018 and a very nice run, our first over 200 mph. Koretsky was slightly slower to half track, then lifted.

Left Lane: Steve Schmidt Runs 7.064/185.23, Now #4
Right Lane: Ben Watson Runs 6.842/200.77, Now #1

Two very quick launches, 0.994 60-foot time for Watson, 0.992 for Schmidt. Schmidt got out of the groove and fell back before half track, Watson made a clean run.

Left Lane: George Marnell Runs 8.316/118.12, Now #9
Right Lane: Dave Connolly Runs 11.895/73.44, Now #10

Both had the front wheels up and the rear tires shaking, Connolly lifting first.

Left Lane: Barry Grant Runs 15.840/52.35, Now #12
Right Lane: Gene Wilson Runs 6.822/202.42, Now #1

Grant is driving a new Jerry Haas Cavalier...both cars were quick off the line, Wilson a 0.998 60-foot time and Grant a 0.993. Grant's car spun the tires and he lifted almost immediately. Wilson made a good run all the way through.

Left Lane: Mark Whisnant Runs 8.984/100.73, Now #12
Right Lane: V. Gaines Runs 6.894/201.10, Now #4

Whisnant's car got out of shape and he made a brave effort to rein it in, then gave it up as a lost cause. Gaines made a good pass. Both started with 1.01 60-foot times, rather sedate this evening.

Left Lane: Larry Morgan Runs 6.807/202.82, Now #1
Right Lane: Troy Coughlin Runs 8.930/104.91, Now #13

Morgan had a 1.000 60-foot time, Coughlin a 1.026. Troy lost a lot of ground early in the run and clicked it off by half track. There was a lot of smoke from Morgan's car when he shut it down and the Safety Safari is taking a close look at the left lane. There's oil in the first 100 feet and past the finish line.

Left Lane: Mark Pawuk Runs 8.917/98.64, Now #14
Right Lane: Taylor Lastor Runs 6.839/202.45, Now #3

1.003 short time for Pawuk, 1.010 for Lastor. They were dead-even at 330 feet, then Pawuk slowed while Lastor ran it all the way through with a 202 mph speed.

Left Lane: Darrell Alderman Runs 6.813/202.00, Now #2
Right Lane: Greg Stanfield Runs 6.861/201.43, Now #7

Two good runs by a pair of Dodges, right down the two grooves.

Left Lane: Bruce Allen Runs 7.699/147.36, Now #16
Right Lane: Jim Yates Runs 6.839/201.55, Now #5

0.995 60-foot time for Allen and 1.005 by Yates. Allen slowed before half track after leading to the 330-foot marker. Yates made a full, clean run.

Left Lane: Scott Geoffrion Runs 6.848/202.00, Now #9
Right Lane: Mike Edwards Runs 6.803/201.91, Now #1

0.994 short time for Edwards, 1.012 for Geoffrion. Good runs, a pair, Edwards quickest to half track and the finish line of the round so far.

Left Lane: Allen Johnson Runs 6.814/202.18, Now #5
Right Lane: Ron Krisher Runs 6.802/203.06, Now #1

0.993 short time for AJ, 1.002 for Krisher. Krisher was 4.373 seconds to half track, right in there with several drivers, but he outran them all on the top half of the run with top speed of the session.

Left Lane: Warren Johnson Runs 6.888/199.91, Now #14
Right Lane: Jeg Coughlin Runs 6.760/203.03, Now #1

Jeg had a 0.991 60-foot time, WJ a 1.011. Jeg was quickest to half track at 4.341 and quickest over the top half too.

Left Lane: Kurt Johnson Runs 8.861/107.26, Now #25
Right Lane: Greg Anderson Runs 6.781/203.65, Now #2

KJ had a 0.998 60-foot time, Anderson 1.003. Kurt was losing ground slowly until his car started heading for the centerline and he lifted. To everyone's surprise, Anderson failed to take the #1 spot, but it was a good run nonetheless.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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