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Sun, 2 May 2010, 02:02 PM

Pro Stock Round 1 Eliminations
By Dan Bennett

MADISON, Ill. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Pro Stock at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, 14th annual AAA Insurance NHRA Midwest Nationals:

   10 Rickie Jones                            9 Johnny Gray                  
E1                  -0.008  6.684 205.76     ****WINNER****  0.048  6.687 205.29
 Qualified:             #8  6.673 206.39                        #9  6.675 206.48
11:55 a.m. It's a great day here on the Mississippi, with a low cloud cover and occasional periods of bright sunshine.

Weather conditions: air temperature 74 degrees, relative humidity 55 percent, barometer 29.22 inches, adjusted altitude 2,440 feet, track temperature 98 degrees.

This one's over at the starting line as Jones throws away a possible win. Neither car showed any sign of problems at all so it looks like the track is prime for Pro Stocks.

    4 Greg Stanfield                        730 Shane Gray                   
E1   ****WINNER****  0.025  6.649 206.76                    -0.013  6.687 206.23
 Qualified:             #7  6.665 206.89                       #10  6.678 206.51
It's another red light.

For Stanfield, it's simply business as usual. He lays down a highly effective run. I'm convinced Greg is going to have a big role in the outcome of this season; why he's being largely ignored by other media types is a mystery to me. This team going to make some big noise before we're done this year.

Greg Stanfield's incremental times: 60ft-0.988 sec., 330ft-2.775, 660ft-4.270/164.21 mph, 1,000ft-5.560.

Shane Gray's incremental times: 60ft-1.003 sec., 330ft-2.798, 660ft-4.300/163.29 mph, 1,000ft-5.595.

    2 Greg Anderson                           8 Kurt Johnson                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.031  6.645 207.85                     0.041  6.656 207.18
 Qualified:             #6  6.660 207.75                       #11  6.681 206.48
These guys were coworkers and pretty much came to age together. Now they're butting heads on the starting line.

Anderson leaves first and then simply outruns his old pal. He's on the top end explaining that he's far from being where he wants to be, but feels the team is making progress.

Greg Anderson's incremental times: 60ft-0.996 sec., 330ft-2.787, 660ft-4.278/164.67 mph, 1,000ft-5.562.

Kurt Johnson's incremental times: 60ft-0.995 sec., 330ft-2.785, 660ft-4.279/164.37 mph, 1,000ft-5.569.

    6 Ron Krisher                           208 Warren Johnson               
E1                   0.114  6.666 206.86     ****WINNER****  0.069  6.685 207.08
 Qualified:             #5  6.659 207.21                       #12  6.684 207.27
Johnson is 15 - 4 against Krisher in prior events.

From the newer generation we take a step back. The combined age on the starting line is 123 years. A whole bunch of people have already written the winningest driver in Pro Stock history as being washed up.

In classic WJ form, maybe just to be contrary, Johnson shows he's still got the stuff as he takes this win on a holeshot.

    1 Mike Edwards                           55 V. Gaines                    
E1   ****WINNER****  0.031  6.628 208.42                     0.035  6.685 206.89
 Qualified:             #1  6.640 207.82                       #16  6.686 207.15
Edwards just keeps turning up the heat. He runs his quickest ET of the weekend. Gaines matched his qualifying effort but that's not enough today.

Mike Edwards' incremental times: 60ft-0.991 sec., 330ft-2.776, 660ft-4.265/165.13 mph, 1,000ft-5.547.
V. Gaines' incremental times: 60ft-1.003 sec., 330ft-2.804, 660ft-4.304/163.79 mph, 1,000ft-5.596.

   41 Rodger Brogdon                         32 Justin Humphreys             
E1                   0.032 No Time           ****WINNER****  0.037  6.679 205.44
 Qualified:             #2  6.644 208.01                       #15  6.685 205.88
Brogdon has been making big noise, and is looking to take a place at the top of the class.

It was a good race until far down the track, when Brogdon's car made a massive move to the center line and then a nasty dart coming back to contact the retaining wall. The car went over on its way to the wall, and the front mounted fuel cell began dumping its contents into a decent sized fire.

Luckily, Humphreys was ahead and Brogdon passed behind him pretty closely.

That was about a scary as I've seen in the aftermath of a PS crash since Brogdon could be seen inside the car hanging from his belts. As always, the Safety Safari was on the scene in seconds and began to keep the fire from spreading and getting into the driver compartment.

They continued to step up the extinguising medium until the fire went out. Brogdon is out, talking, and alert. He's been released by the medical staff and is fine.

Checking the replay, the car started towards the centerline and actually crossed it at about 1000 feet. We're down for a cleanup.

   50 Jeg Coughlin                          430 Erica Enders                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.043  6.669 207.46                     0.016  6.767 186.12
 Qualified:             #3  6.647 207.40                       #14  6.685 206.32
12:36 p.m. and the debris has been removed.

Coughlin is 1 - 0 against Enders in prior events.

Enders welded Jeggie to the tree and led most of the way. It looked like her car nosed over and Coughlin went blazing by.

Jeg Coughlin's incremental times: 60ft-0.996 sec., 330ft-2.795, 660ft-4.296/163.89 mph, 1,000ft-5.584.

Erica Enders' incremental times: 60ft-0.997 sec., 330ft-2.804, 660ft-4.311/162.82 mph, 1,000ft-5.611. 0

    7 Allen Johnson                        2062 Ronnie Humphrey              
E1   ****WINNER****  0.080  6.659 207.82                     0.145  6.711 207.05
 Qualified:             #4  6.653 208.36                       #13  6.685 207.59
Well, that was pretty interesting. We had a mini-burn down as neither driver was in a hurry to stage. After 15 or 20 seconds, Ronnie goes in.

What got wacky is that almost immediately the bulb went red on AJ's side. To me (and to anyone within earshot including Bob Frey) it sure didn't seem to be the full seven seconds.

We just saw a replay and it's definitely way short. We're told there's going to be a re-run.

12:51 p.m.

We've been informed that the problem with the tree was due to human error. We've finished PSM and brought these two back for the re-run.

Johnson wins this one easily and we're finally finished with round 1.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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