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Fri, 27 Apr 2012, 16:42 PM

Pro Stock Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By Larry Sullivan

BAYTOWN, Texas - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Pro Stock at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series, 25th annual O'Reilly NHRA Spring Nationals presented by Super Start Batteries listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, and position in order following run:
Left Lane: Dave Connolly Runs 6.658/210.28, Now #1
Right Lane: Warren Johnson Runs 7.038/207.34, Now #2

3:07 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 83 degrees, relative humidity 60 percent, barometer 29.89 inches, adjusted altitude 2,524 feet, track temperature 114 degrees.

Both cars had trouble getting off the line, Connolly with a lot of tire spin, while WJ shook, then bogged.

Dave Connolly's incremental times: 60ft-1.035 sec., 330ft-2.825, 660ft-4.307/166.58 mph, 1,000ft-5.584.
Warren Johnson's incremental times: 60ft-1.125 sec., 330ft-3.125, 660ft-4.650/163.06 mph, 1,000ft-5.950.

Left Lane: Rickie Jones Runs 6.629/209.56, Now #1
Right Lane: V. Gaines Runs 7.212/207.75, Now #4

Gaines' car launched about the same as Johnson's, the car shaking and bogging. "The Tricky One" made a clean launch and he's #1, for now.

Rickie Jones' incremental times: 60ft-0.997 sec., 330ft-2.784, 660ft-4.270/166.17 mph, 1,000ft-5.551.
V. Gaines' incremental times: 60ft-1.256 sec., 330ft-3.287, 660ft-4.823/162.35 mph, 1,000ft-6.125.

Left Lane: Chris McGaha Runs 6.663/207.82, Now #3
Right Lane: Steve Kent Runs 6.740/203.37, Now #4

McGaha had a clean launch and a nice run. Kent's car made a couple of quick moves on the launch and that cost him some ET.

Chris McGaha's incremental times: 60ft-0.997 sec., 330ft-2.790, 660ft-4.285/165.19 mph, 1,000ft-5.577.
Steve Kent's incremental times: 60ft-1.013 sec., 330ft-2.851, 660ft-4.358/164.41 mph, 1,000ft-5.650.

Left Lane: Kurt Johnson Runs 6.638/209.17, Now #3
Right Lane: Ron Krisher Runs 6.631/209.69, Now #2

Two clean runs, no visible problems.

Kurt Johnson's incremental times: 60ft-1.002 sec., 330ft-2.785, 660ft-4.273/165.88 mph, 1,000ft-5.558.
Ron Krisher's incremental times: 60ft-1.009 sec., 330ft-2.791, 660ft-4.275/166.50 mph, 1,000ft-5.555.

Left Lane: Larry Morgan Runs 6.650/208.88, Now #4
Right Lane: Shane Gray Runs 6.668/207.46, Now #7

Larry Morgan's incremental times: 60ft-1.008 sec., 330ft-2.795, 660ft-4.283/165.70 mph, 1,000ft-5.567.
Shane Gray's incremental times: 60ft-0.994 sec., 330ft-2.790, 660ft-4.286/164.93 mph, 1,000ft-5.580.

Left Lane: Jeg Coughlin Runs 6.634/209.85, Now #3
Right Lane: Ronnie Humphrey Runs 6.693/209.17, Now #9

Jeg made a nice first pass, right down the groove. Humphrey had a good launch, but after that he was chasing Coughlin and losing ground.

Jeg Coughlin's incremental times: 60ft-1.011 sec., 330ft-2.795, 660ft-4.279/166.29 mph, 1,000ft-5.557.
Ronnie Humphrey's incremental times: 60ft-1.002 sec., 330ft-2.810, 660ft-4.319/163.97 mph, 1,000ft-5.612.

Left Lane: Rodger Brogdon Runs 6.616/209.30, Now #1
Right Lane: Greg Stanfield Runs 6.677/206.95, Now #10

Stanfield's car was really off the pace on the top end, his speed down about 4 mph. Brogdon made a very nice run to take over as #1.

Rodger Brogdon's incremental times: 60ft-0.996 sec., 330ft-2.778, 660ft-4.261/166.46 mph, 1,000ft-5.539.
Greg Stanfield's incremental times: 60ft-0.998 sec., 330ft-2.794, 660ft-4.293/164.75 mph, 1,000ft-5.587.

Left Lane: Erica Enders Runs 6.598/210.31, Now #2
Right Lane: Vincent Nobile Runs 6.586/210.34, Now #1

With David Connolly driving this weekend, Richie Stevens is acting as "car boss" for Enders this weekend.

Both cars made nice, straight, smooth runs to take possession of the top two spots.

Erica Enders' incremental times: 60ft-0.991 sec., 330ft-2.769, 660ft-4.250/166.85 mph, 1,000ft-5.525.
Vincent Nobile's incremental times: 60ft-0.992 sec., 330ft-2.763, 660ft-4.241/167.22 mph, 1,000ft-5.515.

Left Lane: Allen Johnson Runs 6.554/211.93, Now #1
Right Lane: Mike Edwards Runs 6.599/210.37, Now #4

Two more strong runs, both in the fifties, but AJ takes over #1 and Edwards slides into the fourth spot.

Left Lane: Jason Line Runs 6.591/210.57, Now #4
Right Lane: Greg Anderson Runs 6.586/210.50, Now #2

The final two cars made nice runs, but Line misses the qualifying bonus points for this round and Anderson settled for second place, more than three hundredths behind first-place qualifier Johnson. In Pro Stock, that's an eternity.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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