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Sun, 01 Sep 2013, 14:27 PM

Pro Modified Qualifying Notes, Final Session
By Larry Sullivan

BROWNSBURG, Ind. - Notes from final, round 3 qualifying in Pro Modified at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 59th annual Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals listing lane, driver 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: Craig Cawte Runs 6.127/232.75, Now #11; Best prior run: 6.337/228.31, Was #23
Right Lane: Von Smith Runs 6.104/233.88, Now #2; Best prior run: 6.061/236.75, Was #2

1:49 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 84 degrees, relative humidity 64 percent, barometer 28.88 inches, adjusted altitude 3,804 feet, track temperature 108 degrees.

Jason Hamstra is on the bump spot at 6.196.

This will make the feature video reels...Cawte got to half track and the right-side door came off the car, shredding into several pieces so violently that it it looked like something had exploded. He continued with the run and jumped right into the field. By the way, the car is the Camaro Jay Payne briefly campaigned in Pro Modified.

Meanwhile, Smith made a clean run, but failed to improve.

Now Kevin Rivenbark is on the bump spot at 6.184.

Left Lane: Mike Knowles Runs 6.037/240.17, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.093/240.72, Was #7
Right Lane: Steve Matusek Runs 6.208/242.67, Now #19; Best prior run: 6.315/225.56, Was #22

Matusek did his best to tame a wayward car, using a lot of the lane, but he came up short. Meanwhile, Knowles nailed it and took the top spot away from Rickie Smith by five thousandths of a second.

Left Lane: Tim Tindle Runs 6.006/242.71, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.093/203.83, Was #8
Right Lane: Todd Tutterow Runs 6.190/240.81, Now #17; Best prior run: 6.931/159.66, Was #24

Great run by Tindle to take the #1 spot away from Knowles before Knowles finished his top-end interview. Tutterow gave it a game try, but missed the field by six thousandths.

Tim Tindle's incremental times: 60ft-0.997 sec., 330ft-2.663, 660ft-3.971/190.08 mph, 1,000ft-5.078.

Left Lane: Kevin Rivenbark Runs 6.064/235.89, Now #5; Best prior run: 6.184/230.84, Was #16
Right Lane: Chip King Runs 6.361/240.12, Now #19; Best prior run: 6.206/241.71, Was #19

King's car was very sluggish at the start and he won't be in the field this afternoon. Rivenbark stepped way up, improving by more than a tenth of a second to get of the bump spot.

Now Bill Lutz is on the bump spot at 6.172.

Left Lane: Clint Satterfield Runs 6.924/224.70, Now #23; Best prior run: 6.272/236.42, Was #23
Right Lane: Doug Winters Runs 6.415/179.47, Now #24; Best prior run: 6.325/222.66, Was #24

Satterfield had problems on the starting line, flirted with the wall and may have lifted. Winters had a better start, but slowed on the top end.

Left Lane: Bill Lutz Runs 6.157/241.32, Now #14; Best prior run: 6.172/243.19, Was #16
Right Lane: Chris Juliano Runs 6.176/225.11, Now #17; Best prior run: 6.261/222.99, Was #22

Lutz waited for Juliano to clear the finish line before he launched. Juliano missed the field and Lutz moved up a couple spots.

Now Mike Castellana is on the bump spot at 6.165. Don't get to say that very often!

Left Lane: Mike Castellana Runs 6.057/237.50, Now #5; Best prior run: 6.165/237.25, Was #16
Right Lane: Kenny Lang Runs 6.039/240.17, Now #3; Best prior run: 6.225/236.17, Was #22

Castellana took care of that "bump spot problem" with ease and Lang took care of that "not qualified problem" right alongside Castellana. Really nice runs in both lanes.

That bumped Jimmy Widener and put Bill Lutz back on the bump spot at 6.157. Mike Castellana's incremental times: 60ft-1.006 sec., 330ft-2.684, 660ft-3.998/189.02 mph, 1,000ft-5.113.
Kenny Lang's incremental times: 60ft-1.003 sec., 330ft-2.666, 660ft-3.982/188.57 mph, 1,000ft-5.100.

Left Lane: Jimmy Widener Runs 6.104/231.95, Now #13; Best prior run: 6.162/229.74, Was #17
Right Lane: Jason Hamstra Runs 6.123/232.79, Now #15; Best prior run: 6.196/230.25, Was #20

"The hits just keep on coming." Both drivers stepped up and got back into the field, bumping Lutz and Pete Farber.

Now a doorless Craig Cawte is on the bump spot at 6.127.

Left Lane: Pete Farber Runs 6.064/240.47, Now #7; Best prior run: 6.152/239.74, Was #17
Right Lane: Eric Latino Runs 6.070/240.72, Now #9; Best prior run: 6.086/240.08, Was #11

Cawte won't have to worry about finding a door for eliminations because Farber bumped Cawte from the field with a great run - and Hamstra also moved up a couple spots.

Now Jason Hamstra is back on the bump spot at 6.123 - but the remaining cars are already in the field.

Left Lane: Troy Coughlin Runs 6.069/233.44, Now #9; Best prior run: 6.118/238.55, Was #15
Right Lane: Rickie Smith Runs 5.963/240.68, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.042/240.51, Was #4

This is a great qualifying session! Two more great runs! Smith gives us the first "five" of the event to retake the #1 spot and Coughlin got the yellow turbo car cranked up as well.

Troy Coughlin's incremental times: 60ft-1.040 sec., 330ft-2.767, 660ft-4.043/194.02 mph, 1,000ft-5.134.
Rickie Smith's incremental times: 60ft-0.993 sec., 330ft-2.634, 660ft-3.927/191.81 mph, 1,000ft-5.029.

Left Lane: Harold Martin Runs 6.074/234.00, Now #12; Best prior run: 6.081/234.41, Was #13
Right Lane: Kevin Fiscus Runs 6.004/243.15, Now #2; Best prior run: 6.102/240.85, Was #14

Two more personal "best of the event" runs, Fiscus going all the way up to the second spot and Martin moving around two drivers to end up 12th.

Kevin Fiscus' incremental times: 60ft-1.045 sec., 330ft-2.721, 660ft-3.998/194.86 mph, 1,000ft-5.082.

Left Lane: Mike Janis Runs 5.986/241.76, Now #2; Best prior run: 6.080/238.76, Was #14
Right Lane: Danny Rowe Runs 5.990/242.89, Now #3; Best prior run: 6.080/240.51, Was #13

Last pair. What can they do to top what we've already seen in this session? How about side-by-side "fives." They slid right in behind Smith on the qualifying list to bring qualifying to a close.

Mike Janis' incremental times: 60ft-1.011 sec., 330ft-2.653, 660ft-3.950/190.62 mph, 1,000ft-5.056.
Danny Rowe's incremental times: 60ft-0.996 sec., 330ft-2.650, 660ft-3.958/190.83 mph, 1,000ft-5.062.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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