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Sat, 09 Nov 2013, 15:09 PM

Pro Stock Motorcycle Qualifying Notes, Session #3
By Larry Sullivan

POMONA, Calif. - Notes from round 3 qualifying in Pro Stock Motorcycle at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 49th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals 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: LE Tonglet Runs 6.929/192.28, Now #4; Best prior run: 6.980/191.19, Was #11
Right Lane: Matt Smith Runs 6.948/192.22, Now #8; No Prior Run

11:45 a.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 77 degrees, relative humidity 25 percent, barometer 28.94 inches, adjusted altitude 2,729 feet, track temperature 102 degrees.

Conditions are better today than they were yesterday. Once we get times for 16 motorcycles, the bumping will start.

Smith swapped motorcycles with Scotty Pollacheck for this event, trying to get a better baseline on Pollacheck's bike. So far, the swap has worked to Pollacheck's benefit, Smith in the sevens on both his prior runs this weekend while Pollacheck came into today in second place on the ladder.

Both riders in the first pair stepped way up today, Smith getting well into the field.

LE Tonglet's incremental times: 60ft-1.070 sec., 330ft-2.880, 660ft-4.417/158.93 mph, 1,000ft-5.766.
Matt Smith's incremental times: 60ft-1.058 sec., 330ft-2.871, 660ft-4.421/157.17 mph, 1,000ft-5.781.

Left Lane: Rhett Lougheed Runs 7.084/189.63, Now #14; No Prior Run
Right Lane: James Surber Runs 7.250/184.40, Now #15; No Prior Run

These two got in, but those times won't keep them in the top sixteen.

Left Lane: Freddie Camarena Runs 7.020/193.21, Now #14; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Redell Harris Runs 7.488/177.93, Now #17; No Prior Run

Since Tonglet was already in the field, we'll need one more pair to set a bump spot.

Harris was off the pace almost from the start. Clean run by Camarena, we'll have to wait to see if that time will stick.

Left Lane: Chaz Kennedy Runs 20.477/33.77, Now #19; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Michael Phillips Runs 7.068/189.58, Now #15; No Prior Run

This pair will set the bump time for the rest of the "not yet in the field" racers.

Kennedy broke on the launch and limped through. Phillips made a clean pass and Rhett Lougheed is now on the bump spot at 7.084.

Left Lane: Jerry Savoie Runs 6.995/191.08, Now #14; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Angie Smith Runs 6.908/195.22, Now #4; Best prior run: 6.977/192.63, Was #12

Savoie bumped into the field and Smith stepped way up, with a career-best speed, going to the top half for now.

Now Michael Phillips is on the bump spot at 7.068.

Left Lane: Shawn Gann Runs 6.967/192.28, Now #13; Best prior run: 6.961/191.95, Was #12
Right Lane: Andrew Hines Runs 6.940/191.67, Now #9; No Prior Run

Hines missed the cut yesterday, so he joins those starting fresh today.

Gann failed to improve, but Hines improved a bunch over yesterday's run and is solidly in the field.

Left Lane: Steve Johnson Runs 6.992/191.65, Now #12; Best prior run: 6.952/192.36, Was #12
Right Lane: Jim Underdahl Runs 6.974/194.38, Now #14; No Prior Run

Freddie Camarena was on the bump spot at 7.020. Underdahl beat that time, putting Jerry Savoie back on the bump spot at 6.995.

Left Lane: Michael Ray Runs 6.905/193.24, Now #5; Best prior run: 6.949/189.58, Was #11
Right Lane: John Hall Runs 6.857/193.71, Now #2; Best prior run: 6.987/190.06, Was #15

Wow! Both stepped way up, Hall all the way to the second spot.

Michael Ray's incremental times: 60ft-1.061 sec., 330ft-2.865, 660ft-4.402/159.17 mph, 1,000ft-5.748.
John Hall's incremental times: 60ft-1.040 sec., 330ft-2.836, 660ft-4.364/159.87 mph, 1,000ft-5.702.

Left Lane: Katie Sullivan Runs 6.921/195.22, Now #8; Best prior run: 6.935/192.99, Was #9
Right Lane: Hector Arana Runs 6.889/195.82, Now #5; Best prior run: 6.937/193.90, Was #10

Both moved into the top half here.

Katie Sullivan's incremental times: 60ft-1.094 sec., 330ft-2.907, 660ft-4.437/160.00 mph, 1,000ft-5.774.
Hector Arana's incremental times: 60ft-1.079 sec., 330ft-2.889, 660ft-4.412/160.63 mph, 1,000ft-5.744.

Left Lane: Scotty Pollacheck Runs 7.011/193.90, Now #3; Best prior run: 6.874/194.18, Was #3
Right Lane: Eddie Krawiec Runs 6.893/192.60, Now #6; Best prior run: 6.932/191.32, Was #10

Pollacheck's bike stumbled on the launch. He gathered it up quickly, but that cost him a tenth or two. Krawiec made a nice run to move into the top half of the field.

Scotty Pollacheck's incremental times: 60ft-1.168 sec., 330ft-2.982, 660ft-4.513/159.64 mph, 1,000ft-5.856.
Eddie Krawiec's incremental times: 60ft-1.049 sec., 330ft-2.840, 660ft-4.378/158.54 mph, 1,000ft-5.729.

Left Lane: Hector Arana Jr Runs 6.818/195.31, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.837/195.51, Was #1
Right Lane: Adam Arana Runs 6.852/196.36, Now #2; Best prior run: 6.888/195.28, Was #4

The Arana brothers went right to the head of the class, Jr. with low ET of the meet and Adam with a career-best speed to set top speed of the meet.

Hector Arana Jr's incremental times: 60ft-1.053 sec., 330ft-2.832, 660ft-4.345/161.59 mph, 1,000ft-5.673.
Adam Arana's incremental times: 60ft-1.063 sec., 330ft-2.860, 660ft-4.379/160.75 mph, 1,000ft-5.711.

With one session left, Hector Arana Jr. heads the field at 6.837 and Jerry Savoie is on the bump spot at 6.995.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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