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Sun, 17 Nov 2019, 15:47 PM

Pro Stock Motorcycle Round 1 Eliminations
By David Gerard

POMONA, Calif. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Pro Stock Motorcycle at the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series, 55th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals:

   10 Scotty Pollacheck                    3284 Ryan Oehler                  
E1                   0.054  6.945 194.60     ****WINNER****  0.045  6.932 193.49
 Qualified:             #8  6.873 196.39                        #9  6.879 196.96
12:26 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 85 degrees, relative humidity 19 percent, barometer 28.82 inches, adjusted altitude 3,301 feet, track temperature 103 degrees.

This is Pollacheck's 120th race and he has a 54% win record in round one. Oehler is making his 33rd first round match up. Pollacheck is 2 - 0 against Oehler in prior events.

Close leaves and they run together. Oehler's bike drifts towards the centerline, but he holds on for the close win.

Ryan Oehler's incremental margins: 60ft(0.014), 330 ft(0.023), 660ft(0.024), 1,000ft(0.025). MOV: 0.0221 seconds (approximately 6 feet).

Scotty Pollacheck's incremental times: 60ft-1.076 sec., 330ft-2.901, 660ft-4.439/159.14 mph, 1,000ft-5.791.
Ryan Oehler's incremental times: 60ft-1.071 sec., 330ft-2.887, 660ft-4.424/158.91 mph, 1,000ft-5.775.

    2 Eddie Krawiec                           7 Angelle Sampey               
E1                   0.038  6.893 195.22     ****WINNER****  0.041  6.886 193.65
 Qualified:             #7  6.871 196.27                       #10  6.882 194.02
Angelle Sampey won this race in 2001 & 2004. Eddie Krawiec has 4 wins at this race and has been runner-up in each of the last two years. In 12 starts at this race Eddie has never lost in the first round. Sampey is 7 - 6 against Krawiec in prior events.

Just 0.003 difference in RT's and Sampey is quickly out in front and holds off a charging Krawiec for the super close win.

Krawiec ends the year without a victory.

Angelle Sampey's incremental margins: 60ft(0.029), 330 ft(0.027), 660ft(0.025), 1,000ft(0.015). MOV: 0.0044 seconds (approximately 15 inches).

Eddie Krawiec's incremental times: 60ft-1.083 sec., 330ft-2.880, 660ft-4.410/160.29 mph, 1,000ft-5.746.
Angelle Sampey's incremental times: 60ft-1.051 sec., 330ft-2.850, 660ft-4.382/159.80 mph, 1,000ft-5.728.

    3 Hector Arana Jr                       235 Hector Arana                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.039  6.934 193.82                     0.009  6.974 194.72
 Qualified:             #6  6.867 196.36                       #11  6.913 196.47
This will be a tough round for the Arana Family, with father and son having to race against each other. Hector Sr. already has 488 round of racing behind him with a 46% win record. Hector Jr. is catching him quick, with 336 rounds of racing and a 63% win record. Arana is 13 - 9 against Arana Jr in prior events.

Senior nails the tree with a nine light, but Junior gets back out in front and they stay that way to the finish line.

Hector Arana Jr's incremental margins: 60ft(0.003), 330 ft(0.019), 660ft(0.019), 1,000ft(0.016). MOV: 0.0102 seconds (approximately 3 feet).

Hector Arana Jr's incremental times: 60ft-1.062 sec., 330ft-2.879, 660ft-4.426/158.56 mph, 1,000ft-5.778.
Hector Arana's incremental times: 60ft-1.095 sec., 330ft-2.928, 660ft-4.475/158.46 mph, 1,000ft-5.824.

  777 Karen Stoffer                        1981 Kelly Clontz                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.041  6.888 195.05                    -0.016  7.069 190.67
 Qualified:             #2  6.834 195.00                       #15  7.005 189.92
Stoffer already has make 229 first round races and has a 51% win record. Clontz comes to the line in round one for the 29th time. She has only one prior win. Stoffer is 1 - 0 against Clontz in prior events.

Clontz goes red and gives the easy win to Stoffer. She makes a strong pass, but gives up the lane choice to Sampey next round by 0.002.

Karen Stoffer's incremental times: 60ft-1.066 sec., 330ft-2.862, 660ft-4.398/159.46 mph, 1,000ft-5.739.

    6 Andrew Hines                         7253 Jianna Salinas               
E1                  -0.135  8.712 104.61     ****WINNER****  0.116  6.987 187.29
 Qualified:             #4  6.845 196.22                       #13  6.972 186.74
Andrew Hines has 3 wins at this event. He is 13 -4 in round 1 here. He will be the 2019 PSB Champion if he can win this round. Salinas has now qualified seven times, with two round one wins. Hines is 1 - 0 against Salinas in prior events.

UPSET! Hines goes RED big time and opens up the 2019 Championship.

Salinas makes another strong pass for the easy win.

Jianna Salinas' incremental times: 60ft-1.069 sec., 330ft-2.876, 660ft-4.429/156.57 mph, 1,000ft-5.803.

  751 Steve Johnson                          32 Freddie Camarena             
E1   ****WINNER****  0.030  6.903 190.94                     0.010  7.027 193.57
 Qualified:             #5  6.850 194.86                       #12  6.965 194.24
Johnson has returned to the PSB wars with style. He is making his 410th round one appearance and has a 41% win record. Camarena is making his 55th round one with only six wins, so far. Johnson is 1 - 0 against Camarena in prior events.

Camarena gets away first with a great ten light, but is no match for Johnson's power.

Johnson will have lane choice over Salinas next round.

Steve Johnson's incremental times: 60ft-1.059 sec., 330ft-2.865, 660ft-4.399/159.38 mph, 1,000ft-5.745.
Freddie Camarena's incremental times: 60ft-1.114 sec., 330ft-2.946, 660ft-4.503/157.12 mph, 1,000ft-5.865.

    5 Jerry Savoie                            8 Angie Smith                  
E1   ****WINNER****  0.047  6.912 191.87                     0.003  7.022 189.66
 Qualified:             #3  6.837 193.35                       #14  6.978 194.60
Savoie needs to win the race to have a chance at the Championship. Smith already has 152 round one races to her resume and a 36% win record. Savoie is 9 - 0 against Smith in prior events.

Terrific three light for Smith, but WAR power drives on by for the win. He will have lane choice over Arana Jr. next round.

Jerry Savoie's incremental times: 60ft-1.051 sec., 330ft-2.853, 660ft-4.391/159.42 mph, 1,000ft-5.746.
Angie Smith's incremental times: 60ft-1.087 sec., 330ft-2.942, 660ft-4.489/158.06 mph, 1,000ft-5.849.

    1 Matt Smith                            745 Katie Sullivan               
E1   ****WINNER****  0.091  6.885 196.70                     0.033  7.119 187.44
 Qualified:             #1  6.815 197.33                       #16  7.022 191.13
Matt Smith is the defending event champion and he won here last year after qualifying #1. He is just 9 -6 in round 1 at this race. The top qualifier in PSM is 30 -2 in round 1 at this event. He needs to win the race to have a chance at the Championship. This will be Sullivan's 25th first round appearance and she has a 30% win record. Smith is 2 - 0 against Sullivan in prior events.

Sullivan gets a huge advantage off the line, but Smith powers on by just before the 330 lights to make the quickest pass of the session and take a decisive win. Looked like lot of smoke from the engine in the lights.

He will have lane choice over Oehler.

Matt Smith's incremental margins (negative if behind): 60ft(-0.028), 330 ft(0.009), 660ft(0.064), 1,000ft(0.123). MOV: 0.1769 seconds (approximately 49 feet).

Matt Smith's incremental times: 60ft-1.060 sec., 330ft-2.885, 660ft-4.415/160.50 mph, 1,000ft-5.746.
Katie Sullivan's incremental times: 60ft-1.090 sec., 330ft-2.952, 660ft-4.537/154.17 mph, 1,000ft-5.927.

12:42 p.m.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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