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Sat, 6 Oct 2001, 05:49 PM

READING - Pro Stock Qualifying Notes, Session #3
By Larry Sullivan

MOHNTON, Pa. - Notes from round 3 qualifying in Pro Stock at the 17th annual Pep Boys NHRA Nationals presented by Greased Lightning 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: Larry Morgan Runs 6.884/200.23, Now #16; Best prior run: 6.898/200.71, Was #18
Right Lane: Kenny Koretsky Runs 6.937/199.37, Now #21; Best prior run: 6.915/198.17, Was #21

12:52 PM It's 58 degrees, 67 percent humidity, and you can pretty well throw out the previous qualifying results. The motorcycles stepped up about tenth of a second from yesterday, so this could be a record-breaking round of qualifying.

Morgan posts a 1.01 60-foot time and gets in - barely. Koretsky's car shook and got out of the groove.

Left Lane: Jim Cunningham Runs 7.314/185.72, Now #30; Best prior run: 7.333/189.58, Was #30
Right Lane: Larry Nance Runs 7.288/157.12, Now #24; Best prior run: 6.935/198.00, Was #24

Lots of shake between these two, both cars skating around on the launch.

Left Lane: Kenny Delco Runs 7.025/195.76, Now #29; Best prior run: 7.039/196.39, Was #29
Right Lane: Roger Jenkins Runs 6.875/201.55, Now #15; Best prior run: 6.965/198.52, Was #28

Jenkins bumps Morgan with a big speed on a career-best run, his first-ever 200 mph speed.

Left Lane: Rickie Smith Runs 6.860/200.59, Now #8; Best prior run: 6.916/200.02, Was #23
Right Lane: Allen Johnson Runs 6.904/201.46, Now #21; Best prior run: 6.955/199.35, Was #28

Both posted 1.01 60-foot times, but Johnson's elapsed time fell short of the very quick bump time.

"Tricky Ricky" picks up a bunch and gets in easily. Now the bump is Jenkins' 6.875.

Left Lane: Mike Thomas Runs 6.874/198.99, Now #16; Best prior run: 6.924/199.58, Was #25
Right Lane: John Nobile Runs 7.042/201.85, Now #24; Best prior run: 6.913/200.05, Was #23

Thomas replaces Jenkins on the bubble. Nobile runs a career-best speed, but rolled the beams and killed his ET.

Left Lane: Bob Benza Runs 6.868/200.32, Now #15; Best prior run: 6.954/197.88, Was #28
Right Lane: Mark Pawuk Runs 6.861/200.77, Now #10; Best prior run: 6.877/199.26, Was #18

Career-best marks for Benza, bumping Thomas, and an improved run for Pawuk, bumping Mike Edwards. Now it's V. Gaines on the bump at 6.871.

Left Lane: Jeg Coughlin Runs 6.874/200.00, Now #11; Best prior run: 6.863/200.26, Was #11
Right Lane: George Marnell Runs 6.823/202.06, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.849/200.59, Was #4

Easily a career-best run for Marnell and temporary possession of the #1 spot.

Left Lane: Robert Patrick Runs 6.851/199.64, Now #6; Best prior run: 6.944/198.12, Was #28
Right Lane: Bruce Allen Runs 6.814/201.58, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.866/199.79, Was #14

Allen takes the top spot away from Marnell and Patrick bumps Gaines. Now the bump is Benza's 6.868 - the bottom seven cars in the field all at 6.86.

Left Lane: Tom Martino Runs 6.814/201.67, Now #2; Best prior run: 6.888/200.89, Was #22
Right Lane: Tom Hammonds Runs 6.814/201.73, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.853/200.92, Was #7

martino started the round on the bubble and dropped all the way to 22nd before this run. Identical ETs, Hammonds getting the #1 spot by virtue of speed. That bumps Benza, putting Brad Jeter on the bump at 6.866.

Left Lane: Darrell Alderman Runs 6.788/202.39, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.912/198.93, Was #25
Right Lane: Bo Nickens Runs 6.968/194.02, Now #24; Best prior run: 6.889/200.65, Was #23

Alderman blew through the eighties and ran the first-ever seventy, a career-best ET, of course. he needs a 6.855 to back it up as a national record. Alderman had a 0.995 60-foot time, 2.827 at 330 feet, 4.361 and 160.61 mph at half track, and 5.677 at 1,000 feet. Awesome!!

Left Lane: Hurley Blakeney Runs 8.702/103.55, Now #13; Best prior run: 6.861/201.25, Was #13
Right Lane: Troy Coughlin Runs 6.831/202.58, Now #6; Best prior run: 6.853/200.59, Was #10

Troy runs a career-best speed for top speed of the meet so far. Blakeney's Mustang got loose at 600 feet.

Left Lane: Ron Krisher Runs 6.857/201.13, Now #12; Best prior run: 6.866/201.91, Was #16
Right Lane: V. Gaines Runs 6.830/201.76, Now #6; Best prior run: 6.871/200.68, Was #19

Career-best numbers for Gaines, not for Krisher, on two clean runs.

Left Lane: Mark Osborne Runs 6.771/202.70, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.842/202.21, Was #10
Right Lane: Brad Jeter Runs 6.802/202.55, Now #3; Best prior run: 6.866/200.08, Was #18

Osborne runs the quickest elapsed time ever and runs top speed to boot, both numbers career-bests. But he needs a 6.838 as a backup.

Left Lane: Mike Edwards Runs 6.807/201.46, Now #5; Best prior run: 6.872/201.43, Was #20
Right Lane: Jim Yates Runs 6.794/202.79, Now #3; Best prior run: 6.832/201.07, Was #10

Yates sets the ET record because he has a backup with his 6.832.

Left Lane: Warren Johnson Runs 6.801/202.21, Now #5; Best prior run: 6.858/201.82, Was #15
Right Lane: Kurt Johnson Runs 6.779/203.74, Now #2; Best prior run: 6.838/201.01, Was #12

And KJ resets both ends of the national record, his prior 6.838 ET in the second round and 201.76 in the first round within one percent.

Thus endeth a heckuva round of qualifying, but Rickie Smith's 6.860 bump time is just short of the 6.844 bump last weekend in Chicago and Osborne's pending 6,771can still be backed up before the weekend is over.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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