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Sat, 6 Oct 2001, 08:43 PM

READING - Pro Stock Bike Qualifying Notes, Final Session
By Jim Samuel

MOHNTON, Pa. - Notes from final, round 4 qualifying in Pro Stock Bike at the 17th annual Pep Boys NHRA Nationals presented by Greased Lightning 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: Don DeTurck Runs 12.849/60.00, Now #26; Best prior run: 7.807/169.55, Was #26
Right Lane: Bruce Dickson Runs 7.782/172.39, Now #25; Best prior run: 7.794/163.04, Was #25

After three rounds of qualifying, ten bikes are sitting outside the field. The bump time to get into the field at the start of round four was 7.369 seconds. At the start of the fourth and final round of qualifying, the temperature is 61 degrees, the humidity is 52 percent and the barometric pressure is 29.87 inches. Dickson and Deturk cam into this round in 25th and 26th place. DeTurk almost crossed the center line and had to back off to stay in his lane. Dickson's time was nowhere near good enough to make the field so he got an early trip home.

Left Lane: Neil Jacobs Runs 7.547/176.56, Now #21; Best prior run: 7.447/184.55, Was #21
Right Lane: Dennis Mirante Runs 7.485/184.19, Now #23; Best prior run: 7.617/176.97, Was #24

Jacobs and Mirante came into this round outside of the field. They didn't change anything with this run so they earned early trips home.

Left Lane: Reggie Cole No Time, Now #21; Best prior run: 7.416/184.60, Was #20
Right Lane: Connie Cohen Runs 7.340/186.23, Now #15; Best prior run: 7.523/172.52, Was #24

Cole broke at the line. Cohen had a good run and made it into the field for now by bumping Underdahl.

Left Lane: Chris Reuter Runs 7.265/181.57, Now #10; Best prior run: 7.394/188.89, Was #20
Right Lane: Brian DeLong Runs 7.366/183.29, Now #17; Best prior run: 7.452/181.79, Was #23

Reuter saved his best qualifying run for last and moved into the 10th qualifying position. DeLong moved up from 23rd to 17th, but he'll still be going home.

Left Lane: Greg Underdahl Runs 7.331/177.67, Now #15; Best prior run: 7.369/181.45, Was #19
Right Lane: Sam Hurwitz Runs 7.297/187.89, Now #11; Best prior run: 7.391/186.30, Was #21

Cohen bumped Underdahl out of the field earlier in this round. He returned the favor by running well enough for the 15th place and bumping Cohen.

Left Lane: Rob Short Runs 7.392/177.67, Now #18; Best prior run: 7.338/189.26, Was #17
Right Lane: Paul Gast Runs 7.257/188.31, Now #9; Best prior run: 7.387/181.35, Was #21

Gast entered this round in 17th spot and moved into 9th with this run.

Left Lane: Ron Ayers Runs 7.320/182.01, Now #16; Best prior run: 7.332/182.65, Was #17
Right Lane: Bill Vose Runs 7.225/183.47, Now #8; Best prior run: 7.366/176.40, Was #21

With this run, both Ayers and Vose worked their way into the field.

Left Lane: Joe DeSantis Runs 9.779/90.47, Now #16; Best prior run: 7.310/181.06, Was #15
Right Lane: Mike Berry Runs 7.191/191.21, Now #5; Best prior run: 7.321/182.38, Was #17

DeSantis went hard to the left and fought hard to stay off the wall. Berry ran career best ET and top speed on this run.

Left Lane: Shawn Gann Runs 7.225/184.85, Now #9; Best prior run: 7.260/184.35, Was #12
Right Lane: Steve Johnson Runs 7.294/188.52, Now #14; Best prior run: 7.301/182.45, Was #15

Gann and Johnson both made solid runs to improve their qualifying positions.

Left Lane: Thomas Miceli Runs 7.361/181.15, Now #11; Best prior run: 7.248/183.22, Was #11
Right Lane: Angelle Savoie Runs 7.371/190.59, Now #8; Best prior run: 7 .208/181.76, Was #8

Miceli smoked a bit as he entered the traps. Savoie ran her best qualifying time in round two with an ET then of 7.208 seconds. Savoie will start eliminations in th eighth place, the worst start of her career.

Left Lane: Craig Treble Runs 7.195/186.12, Now #6; Best prior run: 7.201/189.34, Was #7
Right Lane: Reggie Showers Runs 7.212/190.22, Now #7; Best prior run: 7.199/182.03, Was #6

Before they ran, Showers and Treble were sixth and seventh in the qualifying order. After they ran, they switched places.

Left Lane: Antron Brown Runs 7.208/181.96, Now #4; Best prior run: 7.178/188.99, Was #4
Right Lane: Matt Hines Runs 7.127/188.73, Now #1; Best prior run: 7.152/186.59, Was #2

Hines entered this round in second place. This run put him in number one with GT Tonglet still left to qualify.

Left Lane: Geno Scali Runs 7.219/183.82, Now #3; Best prior run: 7.174/191.27, Was #3
Right Lane: GT Tonglet Runs 7.164/190.97, Now #2; Best prior run: 7.143/184.40, Was #2

Tonglet tried to reclaim the number one spot from Hines but was not successful.

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