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Sat, 30 Oct 1999, 02:31 PM

HOUSTON - Pro Stock Bike Qualifying Notes, Session #3
By Bob Orme

Weather makes it a long round.

BAYTOWN, Texas - Notes from round 3 qualifying in Pro Stock Bike at the 3rd annual Matco Tools SuperNationals presented by Racing Champions 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: Fred Camarena Runs 7.459/182.38, Now #17; Best prior run: 7.486/177.42, Was #17
Right Lane: Ron Ayers Runs 7.448/179.37, Now #12; Best prior run: 7.421/183.94, Was #12

11:02 AM and the bikes pull up to the line under threatening skies. ...and it happens, they pull them back as a light rain begins to fall on the track. 11:16 AM, and we're going to try again. The bump spot is 7.451, .018 seconds short of being the quickest field ever.

Left Lane: Reggie Showers Runs 7.443/178.35, Now #15; Best prior run: 7.451/177.44, Was #16
Right Lane: Joe DeSantis Runs 7.489/179.66, Now #11; Best prior run: 7.419/183.44, Was #11

Showers moves up a little, maybe just enough to stay in.

Left Lane: Greg Underdahl Runs 7.404/184.72, Now #11; Best prior run: 7.432/182.16, Was #14
Right Lane: Bruce Dickson Runs 8.911/144.89, Now #24; Best prior run: 9.723/105.73, Was #24

Dickson never did get up to full power.

Left Lane: Blaine Hale Runs 7.495/178.45, Now #19; Best prior run: 7.555/179.37, Was #20
Right Lane: Craig Treble Runs 7.369/181.59, Now #6; Best prior run: 7.318/186.48, Was #6

Hale improves, but not enough to get the Kawasaki into the field yet.

Left Lane: Tony Mullen Runs 7.273/186.25, Now #5; Best prior run: 7.365/180.50, Was #9
Right Lane: Gary Tonglet Runs 7.405/178.95, Now #12; Best prior run: 7.556/174.50, Was #21

Both riders help themselves a bunch here.

Left Lane: Fred Collis Runs 7.327/188.25, Now #4; Best prior run: 7.247/189.52, Was #4
Right Lane: Chris Reuter Runs 7.385/180.52, Now #11; Best prior run: 7.421/178.99, Was #15

Reuter moves up a couple notches, but Collis, the 1999 Pro Star Pro Stock champion doesn't improve. 11:25 AM, and they push the remaining bikes back under the tower. The rain has returned, this time heavier than before.

The rain fell hard for about 15 minutes, then moved out of the area. The track drying process took a little more than an hour.

Left Lane: Antron Brown Runs 7.242/185.13, Now #3; Best prior run: 7.234/184.85, Was #3
Right Lane: Angelle Seeling Runs 7.243/184.35, Now #2; Best prior run: 7.215/183.99, Was #2

12:58 PM and we're ready to resume Pro Stock Motorcycle round 3 qualifying.

Left Lane: David Schultz Runs 7.254/185.28, Now #5; Best prior run: 7.273/185.20, Was #6
Right Lane: David Feazell Runs 7.823/168.49, Now #22; Best prior run: 7.696/169.04, Was #22

Schultz moves up a position, no help for Feazell.

Left Lane: Lori Francis Runs 7.789/166.44, Now #23; Best prior run: 7.807/159.17, Was #23
Right Lane: Jorge Mendoza Runs 9.162/158.22, Now #25; No Prior Run

Mendoza bogged on the launch, then he had a hard time keeping it of the centerline. That was Lroi's best ever run.

Left Lane: Hector Arana Runs 7.504/184.14, Now #19; Best prior run: 7.494/179.76, Was #19
Right Lane: John Smith Runs 7.331/188.17, Now #8; Best prior run: 7.356/180.00, Was #9

Left Lane: Matt Hines Runs 7.204/183.37, Now #1; Best prior run: 7.179/186.10, Was #1
Right Lane: Steve Johnson Runs 7.427/181.01, Now #10; Best prior run: 7.384/188.62, Was #10

Hines is looking to back up the quickest run in history, and he does it.

Right Lane: Brian DeLong Runs 7.486/178.64, Now #19; Best prior run: 7.513/180.50, Was #21

DeLong improves, but not enough to make the show.

Left Lane: Brian Ayers Runs 7.435/180.02, Now #16; Best prior run: 7.446/181.18, Was #17
Right Lane: Larry Cook Runs 7.309/183.47, Now #7; Best prior run: 7.341/181.45, Was #9

The last pair down the track for this session, and Ayers knocks Showers off of the bump. After three rounds of qualifying, Matt Hines is on the pole with a National Record setting ET of 7.179 and Brian Ayers rounds out the top sixteen with 7.435 ET, .002 seconds short of tying the record for the quickest field ever.

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