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Sat, 30 Oct 1999, 03:42 PM

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

Rain Can't Stop WJ

BAYTOWN, Texas - Notes from round 3 qualifying in Pro Stock at the 3rd annual Matco Tools SuperNationals presented by Racing Champions 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: Jeg Coughlin Runs 6.937/199.08, Now #6; Best prior run: 6.921/199.37, Was #6
Right Lane: Mike Thomas Runs 6.925/198.00, Now #8; Best prior run: 6.946/198.17, Was #15

1:15 PM We are racing the weather, some severe stuff about an hour and a half away according to the radar displays at the track. The bump is Darrell Alderman's 6.950. Nice move up the ladder by Thomas, no help for Coughlin.

Left Lane: Jim Yates Runs 6.909/198.76, Now #3; Best prior run: 6.940/197.80, Was #15
Right Lane: Darrell Alderman Runs 6.955/197.91, Now #16; Best prior run: 6.950/197.97, Was #16

Yates gets the car stuck down on a good pass and moves up to the select few at the top part of the order.

Left Lane: Tom Martino Runs 6.899/199.55, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.892/199.88, Was #1

Martino's designated dancing partner was a no-show, so he went on a single run. He posted a 1.015 short time, which is exceptional, on his second eighty and third very consistent pass of the event.

Left Lane: Mark Pawuk Runs 6.927/199.08, Now #2; Best prior run: 6.903/199.79, Was #2
Right Lane: Arturo Delgado Runs 6.987/187.48, Now #25; Best prior run: 6.986/198.17, Was #25

No help for either car here...

Left Lane: Hurley Blakeney Runs 6.987/196.85, Now #26; Best prior run: 7.073/196.87, Was #32
Right Lane: Allen Johnson Runs 6.959/197.91, Now #5; Best prior run: 6.915/198.61, Was #5

And no help here either, Hurley's ET not quick enough for this very quick field.

Left Lane: Mike Trumble Runs 6.953/198.99, Now #17; Best prior run: 6.956/197.83, Was #19
Right Lane: Gary Wiggins Runs 7.768/134.34, Now #23; Best prior run: 6.977/197.16, Was #23

Wiggins' car made a big sashay at half track and he gave it up. Trumble misses the field by 0.003 seconds.

Left Lane: Mike Edwards Runs 6.932/198.55, Now #15; Best prior run: 6.955/198.50, Was #19
Right Lane: Richie Stevens Runs 6.912/198.20, Now #5; Best prior run: 6.930/198.20, Was #13

Edwards bumps his way in, putting Alderman in the trailer and putting Ron Krisher on the bump at 6.940.

Left Lane: Ray Franks Runs 6.953/197.57, Now #19; Best prior run: 6.965/197.83, Was #20
Right Lane: Ron Krisher Runs 6.942/198.17, Now #16; Best prior run: 6.940/198.15, Was #16

Krisher stays on the bubble...

Left Lane: Jerry Eckman Runs 7.048/197.02, Now #21; Best prior run: 6.967/197.77, Was #21
Right Lane: Troy Coughlin Runs 6.920/199.29, Now #8; Best prior run: 6.927/198.90, Was #11

Coughlin moves up, Eckman fires and falls back.

Left Lane: Brad Klein Runs 7.021/196.64, Now #30; Best prior run: 7.078/195.73, Was #33
Right Lane: George Marnell Runs 6.975/198.09, Now #23; Best prior run: 7.148/196.27, Was #34

No joy here either.

Left Lane: Victor De La Garza Runs 13.578/63.20, Now #32; Best prior run: 7.025/195.93, Was #32
Right Lane: Tony Gillig Runs 6.984/197.59, Now #25; Best prior run: 6.979/198.52, Was #25

De La Garza's car made a hard move to the left, toward the wall, on the launch and he shut it down.

Left Lane: Joe Lepone, Jr. No Time, Now #33; Best prior run: 7.027/195.96, Was #33
Right Lane: Warren Johnson No Time, Now #10; Best prior run: 6.922/198.73, Was #10

As these two prepare to stage we hear the radio calls, "Sprinkles on the starting line," "It's raining hard in the staging area." The drivers shut the engines off and the crews push the cars back under the tower.

A couple of minutes later, the rain is gone and the track is dry, so the next pair of cars fires and moves up to stage.

Left Lane: Bruce Allen Runs 6.898/199.08, Now #2; Best prior run: 6.955/199.17, Was #20
Right Lane: Rickie Smith Runs 6.935/198.12, Now #8; Best prior run: 6.918/198.47, Was #7

Last night Smith bumped Allen from the field. Allen gets a straight run in here and jumps way up to the top part of the field, that new R-M power getting to the ground. That bumps Krisher and puts Mike Edwards on the bubble at 6.932.

Left Lane: Steve Schmidt Runs 6.936/198.67, Now #14; Best prior run: 6.929/198.88, Was #14
Right Lane: Don Beverley Runs 6.992/198.12, Now #28; Best prior run: 7.018/196.67, Was #28

No help for this pair...

Left Lane: Kurt Johnson Runs 6.890/200.71, Now #1; Best prior run: 7.023/198.79, Was #31
Right Lane: Jamie Yates Runs 7.034/196.19, Now #34; Best prior run: 7.035/195.56, Was #34

KJ jumps from the outhouse to the penthouse on a straight, strong run. That bumps Edwards and puts Greg Anderson on the bubble at 6.932.

Left Lane: Greg Anderson Runs 6.931/198.70, Now #16; Best prior run: 6.932/198.55, Was #16
Right Lane: Randy Jones Runs 10.228/89.35, Now #30; Best prior run: 7.018/195.03, Was #30

Anderson stays on the bubble, improving by a mere 0.001 seconds. Jones' car goes several different ways on the launch and he abandons the run.

Left Lane: Larry Morgan Runs 7.054/196.39, Now #23; Best prior run: 6.967/194.83, Was #23
Right Lane: V. Gaines Runs 6.906/199.88, Now #5; Best prior run: 6.911/200.05, Was #6

Gaines climbs up a rung with another fine run. Morgan has fallen way off the pace.

Left Lane: Joe Lepone, Jr. Runs 7.074/195.17, Now #33; Best prior run: 7.027/195.96, Was #33
Right Lane: John Nobile Runs 6.920/199.05, Now #11; Best prior run: 6.927/198.73, Was #14

Nobile moves up several rungs, Lepone comes up way short.

Right Lane: Warren Johnson Runs 6.886/200.95, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.922/198.73, Was #13

The final car, WJ was lucky the rain came because he had a dry sump oil leak that was repaired while he cooled the car down. He resets the event speed and ET records on this pass, taking over the top spot on the ladder. Once again it's Johnson and Johnson at the top of the ladder.

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