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Sun, 3 Sep 2000, 08:58 PM

INDY - Pro Stock Qualifying Notes, Final Session
By Larry Sullivan

CLERMONT, Ind. - Notes from final, round 5 qualifying in Pro Stock at the 46th annual U.S. Nationals 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: Mark Pawuk Runs 7.001/196.07, Now #4; Best prior run: 6.986/195.96, Was #4
Right Lane: Mike Thomas Runs 7.070/193.93, Now #27; Best prior run: 7.100/194.58, Was #31

7:11 PM This could prove interesting. The sun is low in the sky, behind clouds, and the air is cooling. We could see wholesale changes. Then again, we could see a session like the final truck session, the only changes at the bottom of the field.

Left Lane: Bob Benza Runs 7.124/193.60, Now #29; Best prior run: 7.082/194.24, Was #29
Right Lane: Tom Hammonds Runs 7.051/194.77, Now #21; Best prior run: 7.062/194.55, Was #23

The mark these drivers are shooting at is V. Gaines' 7.033.

Left Lane: Rickie Smith Runs 7.011/195.39, Now #10; Best prior run: 7.010/195.79, Was #10
Right Lane: Scott Geoffrion Runs 7.055/194.46, Now #23; Best prior run: 7.066/194.80, Was #26

Smith comes within 0.001 seconds of repeating his best ET, while Geoffrion comes up short of the field.

Left Lane: Tom Martino Runs 7.010/195.85, Now #10; Best prior run: 7.024/195.90, Was #15
Right Lane: Bill Shorts Runs 10.870/120.55, Now #37; Best prior run: 8.414/158.22, Was #37

Martino moves up the ladder with a nice pass in the favored left lane. Shorts launches, has traction problems, and shuts it off.

Left Lane: V. Gaines Runs 7.054/194.55, Now #16; Best prior run: 7.033/194.86, Was #16
Right Lane: Don Beverley Runs 7.141/193.38, Now #32; Best prior run: 7.101/193.74, Was #32

Gaines' car was fishtailing slightly for the first part of the run.

Left Lane: Jim Yates Runs 7.020/195.65, Now #15; Best prior run: 7.063/195.28, Was #25
Right Lane: Robert Patrick Runs 7.065/194.32, Now #26; Best prior run: 7.063/194.21, Was #26

Yates finds the combination and bumps Gaines. Now the bump is Jeg Coughlin's 7.020, with a slower speed than Yates.

Left Lane: Kenny Koretsky Runs 7.034/194.35, Now #18; Best prior run: 7.097/193.96, Was #31
Right Lane: Roger Jenkins Runs 7.090/194.02, Now #20; Best prior run: 7.037/194.72, Was #19

Left Lane: Danny Coffman Runs 7.905/127.44, Now #26; Best prior run: 7.060/195.17, Was #26
Right Lane: Terry Smith Runs 7.135/192.25, Now #33; Best prior run: 7.117/192.93, Was #33

Coffman slowed on the top end, couldn't see why from here (it's getting dark out there).

Left Lane: Joel Bayless Runs 7.183/192.36, Now #35; Best prior run: 7.252/191.05, Was #35
Right Lane: Ed Heck Runs 7.161/193.74, Now #34; Best prior run: 7.125/193.49, Was #34

Left Lane: Gary Wiggins Runs 7.255/190.06, Now #36; Best prior run: 7.270/189.31, Was #36
Right Lane: Terry Adams Runs 7.044/194.88, Now #22; Best prior run: 7.049/194.83, Was #22

Left Lane: Ray Franks Runs 7.057/193.99, Now #24; Best prior run: 7.053/194.77, Was #24
Right Lane: Warren Johnson Runs 6.986/197.13, Now #4; Best prior run: 6.992/197.57, Was #5

Yes, it is possible to run in the sixes this evening - especially if you are Warren Johnson.

Left Lane: Hurley Blakeney Runs 7.079/194.41, Now #29; Best prior run: 7.077/194.18, Was #29
Right Lane: Jeg Coughlin Runs 8.075/129.83, Now #16; Best prior run: 7.020/195.59, Was #16

Jeg stays on the bubble...

Left Lane: Larry Morgan Runs 7.092/193.99, Now #31; Best prior run: 7.096/194.97, Was #31
Right Lane: George Marnell Runs 7.041/194.44, Now #13; Best prior run: 7.015/195.25, Was #13

Left Lane: Kurt Johnson Runs 7.000/197.57, Now #3; Best prior run: 6.986/197.39, Was #3
Right Lane: John Nobile Runs 7.061/195.34, Now #19; Best prior run: 7.036/195.28, Was #19

Left Lane: Tony Gillig Runs 7.046/194.21, Now #21; Best prior run: 7.038/194.94, Was #21
Right Lane: Mark Osborne Runs 7.050/195.59, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.976/196.39, Was #1

Nope. Gillig had a 1.03 60-foot time, but once again his top half just isn't strong enough.

Left Lane: Darrell Alderman Runs 7.008/195.22, Now #9; Best prior run: 7.008/195.73, Was #9
Right Lane: Ron Krisher Runs 7.037/195.51, Now #2; Best prior run: 6.982/196.76, Was #2

Left Lane: Richie Stevens Runs 6.998/195.34, Now #7; Best prior run: 6.999/195.19, Was #7
Right Lane: Allen Johnson Runs 7.033/193.82, Now #8; Best prior run: 7.003/194.72, Was #8

"The KId" improves by a whole thousandth of a second.

Left Lane: Jamie Yates No Time, Now #0; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Troy Coughlin No Time, Now #6; Best prior run: 6.996/196.64, Was #6

Left Lane: Brad Jeter No Time, Now #14; Best prior run: 7.020/196.27, Was #14
Right Lane: Troy Coughlin Runs 7.023/195.22, Now #6; Best prior run: 6.996/196.64, Was #6

Jeter broke at the end of the burnout and had to be pushed back behind the wall before Coughlin could run.

Right Lane: Bruce Allen Runs 7.069/193.57, Now #12; Best prior run: 7.013/195.48, Was #12

Final car, so Jeg is safe.

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