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Fri, 26 Oct 2001, 10:04 PM

LAS VEGAS 2 - Pro Stock Bike Qualifying Notes, Session #2
By Darryl Jackman

LAS VEGAS - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Pro Stock Bike at the Inaugural AC Delco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals 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: Chris Reuter No Time, Now #25; No Prior Run

6:20 PM The bikes are back for the make or break session. The sun has set and the temperatures are falling. Reuter has problems on his single as the fire goes out and it won't refire. The first session on Saturday is scheduled for 11:00 AM and it's supposed to be warm tomorrow.

Left Lane: Joe DeSantis Runs 7.475/177.42, Now #11; Best prior run: 28.000/0.00, Was #24
Right Lane: Dennis Mirante Runs 8.265/166.27, Now #23; Best prior run: 7.675/173.03, Was #22

6:27 PM Big problems on this run. Mirante was trailing DeSantis coming to the finish. After the finish it appeared that Mirante's bike was not slowing and he gained ground on him quickly. DeSantis was getting closer and closer to the center line. To keep from hitting DeSantis it appeared that Mirante wound up laying the bike on the ground. He rolled on the pavement several times before coming to a stop in the middle of the lane. By the time the Safety Safari got to the scene Mirante was on his knees. He was talking to the safety team but will be transported for observation.

Left Lane: Clarence Markham Runs 7.756/177.42, Now #24; Best prior run: 10.545/84.09, Was #24
Right Lane: Sam Hurwitz Runs 7.562/175.39, Now #19; Best prior run: 7.633/177.00, Was #22

This was a lot more calm but both riders fail to make the field. Conditions won't get any better than this session.

Left Lane: Jay Matthews Runs 7.718/176.12, Now #21; Best prior run: 7.577/175.27, Was #20
Right Lane: Scott Lewis Runs 7.522/175.50, Now #17; Best prior run: 7.597/175.39, Was #22

Lewis comes close but he doesn't crack the field. Two more shots for the pair.

Left Lane: Brian DeLong Runs 7.758/176.44, Now #19; Best prior run: 7.531/178.19, Was #19
Right Lane: Mike Kovacevich Runs 24.274/22.10, Now #22; Best prior run: 7.587/172.83, Was #22

Kovacevich was off pace by three thirty and shuts off. DeLong gets a full pass but can't crack the field. Underdahl is on the bump at 7.522.

Left Lane: Fred Camarena Runs 7.532/179.11, Now #18; Best prior run: 7.527/175.16, Was #18
Right Lane: Craig Treble Runs 7.557/166.97, Now #15; Best prior run: 7.506/181.23, Was #15

Camarena started the session in the field but was bumped by DeSantis. Treble was running well but something happened to the bike near the top end. He slowed and Camarena drove around him.

Left Lane: Greg Underdahl Runs 7.565/183.89, Now #16; Best prior run: 7.522/179.40, Was #16
Right Lane: Blaine Hale Runs 7.565/173.43, Now #13; Best prior run: 7.486/177.30, Was #13

A pair of 7.56's but no help for either rider.

Left Lane: Matt Hines Runs 7.340/187.29, Now #1; Best prior run: 7.495/173.25, Was #14
Right Lane: Mike Berry Runs 7.390/181.32, Now #5; Best prior run: 7.484/178.90, Was #12

That's what I expected in this session as both riders improve. Hines to the top of the field.

Left Lane: Thomas Miceli Runs 7.423/177.88, Now #8; Best prior run: 7.462/176.97, Was #11
Right Lane: Todd Doege Runs 7.514/178.78, Now #12; Best prior run: 7.474/180.33, Was #12

Miceli moves into the top half of the field. Doege slows slightly from his first pass.

Left Lane: Steve Johnson Runs 7.431/178.66, Now #9; Best prior run: 7.462/178.00, Was #11
Right Lane: Antron Brown Runs 7.432/179.18, Now #10; Best prior run: 7.440/180.36, Was #10

Brown is not going to catch Savoie this way. He remains in the bottom half of the field. Johnson picks up two spots in the field.

Left Lane: GT Tonglet Runs 9.273/94.39, Now #6; Best prior run: 7.396/180.79, Was #6
Right Lane: Ron Ayers Runs 7.526/172.96, Now #11; Best prior run: 7.433/177.88, Was #11

GT slows by half track and fails to improve. Ayers also slows a tenth from his first run.

Left Lane: Reggie Showers Runs 7.377/181.54, Now #3; Best prior run: 7.387/182.03, Was #3
Right Lane: Shawn Gann Runs 7.401/181.08, Now #7; Best prior run: 7.417/180.94, Was #7

Both riders improve about .01.

Left Lane: Angelle Savoie Runs 7.289/182.35, Now #1; Best prior run: 7.366/181.08, Was #2
Right Lane: Geno Scali Runs 7.393/175.89, Now #4; Best prior run: 7.388/180.24, Was #4

Savoie finishes the session by placing a dagger in the heart of the field. She becomes the first rider of the weekend to get into the twenties. Scali runs another thirty and remains #4. The field changed very little in the second session and we end with Savoie #1 and Underdahl on the bump.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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