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Fri, 12 Nov 2004, 05:43 PM

Pro Stock Bike Qualifying Notes, Session #2
By David Gerard





POMONA, Calif. - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Pro Stock Bike at the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, 40th annual Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals 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: Kurt Matte Runs 7.244/183.42, Now #14; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Chip Hunter Runs 7.204/185.95, Now #11; Best prior run: 28.000/0.00, Was #22

2:16 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 69 degrees, relative humidity 54 percent, barometer 28.85 inches, adjusted altitude 2,089 feet, track temperature 96 degrees.

Wesley Wells is on the bump with a 7.332 ET. The big news is that Hines didn't qualify in the first session.

Big moves for both bikes into the field.


Left Lane: Matt Smith Runs 7.211/184.45, Now #13; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Shawn Gann Runs 7.211/185.36, Now #12; Best prior run: 7.384/178.83, Was #20

Gann gets in on this pass, but isn't very far up the ladder. Smith slots in right behind him.

Left Lane: Andrew Hines Runs 7.202/165.23, Now #11; Best prior run: 8.447/117.64, Was #24
Right Lane: Wesley Wells Runs 7.377/175.46, Now #21; Best prior run: 7.332/177.58, Was #20

Hines is now the 2004 champion [unless he gets bumped ]. Wells can't improve.

Left Lane: Mike Lozano Runs 7.483/175.68, Now #24; Best prior run: 7.441/177.09, Was #24
Right Lane: Fred Camarena Runs 7.219/182.95, Now #15; Best prior run: 7.294/181.03, Was #19

Camarena will sneak in for now, but Lozano will have to wait for another try.

Left Lane: Redell Harris No Time, Now #23; Best prior run: 7.389/175.80, Was #23
Right Lane: Jay Matthews Runs 7.284/183.79, Now #17; Best prior run: 7.239/183.72, Was #17

Harris has the engine go silent after the launch. Matthews slows from yesterday. Tough time for the bikes so far.

Left Lane: Connie Cohen Runs 7.353/177.56, Now #22; Best prior run: 7.381/180.55, Was #22
Right Lane: Blaine Hale Runs 7.216/185.79, Now #15; Best prior run: 7.236/186.54, Was #16

Hale gets off the bump, but just barely. Cohen improves about the same amount, but won't get in.

Left Lane: Ryan Schnitz Runs 7.279/182.50, Now #19; Best prior run: 7.325/181.62, Was #20
Right Lane: Steve Johnson Runs 7.165/186.36, Now #8; Best prior run: 7.194/182.08, Was #10

Johnson is the first bike in the teens and goes into the current top half of the field. No joy for Schnitz.

Left Lane: Karen Stoffer Runs 7.305/180.40, Now #20; Best prior run: 7.284/176.81, Was #20
Right Lane: Joe DeSantis Runs 7.275/179.49, Now #7; Best prior run: 7.162/185.23, Was #7

Both bikes slow from yesterday. Stoffer is out of the groove and has to work hard to keep the bike off the center line. DeSantis slows a bunch from yesterday.

Left Lane: Craig Treble Runs 7.157/185.51, Now #7; Best prior run: 7.187/184.57, Was #10

Treble takes a single into the current #7 spot for now. Nice pass!

Left Lane: Mike Berry Runs 7.216/183.10, Now #10; Best prior run: 7.185/185.84, Was #10
Right Lane: GT Tonglet Runs 12.837/50.09, Now #4; Best prior run: 7.126/188.83, Was #4

Toglet is slow off the line and clicks it early. Berry slows slightly.

Left Lane: Angelle Savoie Runs 7.226/184.27, Now #6; Best prior run: 7.157/185.95, Was #6
Right Lane: Antron Brown Runs 7.159/182.67, Now #3; Best prior run: 7.118/187.31, Was #3

Brown picks it up and Savoie slows it down. Neither will change position.

Left Lane: Geno Scali Runs 7.100/187.96, Now #2; Best prior run: 7.091/188.65, Was #2
Right Lane: Chip Ellis Runs 7.101/185.97, Now #1; Best prior run: 7.063/187.36, Was #1

Seven-tens a pair! Great side by side pass for the two bikes with the best times of the session, but no improvement for either. That will wrap up the session with Fred Camarena on the bump with a 7.219 ET.

2:35 p.m. Time for the ProStock Shuffle on the starting line!

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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