Bristol: Scott Geoffrion eliminations summary

Geoffrion falls in opening round. BRISTOL, Tenn., April 27, 2003 - The excellent opening performances from Scott Geoffrion and the Nitro Fish Ford Escort ZX2 Pro Stock were halted Sunday in the first round of the Mac Tools Thunder Valley ...

Geoffrion falls in opening round.

BRISTOL, Tenn., April 27, 2003 - The excellent opening performances from Scott Geoffrion and the Nitro Fish Ford Escort ZX2 Pro Stock were halted Sunday in the first round of the Mac Tools Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway.

Geoffrion qualified seventh at 6.894 seconds, 199.61 mph and drew defending POWERade Series champion Jeg Coughlin (No. 10) in the opening round. Coughlin out-raced Geoffrion to the finish line, 6.934 at 199.02 to 6.943 at 199.35 mph.

"We hurt the motor, probably during Saturday night's qualifying session, and it just didn't have the steam it has had," said Geoffrion. "Bobby (Panella, the team's engine builder) has a new motor he's shipping to Atlanta for next week's race."

This was the first time Geoffrion and the new car lost in the first round. He reached the quarterfinals at Gainesville, Fla., and Las Vegas and was runner-up at Houston.

Despite losing in the first round, Geoffrion moved up one position, to sixth, with 279.

The next race, the Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals, takes place Friday through Sunday at Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Ga.

-nitrofish-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Scott Geoffrion