Englishtown: Junior Pippin Saturday notes

JUNIOR PIPPIN FAILS TO QUALIFY FOR ENGLISHTOWN ENGLISHTOWN, N.J., June 21, 2008 - After a timing error during the final qualifying session, Junior Pippin, the 55-year-old rookie rider of the PiranaZ Racing/Pippin Racing S&S-powered V-Twin pro ...

JUNIOR PIPPIN FAILS TO QUALIFY FOR ENGLISHTOWN

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J., June 21, 2008 - After a timing error during the final qualifying session, Junior Pippin, the 55-year-old rookie rider of the PiranaZ Racing/Pippin Racing S&S-powered V-Twin pro stock motorcycle did not qualify for Sunday's Lucas Oil NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.

"What can I say-the clock screwed up," said the Conyers, Ga native. "It sucks!" During the first Saturday qualifying session (Q3), Pippin ran a 10.468 e.t. at 77.63-mph, after experiencing mechanical issues. Hoping to improve on his earlier performance, Pippin pushed his S&S-powered V-Twin pro stock motorcycle during the final qualifying session, but because of a malfunction in the track timing mechanism he was unable to qualify for the final show.

Yesterday, during the first two qualifying sessions (Q1 and Q2), Pippin ran a 7.159 e.t. at 187.18-mph then a 7.109 at 183.77-mph respectively. Although he did well yesterday, the new qualifying format states during the first day of qualifying, the top 12 elapsed times in each category will earn a provisional spot. However, the positions are not locked and all teams can be bumped in or bumped out of the field on the second day depending on how the other teams run. Unfortunately for Pippin, he was just below the bump spot, coming in 13th yesterday, and because he was unable to continue his performance, he failed to qualify today.

As for his plans for tomorrow, the dump truck driver said he plans to be a spectator. "Tomorrow I'll watch and cheer on my friends."

-credit: jpr

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