Englishtown: Richie Stevens Jr Saturday summary

STEVENS JR. CLAIMS NO. 9 IN ENGLISHTOWN QUALIFYIING ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 17, 2006) - Richie Stevens Jr. zoomed to the No. 9 qualifying spot in the second round of Pro Stock qualifying at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park for the K&N Filters ...

STEVENS JR. CLAIMS NO. 9 IN ENGLISHTOWN QUALIFYIING

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 17, 2006) - Richie Stevens Jr. zoomed to the No. 9 qualifying spot in the second round of Pro Stock qualifying at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park for the K&N Filters SuperNationals, by registering a 6.668-second pass at 207.59 mph. At that moment it was the fastest speed of his NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series career.

The driver of the Team Mopar/Valspar Dodge Stratus R/T then one-upped himself in the third session when he ran an even faster 207.72 mph, with an elapsed-time of 6.669 seconds.

Stevens opened qualifying with a 6.743/205.94 lap and closed the sessions with a 6.699/206.26 for the quickest Pro Stock field in NHRA history.

The New Orleans native has renewed confidence heading into Sunday eliminations following a strong showing in Joliet, Ill., last weekend, despite a hiccup here. "We have the power to qualify better, obviously," he said. "We qualified No. 1 last week at Route 66 Raceway."

"Here, we had the wrong low gear in the transmission on Friday night with ideal weather conditions, but we know what we did wrong and we did great in the sun today after we corrected it. That's going to be more like race conditions, so I feel good for tomorrow."

"The car is working well and we have the horsepower, so now we just need to go rounds and get a win. That's the only thing missing out of this puzzle. I feel like I'm driving good, and hopefully I can cut some good lights (reaction times) tomorrow and grab some round wins."

"I've had two wins here (1999 and 2001), and I'd love to add another one tomorrow. The whole field is only separated by four-hundredths of a second, so it's anybody's race. We'll see what happens."

Stevens faces Dave Howard in the first round of eliminations.

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Drivers Richie Stevens Jr. , Dave Howard