Indy ORP: Rick Stivers Saturday report

Stivers at provisional No. 15 in Record-Quick Indy Pro Mod Field CLERMONT, Ind. (September 4, 2010) -- In a Pro Mod field already the quickest ever for the legendary NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, Rick Stivers, driver of the Trane Air...

Stivers at provisional No. 15 in Record-Quick Indy Pro Mod Field

CLERMONT, Ind. (September 4, 2010) -- In a Pro Mod field already the quickest ever for the legendary NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals, Rick Stivers, driver of the Trane Air Conditioning 2006 Dodge Stratus Pro Mod, sits the provisional No. 15 after three of four scheduled qualifying passes in the NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

Stivers delivered a 6.027-second pass at 241.41 mph in the first qualifier on Saturday and hung on as the cars kept getting quicker and quicker. More than half the field is in the five-second zone and the track record of 5.943-seconds set just last season has already been matched or broken by six drivers.

"It's almost certain to be an all five-second field," Stivers said. "I don't think my 6.02 will hold, so we've got to come at it hard tomorrow to try and get farther up into the pack.

"We're struggling a little with the car losing traction when I push into second gear, so Brad [Anderson, Crew Chief and Team Owner] and the guys are working hard to figure out what they can do to keep it holding on."

Stivers teammate, Jay Payne, is also suffering the same issue with his car and currently sits outside the field hoping to make it in on Sunday's last qualifier.

"It's frustrating for all of us, but I'm sure Brad has it all worked out. We'll hit it hard tomorrow and then work our way through eliminations. It might be hot outside, but that's the kind of weather a Trane loves -- and it's hard to stop a Trane!" Stivers said.

-source: rick stivers PR

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jay Payne , Rick Stivers