Las Vegas: GM Racing Friday qualifying notes

LAS VEGAS, April 5, 2002 - Qualifying for the 3rd annual SummitRacing.com Nationals got underway today at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. In Pro Stock, Ron Krisher leads the field in a Chevy Cavalier with a 6.954 e.t. at 198.23 mph. Krisher is looking...

LAS VEGAS, April 5, 2002 - Qualifying for the 3rd annual SummitRacing.com Nationals got underway today at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. In Pro Stock, Ron Krisher leads the field in a Chevy Cavalier with a 6.954 e.t. at 198.23 mph. Krisher is looking to capture his fourth consecutive pole of the season. Las Vegas resident George Marnell is qualified in the No. 2 position in a Pontiac Grand Am. The hometown favorite took the second spot with an elapsed time of 6.957 seconds at 197.02 mph. Tom Martino is third in a Grand Am, Jim Yates is fourth in a Grand Am and Tom Hammonds is fifth in a Cavalier.

Ron Krisher (Eagle One Chevy Cavalier) - "It went left on us at the start and we probably lost some right there before the 330. Other than that, this Chevy Cavalier made a pretty decent run - I was able to get it back pretty quick. We had a bad motor tune-up the first round and we kind of had a lot of things to tackle all at the same time between the motor, and the car and the hood scoop, and all those things we normally change in this kind of air. We have a little bit left but I'm pretty excited. We were pretty far out in left field on the first run so the second run came in a lot closer to where we should be. This Cavalier will run a little faster yet.

"If you watch the tape you'll see that the car went hard to the left. I jerked it back in second gear because it was out of the groove. I was afraid I'd go back across the lane. Looking at what we ran in the first round we figured it would run at least a high 6.96, maybe a .97. The track was better downtrack. We're close now. We'll keep trying to move forward. Now we know we have something to work with. I'm excited. I feel like we're back to where we need to be.

"We redid the clutch linkage, and something else we did was change over from the carbon fiber brakes to the steel front shoes. That should help us with the creeping and the problems we've had with staging the car. We couldn't use the same line pressure every time we staged the car because it would do something different. We took the carbon fibers off, brought back the steel, we can run them, they're consistent, and even though they don't stop as well, we'll figure out how to get stopped."

George Marnell (Matco Tools Pontiac Grand Am) - "So far I think we've made two pretty good runs. You can always pick them apart a little bit. I was really happy with the first pass we made right out of the box in the right lane. We were the fastest car in that lane during the first session. I'm sure we could find a half a hundred here or there but I'm extremely with where we are. This Grand Am is a good car, it goes from one end to the other without too many problems and it's going to be a good racecar on Sunday.

"I can't complain about being No. 2. We're extremely happy, plus if the field stays the same we're on the opposite side of the ladder from Krisher.

"I knew it was a pretty good run. It actually didn't feel as good as the first pass - the first pass felt like a textbook run. The second round you could tell we were having a few more problems but it still felt awful good.

"Being a hometown race there are a lot of different pressures to deal with, but that comes with the territory. Once you get in the racecar, it's business as usual. I'm just happy to have the fans and the support out here that I do.

-gm racing-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Ron Krisher , Tom Hammonds , Tom Martino , George Marnell