Las Vegas: Scott Geoffrion eliminations summary

Geoffrion's quarterfinal finish puts Nitro Fish Ford escort ZX2 into ninth place. LAS VEGAS, April 6, 2003 - It's tough for Scott Geoffrion to stop smiling - even after his quarterfinal-round loss to Mark Whisnant Sunday in the SummitRacing.com...

Geoffrion's quarterfinal finish puts Nitro Fish Ford escort ZX2 into ninth place.

LAS VEGAS, April 6, 2003 - It's tough for Scott Geoffrion to stop smiling - even after his quarterfinal-round loss to Mark Whisnant Sunday in the SummitRacing.com Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

First, his Hurley Blakeney-owned Ford ZX2 Pro Stock entry unveiled its brilliant Nitro Fish colors Friday, and then Geoffrion became the first Pro Stock driver to exceed 200 mph at The Strip on his initial qualifying run, 6.904 seconds at 200.50 mph. His 6.898 on Saturday lifted him into No. 3 starting position for eliminations.

Geoffrion defeated Terry Adams in the opening round but experienced severe tire shake in the next one against Whisnant. The car's performance fell off to a 7.031 at 198.99 seconds while Whisnant won with a 6.967 at 197.59 mph.

He earned enough points to climb into the Pro Stock top 10 with 153, becoming the first Ford to do so since the 1995 season when 10-time champion Bob Glidden was still competing.

"We qualified fifth at the last race at Gainesville, Fla., on the fifth run on the car, and we qualified third on its 10th lap," said a smiling Geoffrion. "I said to Hurley, 'think about it. In 11 runs we've qualified fifth and third. And then we get into the top 10 and we aren't even fulltime racers. I have another job and he's running his three companies in Vermont.'

"We knew this car was going to be good, but we didn't know how good," the San Clemente, Calif.-based driver added.

The Nitro Fish team returns to action at Baytown, Texas, in the O'Reilly Spring Nationals, Friday through Sunday at Houston Raceway Park.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Hurley Blakeney , Bob Glidden , Scott Geoffrion , Terry Adams , Mark Whisnant