Memphis: Richie Stevens Jr Saturday summary

STEVENS RUNS STRONG IN MEMPHIS HEAT, LOOKS TO EVEN SCORE WITH TEAMMATE IN MEMPHIS MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Aug. 20, 2005) - Temperatures have been exceeding 100 degrees in Memphis, but the heat is not affecting the performance of New Orleans native...

STEVENS RUNS STRONG IN MEMPHIS HEAT, LOOKS TO EVEN SCORE WITH TEAMMATE IN MEMPHIS

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (Aug. 20, 2005) - Temperatures have been exceeding 100 degrees in Memphis, but the heat is not affecting the performance of New Orleans native Richie Stevens Jr. and the Bob Glidden-led Team Mopar/Valspar HEMI-powered Dodge Stratus R/T Pro Stock team, as it made four solid qualifying efforts to qualify No. 7 for Sunday's O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals at Memphis Motorsports Park.

Stevens posted his quickest elapsed time in the final round of qualifying today, a 6.820-second pass at 202.30 mph, which followed a 6.860/201.22, a 6.822/201.04 and a 6.856/200.95 (in today's first session).

Today's 6.856-second lap in the heat of the day was the fifth quickest of the round, giving the team a boost of confidence, as track conditions at that time should mirror those expected on Sunday. "The first round was a good gauge for tomorrow," said Stevens. "We made a really good run."

"I'm real happy with the way the Team Mopar/Valspar Dodge is running. We had good speed the last round. I'm pleased. We have a lot of good data. If the track and temperature are the same tomorrow, we should be in the ballpark."

For the fourth time this season in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series, Stevens faces teammate and No. 10 qualifier Jeg Coughlin Jr. in first round of eliminations. "Unfortunately, I have to run my teammate. I have lane choice by a few thousandths (of a second)," Stevens said. "Hopefully it'll be a good race and it'll be my turn. He got me the last time we matched up," said Stevens, who has a 1-2 round win-loss record against Coughlin.

"We need to even it out and we need to gain some points, go some rounds. It's unfortunate we have to face each other first round, but hopefully we will move on to the second round."

-dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Richie Stevens Jr. , Bob Glidden