Pomona II: GM Racing Friday summary

Jason Line's Pontiac GTO Sets E.T. Track Record During Second Day Of Qualifying At Pomona Kurt Johnson Drives Chevy Cobalt To Track Record Speed Mark POMONA, Calif., Nov. 4, 2005 - The second day of qualifying for the Auto Club of Southern ...

Jason Line's Pontiac GTO Sets E.T. Track Record During Second Day Of Qualifying At Pomona
Kurt Johnson Drives Chevy Cobalt To Track Record Speed Mark

POMONA, Calif., Nov. 4, 2005 - The second day of qualifying for the Auto Club of Southern California NHRA Finals was completed today at Pomona Raceway. With two additional sessions of time trials remaining on Saturday, Pontiac GTO driver Jason Line currently leads the Pro Stock category after posting a track-record elapsed time of 6.677 seconds at 206.83 mph.

"It was a good lap, but I felt that given the conditions, somebody should have been able to go quicker than that," said Line. "We thought we could go 6.65, but for the most part, the run felt pretty good. I doubt if that number will hold up. If we can get conditions in the morning as good as they were today then there are a lot of cars that will be able to pick it up."

On the record-setting run, the parachutes in Line's Summit Racing GTO failed to deploy and he wound up in the sand traps at the end of the racetrack. The team will work late into the night to repair Line's Pontiac to get it ready in time for the final day of qualifying.

"We definitely have some work to do on the car," said Line. "The front end is a little torn up and the engine probably has to come out, but we'll make it. It could be worse. The parachutes didn't open and by the time I realized it, I was running out of racetrack. I tried to slow down and keep it straight, but we made it exciting for a few seconds. Stop by the pit area at 10 o'clock and see if we're still there."

Kurt Johnson's ACDelco Chevy Cobalt is qualified in the No. 2 spot, just .006 of a second behind Line with a 6.683 e.t. at 207.62 mph - a career-best speed for Johnson and a Pomona Raceway track record.

"Although the numbers were certainly good, the run could have been better," said Johnson. "It went hard to the left at the launch with the wheels in the air, and I had to bring it back into the groove. It was ugly during the run and even worse on the computer afterwards.

If we want to nit pick the run, with a decent 60-foot time, there's no reason we couldn't go 6.66 or even 6.65. Our ACDelco Cobalt is an animal in the back half of the track - it just wants to run. We just have to figure out what it needs in the early part of the run, and everything will be fine."

Erica Enders is qualified in the No. 3 position in the Slammers Chevy Cobalt after posting a 6.683 second run at a career-best top speed of 206.70 mph. Enders entered the day in the No. 1 position and improved on yesterday's e.t. of 6.696 seconds.

"The Slammers Chevrolet made another great pass," said Enders. "The crew came on the radio and told me what we ran. It spun again down low. We made some changes and tomorrow we should have another good opportunity to improve. Being the No. 3 qualifier is just fine. As long as we have lane choice on Sunday, that's all that counts. We're trying a lot of things to see what works, eliminating what doesn't, checking off some others, and hopefully we'll be able to go fast in the morning when the air is still cool."

Greg Anderson is qualified in the No. 4 spot in a Pontiac GTO, Rickie Smith is sixth in a Chevy Cobalt, Mark Pawuk is ninth in a GTO, Dave Connolly is 10th in a Cobalt, Warren Johnson is 12th in a GTO, Bob Panella is 14th in a Cobalt and Dave Howard is in the 16th and final position in a Cobalt with a 6.725 e.t. at 205. 16 mph.

In Funny Car, Tony Pedregon has the quickest Chevrolet in the field, and is qualified in the No. 2 position after his Monte Carlo ran 4.710 seconds at 329.99 mph. Cruz Pedregon has the Advanced Auto Parts Chevrolet in the No. 3 position with a 4.714 second run at 328.94 mph. The No. 1 qualifier is Gary Scelzi in a Dodge at 4.696 seconds.

ESPN2 will televise two hours of qualifying for the NHRA Finals on Saturday, Nov. 5, beginning at 10 p.m. Eastern. Final eliminations can be seen on ESPN2 on Sunday, Nov. 6, starting at 7 p.m. Eastern.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Mark Pawuk , Kurt Johnson , Warren Johnson , Tony Pedregon , Gary Scelzi , Greg Anderson , Cruz Pedregon , Jason Line , Dave Howard