Sonoma: Larry Nance Saturday summary

For the fifth straight time Nance qualifies. SONOMA, Calif. - - Qualifying for the 15th annual NHRA FRAM-Autolite Nationals, being run this weekend at Infineon Raceway in the wine country of Sonoma, Calif., is complete. Larry Nance, from...

For the fifth straight time Nance qualifies.

SONOMA, Calif. - - Qualifying for the 15th annual NHRA FRAM-Autolite Nationals, being run this weekend at Infineon Raceway in the wine country of Sonoma, Calif., is complete. Larry Nance, from Akron, Ohio, finished in the 15th position on the Pro Stock qualifying grid for tomorrow's eliminations.

Friday's qualifying found Nance's Team Marines Chevrolet Cavalier struggling. After a decent run in the opening session on the new Infineon Raceway quarter-mile, Nance got very loose, which turned what started out as a good run into a missed opportunity in the evening session.

Just like his basketball playing days, in Saturday's first session Nance, who holds the NBA record for the most rebounds by a power forward, pulled down a game winning rebound with a pass of 6.836 seconds at 201.07 mph, good for 14th after three qualifying runs.

That run turned out to be Nance's best of the four qualifying sessions. With a total of six on the year, this is the fifth consecutive time that Nance has qualified for a NHRA POWERade Drag Racing series event this season.

Crew chief Taylor Lastor accessed the weekend this way, "We started out quick in the first qualifying round and were fairly confident going into Friday's evening session. That run started out quick but the wind got us sideways and we lost a run that we feel would have put us in the top half of the field.

"We knew that we had good numbers in that final Friday run and used that to tune for Saturday's first round. A 6.83 put the Team Marines Cavalier back in the field."

Nance will face Jeg Coughlin, Jr., from Delaware, Ohio, who qualified second with a pass of 6.792 seconds at 203.12 mph, in the opening round of eliminations. The pair have never met in eliminations.

"Larry (Nance) is developing into one of the better drivers on the NHRA POWERade series and with Richard Maskin power is capable of going a lot of rounds anytime he's racing. Tomorrow should be a good battle. There is only 45 hundredth of a second separating the number one qualifier from number 16. It's anybody's race," added Lastor.

-lnr-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Larry Nance