Sonoma: Richie Stevens Jr Saturday summary

STEVENS NO. 9 AFTER FOUR QUALIFYING ROUNDS IN SONOMA SONOMA, Calif. (July 30, 2005) - Nestled in the hills of Northern California and deep in the heart of wine country, Infineon Raceway is one of the more desirable stops on the NHRA POWERade...

STEVENS NO. 9 AFTER FOUR QUALIFYING ROUNDS IN SONOMA

SONOMA, Calif. (July 30, 2005) - Nestled in the hills of Northern California and deep in the heart of wine country, Infineon Raceway is one of the more desirable stops on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series schedule. With straw-colored hills as a backdrop, Richie Stevens Jr. qualified No. 9 in the Pro Stock class after four rounds of qualifying for the Fram-Autolite NHRA Nationals today in the Team Mopar/Valspar HEMI-powered Dodge Stratus R/T.

It was a tough effort for Stevens attempting to claim his 10th qualifying start in the top half of the field, as he posted first a 6.737/204.48 in the first session, which was good for sixth at the time, a 6.725/204.54 in the second run, and his best of the weekend, a 6.700/204.98 in Friday night's session placed him in ninth. The 6.770/203.95 lap in the heat in the final did not improve his position

"Not quite what we were looking for," he said. "We kind of struggled all weekend. We didn't make picture-perfect runs and we ended up in the bottom half, but we still qualified and got both cars in (including his teammate Jeg Coughlin Jr. in 10th), but they were not really the runs we were looking for."

"But we'll be here tomorrow and hopefully it will be a good day for us, and we'll go some rounds."

"I think we just missed the setup this weekend. We've been a little off from where we normally are on the page and we hadn't been really in the top five or six like we have been in the past. We're just missing something. I don't know what it is, Bob (Glidden, crew chief) doesn't know what it is, and hopefully we'll find it before we head to Brainerd (Minn., in two weeks), and even by tomorrow, so we can get some power to these cars."

Lane choice will not be an issue, said the New Orleans native. "I never really noticed any difference in the lanes, maybe one is just a tad bit better than the other. I don't think lane choice is going to be that much of a big a deal tomorrow, but I could be wrong. Tomorrow is a whole other day. We'll see when we get up there. It doesn't matter much to us, as we don't have lane choice. We have to take whatever one we're given."

Stevens faces Erica Enders in first round of eliminations on Sunday.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Richie Stevens Jr.