Topeka: Richie Stevens Jr Saturday summary

STEVENS JR. QUALIFIES 11TH IN HOT TOPEKA TOPEKA, Kan. (May 27, 2006) - Richie Stevens Jr. faced the hottest conditions of the season this weekend at the O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka, qualifying the Team Mopar/Valspar...

STEVENS JR. QUALIFIES 11TH IN HOT TOPEKA

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 27, 2006) - Richie Stevens Jr. faced the hottest conditions of the season this weekend at the O'Reilly NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka, qualifying the Team Mopar/Valspar Dodge Stratus R/T No. 11 in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Pro Stock class.

With temperatures in the 90s and track temperatures nearing 120 degrees during the day, especially during today's two passes, Stevens posted his quickest elapsed time in the first qualifying session on Friday, a 6.840-second ET at 201.01 mph. The laps that followed included a 6.851/200.86, a 6.866/200.47 and finally, in the last round, a 6.906/200.05.

"The track is hot, the temperature is hot," said Stevens. "That's going to affect us tremendously, unlike the fuel cars. I don't know. In this (last) run it didn't feel good. I don't know if we hurt something or not. We're going look at it and hopefully get a tune-up for tomorrow.

"I know the conditions today are worse than they were yesterday. We're missing something somewhere.

"The weather is just magnifying it. The conditions are making it just that much more apparent that we're missing something. We'll just have to pull something out for tomorrow. Hopefully we can get some luck on our side and go some rounds, but it's going to be tough."

Stevens faces Rickie Smith in final eliminations on Sunday.

-dsr-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Richie Stevens Jr. , Rickie Smith