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Team Chevy's Marty Ladwig Leads Cobalt Pro FWD Qualifiers at NHRA Sport Compact Spring Nationals Jason Hunt's Ecotec-powered Chevrolet Runs Track-Record Top Speed 2007 - The first day of qualifying for the 7th annual NHRA Sport Compact Spring...

Team Chevy's Marty Ladwig Leads Cobalt Pro FWD Qualifiers at NHRA Sport Compact Spring Nationals

Jason Hunt's Ecotec-powered Chevrolet Runs Track-Record Top Speed

2007 - The first day of qualifying for the 7th annual NHRA Sport Compact Spring Nationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park was completed today and Team Chevy's contingent of Pro FWD drivers took advantage of the near perfect weather and track conditions.

Marty Ladwig drove his Ecotec-powered Lucas Oil Chevy Cobalt to a 7.328 e.t. at 196.33 mph, and through the completion of two sessions, he's qualified in the No. 2 position.

Marty Ladwig talks about his 7.32 e.t. in Q1

"This Chevy Cobalt proved today that it can run fast here," said Ladwig. "It's a shame that we didn't get to take a shot at that second session because we're getting it dialed in, and we were hoping to run at least in the 7.20s. We'll get it ready tonight for the final qualifying session on Sunday and then come back for eliminations. It's nice when you go to back-to-back races and run these kind of consistent numbers. It gives you a lot of confidence."

Jason Hunt drove his Ecotec-powered Chevy Cobalt to a track-record top speed of 197.42 mph, and a No. 3 qualifying elapsed time of 7.368 seconds.

"We had the right track conditions for what we were trying to accomplish," said team-owner Charlie Schafer. "We made the right adjustments and I still think we have a little bit more in the Matco Tools Chevrolet to get down their a little quicker. I'm excited about that because this is the kind of place where you can really step it up. When it doesn't rain here, it's an awesome track. We want to go through our normal maintenance tonight, make sure we didn't hurt anything, although everything looks great right now. We'll fine tune it and see what we can do first lap tomorrow."

"The (197 mph) run felt real good, even though we're not looking for mph - we're searching for e.t.," said Hunt. "We're happy with, and a 7.36, our best pass of the day, I'm sure there's a lot of data there that we can work from."

Bryan Jimenez is qualified in the No. 5 spot in a Chevy Cobalt with a 7.978 e.t. at 180.74 mph and Gary Gardella is in the No. 6 spot.

"We're still not where we should be," said Jimenez. "We're just trying to work out the bugs and the guys are working hard in that direction. We're probably going to put a different motor in tonight with a different turbo and see what happens. Most of the cars in Pro FWD category are running 7.30s and I think we can get a 7.50 out of this car. With a holeshot in eliminations we can make them chase us down on the top end."

In Hot Rod, Jamie Farrer is qualified in the No. 3 spot in a Chevy Cobalt, Julie Stepan qualified 5th in All Motor and Brian Ballard's Chevy Cobalt is in the No. 3 position in Quick 16.

-credit: gm racing

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