Bristol: Alan Pittman Saturday report

Bristol, TN - Despite a bout of tire shake which forced him to abandon his fourth and last attempt in the preliminary session, Alan Pittman once again finds himself at the top of the qualified field for the invitation-only Pro Mod exhibition at...

Bristol, TN - Despite a bout of tire shake which forced him to abandon his fourth and last attempt in the preliminary session, Alan Pittman once again finds himself at the top of the qualified field for the invitation-only Pro Mod exhibition at the Mac Tools NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals. The 40 year-old chassis builder from Pelzer, SC extended his impressive string of dominating performances to seven on the strength of his 6.300/229.92 blast on Friday evening.

Pittman, wheeling the swoopy supercharged '41 Willys owned by Ken and Sylvia Westbrook, was determined to bring a little extra thunder to Bristol Dragway during Saturday's last two qualifying rounds. In the early stanza, tricky conditions in the heat of the day, combined with a "a slightly over-aggressive tune-up", saw Pittman get the car a little out of shape as he ran through at 6.346/221.42, which while not an improvement, was good enough to preserve his hold on the number one spot.

In Saturday's late session, Pittman's 6.300 from Friday continued to be the number to beat, and while he couldn't do much to help his own cause, no one else could take advantage of his last round stumble. "We're real happy to be in the number one spot again," said Pittman after it was over. "We tried a few things here in qualifying, and feel real good heading into race day. We're sure looking forward to going to the final rounds, something we didn't get to do at Gainesville because of the rain. We've got a strong qualifying streak going - now we want to start a win streak, too."

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