Columbus: Larry Nance final qualifying summary

Nance's Team Marine Cavalier will run Sunday. HEBRON, OHIO -- For the second time this season, the Team Marine Cavalier, owned and driven by Larry Nance, will be part of the 16-car Pro Stock field for Sunday's eliminations at the NHRA Pontiac...

Nance's Team Marine Cavalier will run Sunday.

HEBRON, OHIO -- For the second time this season, the Team Marine Cavalier, owned and driven by Larry Nance, will be part of the 16-car Pro Stock field for Sunday's eliminations at the NHRA Pontiac Excitement Nationals presented by Summit Racing, the 11th of 23 races on the NHRA POWERade® Drag Racing Series.

Nance was elated with the last minute effort to make the field. "I think I like this (qualifying) a lot," said Nance. "We made some changes on the Team Marine Cavalier this week and from the first time I let the clutch out on Friday it ran better than it had all season long. It was nice and smooth. We ran good each and every session including the first run. Even on that first run, in the lower gears it was smooth, but then I hit the bump and wasn't prepared for it and lost valuable time. But we knew we had hit on a good combination.

"Richard Maskin, who I personally think is the best engine builder in the game today, gave me more power. You see what the results were. We think we still have a little bit more in this Jerry Bickel-built Cavalier. We're real excited about going racing tomorrow."

In their first meeting in national event competition, Nance , from Akron, Ohio, will face Greg Anderson, from Jacksonville, N.C., in tomorrow's opening round at National Trail Raceway in Hebron, Ohio, just outside Columbus. Anderson, qualified fifth with a run of 6.882 seconds at 199.94 mph. Nance, who improved in each of four qualifying sessions, saved the best for last by qualifying 12th with a pass of 6.901 seconds at 198.82 mph in the final qualifying session.

Only .043 seconds separated #1 qualifier Jim Yates, from Alexandria, Va., and #16 qualifier Larry Morgan, from nearby Newark, Ohio. Yates recorded a 6.862 second pass to nail the top spot, while Morgan's 6.905 second run landed the local driver on the bubble in the 16-car field.

-lnr-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Greg Anderson , Larry Morgan , Larry Nance