Negative go for Team Marine Cavalier at Columbus. HEBRON, OHIO, June 16, 2002 --Final eliminations got underway today at National Trail Raceway, home of the 38th annual NHRA Pontiac Excitement Nationals presented by Summit Racing. In the...
Negative go for Team Marine Cavalier at Columbus.
HEBRON, OHIO, June 16, 2002 --Final eliminations got underway today at National Trail Raceway, home of the 38th annual NHRA Pontiac Excitement Nationals presented by Summit Racing.
In the opening round, former NBA all-star turned drag racer Larry Nance, owner and driver of the Team Marine Pro Stock Cavalier, squared off against Greg Anderson, from Jacksonville, N.C. Anderson was the fifth qualifier with an elapsed time (E.T.) of 6.882 seconds. The 43-year-old Nance, from Akron, Ohio, qualified 12th with an E.T. of 6.901 seconds. The pair have never met in head-to-head competition in eliminations.
Away by a very slight margin at the light, any thoughts Nance had for an upset win vanished when he got loose toward the top end of the quarter-mile. Anderson tripped the finish lights in 6.900 seconds followed by Nance in 7.519 seconds.
After the loss, Nance reflected on the run. "It has been fun just qualifying. We had expected more out of the Team Marine Cavalier today, but nothing is easy out here. I will continue to tell anyone who will listen, Pro Stock car racing is the most competitive of any professional class in drag racing. Today was an example. Only .019 seconds separated my qualifying time from Anderson's, but during eliminations, after I got loose, it was over. It's now on to St. Louis."
Nance's Catch 22 Team Marine Cavalier now moves to the St. Louis area for the NHRA Sears Craftsman Nationals. The event will unfold June 27-30 at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill, just across the Mississippi River from St. Louis. The Sears Craftsman Nationals marks the approximate midpoint of the 2002 23 race schedule on the NHRA POWERade® Drag Racing Series.