STEVENS IMPROVES CAREER-BEST ET, QUALIFIES NO. 6 IN TEXAS DALLAS (Oct. 8, 2005) - Richie Stevens Jr. is determined to make a move in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Pro Stock standings before year's end. He and the Team Mopar/Valspar ...
STEVENS IMPROVES CAREER-BEST ET, QUALIFIES NO. 6 IN TEXAS
DALLAS (Oct. 8, 2005) - Richie Stevens Jr. is determined to make a move in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series Pro Stock standings before year's end. He and the Team Mopar/Valspar HEMI-powered Dodge Stratus R/T crew are looking at that opportunity in Sunday's O'Reilly Fall NHRA Nationals at the Texas Motorplex.
No. 7 in points Stevens, who qualified sixth with a career-best 6.688-second elapsed time at 205.79 mph in the last session, will face his teammate and No. 11 qualifier Jeg Coughlin in the opening stanza, who is 36 points behind Stevens. Adding to Stevens' potential rise in points is the fact that Jim Yates (40 points behind in 10th) did not qualify, and Ron Krisher and Greg Stanfield (eighth and sixth in points) face each other in the first round.
"I'm surprised we moved up in that last session. I wasn't expecting it," said Stevens, who was 10th going into the final round. "I'm not saying that we weren't capable. I just didn't think that would be the better session (in the heat of the day).
"It's good that last run bumped us up, but it's bad that we have to face Jeg first round. It's unfortunate we have to race each other, but at least one of the Don Schumacher Pro Stock cars will be moving onto the second round. Hopefully it will be the Mopar/Valspar Dodge.
"I think I've raced him more than anyone else in Pro Stock this year," said Stevens, who faces Coughlin for the fourth time this season in the first round, and fifth total for the year.
"We should be able to go some rounds. The good news is Jim Yates did not qualify, so that gives us some breathing room. If we can go a few rounds past Krisher and Stanfield, then it will get us closer to where we want to be.
"We could use a win, we're trying to stay alive. I'd like to end up sixth or seventh in points when it's all said and done (Stevens is currently No. 7, 23 points behind sixth place Stanfield). Hopefully we'll have a good Sunday and pull out a win.