Indianapolis: Chevy Saturday summary

Ron Krisher puts Chevy Cavalier in top spot heading into final day of qualifying. INDIANAPOLIS, August 31, 2002 - A lightning fast Pro Stock qualifying session was completed tonight at the 48th annual U.S. Nationals with Chevy Cavalier driver...

Ron Krisher puts Chevy Cavalier in top spot heading into final day of qualifying.

INDIANAPOLIS, August 31, 2002 - A lightning fast Pro Stock qualifying session was completed tonight at the 48th annual U.S. Nationals with Chevy Cavalier driver Ron Krisher taking the top starting spot heading into the last day of time trials.

With atmospheric conditions considerably better than last night's round, and the teams beginning to dial in their set ups to the IRP quarter mile, the Pro Stock lineup was shuffled around considerably.

Krisher's Chevy Cavalier capitalized on the improved conditions by setting both ends of the track record with a run of 6.819 seconds at 201.31 mph. If Krisher can hold on to that spot after tomorrow's final two round of time trials, it will be the seventh time this season that he's started from the No. 1 position and the second race in a row. He was the top qualifier two weeks ago at Brainerd.

"We made no mistakes on that run," said Krisher. "I knew when I hit second gear in the Chevy Cavalier that it was hooked. I can't say enough about the team and everyone back at the shop. They are awesome. I knew that if we could get a hold of the track that we would put a number up. We knew we had the horsepower it was just a matter of getting a hold of the track and being in the left lane. That right lane is not good at the 60-foot. So we were glad to be in the left lane.

"We were so off the pace last night that we went back to a normal, safe routine and didn't try anything crazy. Everyone was nervous. There is so much pressure on you when you know that this is the session you have to do well in. Plus being the only team left that has qualified for every race, qualifying here would be just awful. Tomorrow the track will be warmer, and track temperature is very critical for Pro Stock so I think our run will hold up."

Mark Whisnant is qualified in the No. 2 position in a Cavalier, Greg Anderson is third in a Cavalier, and Warren Johnson is fifth in an SC/T Grand Am.

With 44 cars vying for the 16 starting Pro Stock positions, the qualifying process this year at the U.S. Nationals has been brutal. So far, there are 31 cars that have qualified quicker than 6.90 seconds and 15 of those aren't qualified tonight. Mark Pawuk's Summit Racing SC/T Pontiac Grand Am is on the bump with a 6.871 e.t. at 199.35 mph. Tom Hammonds has an identical elapsed time to Pawuk, but ran .03 mph slower at 199.32 mph putting Hammonds' Cavalier in the No. 17 spot.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Mark Pawuk , Warren Johnson , Ron Krisher , Tom Hammonds , Mark Whisnant