Joliet: Richie Stevens Jr Saturday summary

STEVENS QUALIFIES NINTH IN HOT CHICAGO JOLIET, Ill. (June 11, 2005) - Under hot and humid conditions at Route 66 Raceway, Richie Stevens Jr. stepped it up today and qualified ninth for the CARQUEST NHRA Nationals Pro Stock field in the Team ...

STEVENS QUALIFIES NINTH IN HOT CHICAGO

JOLIET, Ill. (June 11, 2005) - Under hot and humid conditions at Route 66 Raceway, Richie Stevens Jr. stepped it up today and qualified ninth for the CARQUEST NHRA Nationals Pro Stock field in the Team Mopar/Valspar HEMI-powered Dodge Stratus R/T.

He has now qualified for every event so far in the 2005 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. He's qualified in the top half four times, including a No. 1 in Phoenix, and six times in the bottom half.

His 6.802/203.31 pass in the heat of the day was the best of the three of four qualifying sessions he made it down the track and pits him against Allen Johnson's Mopar entry in the first round of eliminations on Sunday.

Friday's runs included a 6.818/202.21, and a 6.814/202.55 in the night session, which was not his best effort under the more desirable weather conditions. He missed the third session today when a water pump leak was discovered.

"It feels good," said the New Orleans native who is seeking his first win in his first season with Don Schumacher Racing, and in particular at Schumacher's home track. "With all of our bad luck this morning, and the bad run we made last night, it feels good. We made a pretty good run just now, I think. We didn't get into the top half, but at least we're up there in No. 9.

"I made a screwed up run last night. I staged a little deep and scrubbed off some time on the ET and that was a big part of it. And this morning we found a leak in the water pump. It was just one of those deals.

"I'm looking forward to a good day tomorrow. I'm just glad that we got to make a good decent run going into tomorrow. It feels a lot better," he said of the final pass, which was the third quickest of that round. "We're a lot more confident.

"One Mopar car is going into the next round. Hopefully it's me and hopefully we can step it up. I think we still have room for improvement. We'll get this run downloaded on the computer and look at the graph. I think we can run a 6.70 or something like that, so we should be all right."

-dsr-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Richie Stevens Jr. , Allen Johnson , Don Schumacher