RICHIE STEVENS JR. QUALIFIES 10TH IN FIRST DRIVE FOR SCHUMACHER RACING POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 12, 2005) - Richie Stevens Jr. fell comfortably back into place in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series' Pro Stock class today, by qualifying No. 10 in...
RICHIE STEVENS JR. QUALIFIES 10TH IN FIRST DRIVE FOR SCHUMACHER RACING
POMONA, Calif. (Feb. 12, 2005) - Richie Stevens Jr. fell comfortably back into place in the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series' Pro Stock class today, by qualifying No. 10 in the Team Mopar HEMI-powered Dodge Stratus. The season-opening CARQUEST Auto Parts Winternationals this weekend is his first official event as a new member of Don Schumacher Racing and his first Pro Stock outing since 2003.
His 6.740-second elapsed time at 204.66 mph topped a 7.125/192.22 from the first session (as a result of an engine problem), and was quicker than the 6.762/204.82 he registered in the last of only three sessions (Friday's was rained out).
The final round saw Stevens and his teammate Jeg Coughlin, in the Jeg's Mail Order/Mopar Dodge, post identical 6.762-second laps in a side-by-side match-up "won" by Stevens. Stevens edged out Coughlin with a faster speed of 204.82 mph to Coughlin's 204.14 - a testament to the tuning of Bob Glidden, in charge of both cars.
"It feels good," said the New Orleans native. "The expectations were high here for everybody, to see how we would do. It feels good to qualify. We ended up No. 10 and Jeg is No. 13. We're going to be here on Sunday and we get to race and show off our colors tomorrow and hopefully we can go some rounds and get into the money round.
"On that last run Jeg and I were two thousandths (of a second) apart the whole way down the track. It's amazing that two cars can be so close together but yet qualified so far apart. We both ran pretty decent - not as well as we wanted to in the last hit - but we're still in the field and we'll do some damage tomorrow."
Stevens will face reigning Pro Stock champion Greg Anderson, who qualified seventh, in the first round of eliminations on Sunday. "That's a nice welcome-back present," he laughed. "I'll take anybody I can. I'm just glad to be here.