SEATTLE, July 27, 2001 - Qualifying got underway today for the 14th annual Prolong Super Lubricants Northwest Nationals at Seattle International Raceway. Bruce Allen drove the Reher-Morrison Pontiac Grand Am to the No. 1 position in Pro...
SEATTLE, July 27, 2001 - Qualifying got underway today for the 14th annual Prolong Super Lubricants Northwest Nationals at Seattle International Raceway. Bruce Allen drove the Reher-Morrison Pontiac Grand Am to the No. 1 position in Pro Stock with a track-record elapsed time of 6.844 seconds at 200.41 mph. Allen is looking for back-to-back top qualifying spots after his No. 1 last week in Denver.
"This Grand Am is running fast, exclaimed Allen. "We have no problem with that. The only thing we are having problem with is consistency and keeping up with the changes. We're just not getting the right setup on raceday. But for qualifying we've got a good setup and we've managed to be solid in every session. Tomorrow could be even faster if the weather is the way they are saying it will be. The track will be better, and you'll have to go out there and run a good number to stay low. It's all timing. How you do it and when you do it.
"To tell you how marginal it is, when I was sitting in the staging lanes, I was looking at who I had to run, who was going in front of me and looking at the bump on the board, explained Allen. "I would ask myself if we would still be in the show at the end of the day. So I was able to realize that even if it does rain tomorrow, I'll still be in the show.
"These Grand Ams are really good cars. They have a longer wheelbase, which makes them easier to drive. They get a hold of the track better, and are much more stable which makes them easier to race. The track is better then last year. They've done the best they can do but I think these cars help as well. They are great racecars. I love them. Right from the beginning we've run good with this car."
GM Goodwrench Service Plus Pontiac Grand Am driver, Warren Johnson is behind Allen in the No. 2 position. Jim Yates is qualified third, George Marnell is fourth, both in Grand Ams, and Kurt Johnson is fifth in a Cavalier.
Leading the Pontiacs in the Funny Car field is Del Worsham in the CSK Pontiac Firebird with an elapsed time of 4.930 seconds at 304.80 mph to place him in the No. 3 spot.
"First of all, we're very happy to bounce back from our Denver effort with some good qualifying runs, said Worsham. "I know the car can go quicker. It's got a 4.88 in it beyond any doubt, but we didn't get to the finish line on the first one, and you just don't know what the weather is going to do up here so we had to play this run like it might be the last one. Thinking that way, we left it a little soft to make sure it would go. We're number three, that's pretty good. We plan on making both laps tomorrow and improving. We absolutely plan on being solidly near the top of the field."
Leading the field is John Force with an elapsed time of 4.876 seconds at 310.41 mph. Ron Capps is second in a Camaro, Jerry Toliver is fourth, and Bruce Sarver is fifth, both in Firebirds.
The 14th annual Prolong Super Lubricants Northwest Nationals presented by NAPA Auto Parts is the 15th race on the 24-event NHRA Winston Drag Racing tour. ESPN2 will televise two hours of qualifying highlights on Saturday, July 28 starting at 7 p.m. Eastern. Final eliminations will be broadcast on ESPN2 on Sunday, July 29 beginning at 6 p.m. Eastern.