Seattle: Larry Nance Saturday summary

Career best E.T. qualifies Nance ninth. KENT, Wash. - - Using a career best elapsed time ^Ö 6.822 seconds in the third qualifying session -- Larry Nance, driver of the Team Marines Pro Stock Cavalier, qualified ninth at the 15th annual NHRA ...

Career best E.T. qualifies Nance ninth.

KENT, Wash. - - Using a career best elapsed time ^Ö 6.822 seconds in the third qualifying session -- Larry Nance, driver of the Team Marines Pro Stock Cavalier, qualified ninth at the 15th annual NHRA Lucas Oil Products Northwest Nationals being run this weekend at the newly renamed Pacific Raceways located in Kent, Wash.

Former NBA player turned drag racer, Nance, from Akron, Ohio, has qualified for the last four consecutive NHRA national events in Pro Stock cars. Nance^Òs ninth place qualifying position is his highest qualifying position of the 2002 NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

Nance recalls the career best run. ^ÓThe acceleration was awesome. I was very active in the car especially shifting. Every time the shift light went out, it came right back on. I knew the run was something special from the green light,^Ô said Nance.

In tomorrow^Òs eliminations, Nance will face Gene Wilson, from Conroe, Texas, who qualified eighth with a pass of 6.821 seconds at 201.64 mph. The pair have never met in eliminations.

Crew chief Taylor Lastor says that the Team Marines Cavalier is ready for tomorrow^Òs match up. ^ÓWe have continued to improve especially over the last four races and feel we are ready to face Wilson tomorrow. This was our best qualifying effort of the season. There is only one thousandths of a second difference between our qualifying time and Wilson^Òs. It should be one great race.

Nance is one of those fortunate individual that has been able to parlay a love of both basketball and drag racing into a life-long career.

After a collegiate basketball career at Clemson, Nance was the #1 draft pick of the National Basketball Association's (NBA) Phoenix Suns. Nance played for the Suns six and a half seasons. He was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers about half way through the '87-'88 season. He spent another six and a half seasons playing for the Cavs before retiring after the 1995-'96 season.

Highlights of Nance's NBA career include being named to the NBA all-stars three times (1985, 1989, and 1993), winning the first slam-dunk contest (1984) and holding the record for the most shots blocked by a forward (2,027). He scored 15,687 career points , averaged 17.1 points per game, and pulled down 7, 352 rebounds.

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Drivers Gene Wilson , Larry Nance