Sonoma Bruce Allen Qualifying Report

Allen aces Sonoma track in Round 3 SONOMA, Calif. (Aug. 7) -- The Pennzoil-sponsored Outlaw Fuel Additives machine of Pro Stock driver Bruce Allen garnered most of the attention in the third round of professional qualifying at the 12th ...

Allen aces Sonoma track in Round 3

SONOMA, Calif. (Aug. 7) -- The Pennzoil-sponsored Outlaw Fuel Additives machine of Pro Stock driver Bruce Allen garnered most of the attention in the third round of professional qualifying at the 12th Annual Autolite Nationals. The Arlington, Texas driver reached a career-best top speed of 199.43 mph on Sears Point Raceway's famous strip while also posting an impressive 6.948-second elapsed time, which moved him from out of contention into the top half of the Pro Stock field.

Allen, 49, currently occupies the No. 7 position on the qualifying ladder with one round of qualifying left to be contested this afternoon. Prior to the session he was in 17th place.

"It's very rare to have a perfect run," Allen said. "And we still had a little room for improvement in that one because we did encounter a little bit of tire shake that probably slowed us down just a tad. But, all in all, we couldn't be happier with that lap.

"When you start Day 2 out of the field you don't always know how to attack the track. Should you go for it, or be conservative and just get in the field? That's the question you keep asking yourself. Fortunately, we made the right call this time."

Mike Thomas, the driver of the Pennzoil Pro Stock Pontiac Firebird, recorded a nice lap of his own in Round 3 in the lane opposite his teammate Allen. Thomas' 6.954-second pass at 198.88 mph earned him the No. 8 spot in the field.

"That was pretty good but we definitely left some elapsed time on the table," Thomas said. "The car went left again right at the starting line and the correction of that problem cost me at least a couple of hundredths of a second. Still, the good news is that in my mind, qualifying is over. With the exception of Warren Johnson (who has not yet qualified), I don't see anything changing. I sure hope we're able to stay in the top half of the field."

Eddie Hill, the pilot of the Pennzoil Top Fuel Dragster, had a huge wheelstand just off the launching pad and clicked his motor off to avoid any possibility of a blowover. His 4.619-second lap at 318.09 mph from Friday night remains his best of the weekend and leaves him in the No. 5 spot in the field.

"Boy, she sure left like a rocket," Hill said. "But I could tell that the front end was not going to come down on its own so I had to shut her down. That was tough to do because I could tell she was ready to fly. In fact, our incremental numbers up until I turned her off were much quicker than last nights 4.61. If she had stayed level that would have been a hero run."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Mike Thomas , Warren Johnson , Bruce Allen