Topeka: Larry Nance Saturday summary

Qualifying: Larry Nance 14th annual NHRA O'Reilly Summer Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec Heartland Park Topeka -- Topeka, Kan. Session ...

Qualifying: Larry Nance
14th annual NHRA O'Reilly Summer Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec
Heartland Park Topeka -- Topeka, Kan.

Session #1 Friday: 8.178 seconds at 122.37 mph (#26)
Session #2 Friday: Canceled due to rain
Session #3 Saturday: 7.683 seconds at 136.84 mph (#33)
Session #4 Saturday: 6.951 seconds at 199.32 mph (#28)

Team Marine Cavalier fails to make top 16

TOPEKA, Kan. -- Weather, in the form of rain and thunderstorms, once again interrupted a NHRA POWERade® Drag Racing Series event -- the 14th annual NHRA O'Reilly Summer Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec.

In Friday's first qualifying session, on a green track washed clean of rubber by persistent rains, Larry Nance, from Akron, Ohio, found the Heartland Park quarter-mile not to the liking of his Team Marine Chevy Cavalier. The car moved around quite a bit searching for traction and Nance wisely aborted the run. Rain then washed out the day's second session leaving Nance with only two qualifying sessions, both scheduled for Saturday..

On Saturday, the rain moved on and qualifying began once again. In Saturday's first session, Nance once again got loose. His Team Marine Cavalier did a lot of tail wagging about the 300-foot mark and scrubbed off valuable time. Nance ended the run in 7.683 seconds, a considerable improvement over Friday, but not good enough to work his way into the top 16. Nance now must rely on his final qualifying session to get into the field.

Nance saved his best for last, running a stout pass of 6.951 seconds. It was a good run but Nance and the Team Marine Cavalier ran out of qualifying sessions finishing well down the qualifying grid.

"We're still learning what makes this Team Marine Cavalier happy," said Nance. "Once Taylor (Lastor) got a good handle on this track we started to improve. We just ran out of qualifying sessions but felt we were on the right track.

Although I don't want to predict anything, I feel that we'll be in the mix with those qualifying soon. Based on the way this Cavalier is coming around, I feel we just might breakthrough in Chicago."

It's back-to-back weekends again, the third of three races in a row, for the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series. Larry Nance and his Team Marines Chevy Cavalier now move to Joliet, Ill., about 30 miles out of Chicago, for the NHRA Chicagoland Dodge Dealers Nationals at Route 66 Raceway. Professional qualifying gets underway on Friday, May 31st, with final eliminations scheduled for Sunday, June 2nd.

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