Topeka; Pontiac Racing Friday notes

TOPEKA, Kan. (September 29, 2000) -- Qualifying for the 12th annual NHRA Advance Auto Parts Nationals got underway today at Heartland Park Topeka. In Pro Stock, Jeg Coughlin took the No. 1 qualifying position with an elapsed time of 6.922 ...

TOPEKA, Kan. (September 29, 2000) -- Qualifying for the 12th annual NHRA Advance Auto Parts Nationals got underway today at Heartland Park Topeka. In Pro Stock, Jeg Coughlin took the No. 1 qualifying position with an elapsed time of 6.922 seconds at 197.39 mph. Ron Krisher is qualified second in the Eagle One Pontiac Firebird with an elapsed time of 6.926 seconds at 197.94 mph. Warren Johnson is third in the GM Goodwrench Service Plus Pontiac Firebird, Jim Yates is fourth and Kurt Johnson is fifth. Bruce Allen is qualified sixth, Mark Pawuk is seventh, Richie Stevens Jr. is ninth and Brad Jeter is 11th. Tom Martino is qualified 18th.

The 12th annual Advance Auto Parts Nationals is the 19th on the 23-event NHRA Winston championship tour. Television coverage of final eliminations can be seen on TNN on Sunday, October 1st, starting at 4:30 p.m. Eastern.

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Ron Krisher (Eagle One Pontiac Firebird) - "The first car you see out of the right lane at the 60-foot is in eighth place. I'd day there is a difference in the two lanes. Warren Johnson out ran us the first two gears down the racetrack. We'll be all right. I would say that lane choice is going to be a big factor this weekend. We did good on the back half of the track. We just need to pick up at the starting line."

After second qualifying round - "That run was a lot better. It got a lot cooler and the Eagle One Firebird ran really well. We're very pleased with the performance. I knew we would be okay and we are. The car picked up a lot and we feel very confident going into tomorrow and the rest of the weekend. The whole crew is doing great. I knew we could do it." No. 2 qualifier - 6.926ET/197.94MPH. Jim Yates (Splitfire/Peak Pontiac Firebird) - "We are really happy with how the Splitfire/Peak Pontiac Firebird is running. Terry (Adams) and the whole crew just did great today. I'm without my whole family -- even Jamie is at home helping out with inventory, so it seems a little weird but the whole team is helping out. I am really excited about the rest of the weekend. The car has improved the whole day. Hopefully we can continue that tomorrow." No. 4 qualifier - 6.955ET/197.33MPH

Richie Stevens (Valspar Refinish Pontiac Firebird) - "We've been on a great streak of races where this Valspar Firebird car is running right there with the best cars in the world. It's great for us. Today was no different and we were able to get off to a nice start with two good laps. "I'm happy with what we did today but I still think we have a lot of room to improve. There is a big bump in the concrete-to-asphalt transition area and it goes all the way across the track because it got me during both laps. Normally, this car skims right over spots like that but this one is nailing me and it's definitely cutting into our times. The biggest problem is that the bump is right at a spot where I'm changing gears. I think that's why the car's breaking traction for a second right when I hit that bump. Hopefully the track will continue to get better the more and more these fuel cars go down. That usually helps smooth it out."

Brad Jeter (Dynagear Pontiac Firebird) - "We went testing all week and we felt really good about coming here with the Dynagear Pontiac Firebird. The track here is a little bumpy in the right lane. I just had way too much clutch. That is the only thing we're going to change. The car still has a lot left in it. We just hope we can prove that." No. 11 qualifier - 6.978ET/196.76MPH

Bruce Allen (Reher-Morrison Pontiac Firebird) - "That was just a bad run. We just shook and got out of the groove a little bit and dropped a valve in low gear. We are changing everything. We're changing engines and we're starting over. We did get some good clutch information on what little track there was. We'll see if we can make a good run tonight. We can definitely do better than that last run."

After second qualifying run - "That was a lot better. The Reher-Morrison Pontiac Firebird felt better, everything was better. We really needed that run. We were getting down on ourselves and we were hoping to get in a run like that. Now we can focus better on the rest of the weekend. Maybe we can do even better!" No. 6 qualifier - 6.967ET/196.73MPH

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Richie Stevens Jr. , Brad Jeter , Mark Pawuk , Kurt Johnson , Warren Johnson , Ron Krisher , Bruce Allen , Tom Martino