Topeka: Richie Stevens Jr Saturday summary

STEVENS QUALIFIES IN BOTTOM HALF OF FIELD FOR ONLY THE FIFTH TIME THIS SEASON TOPEKA, Kan. (May 28, 2005) - Richie Stevens Jr. continues to be impressed with crew chief Bob Glidden and the new Team Mopar/Valspar HEMI-powered Dodge Stratus Pro ...

STEVENS QUALIFIES IN BOTTOM HALF OF FIELD FOR ONLY THE FIFTH TIME THIS SEASON

TOPEKA, Kan. (May 28, 2005) - Richie Stevens Jr. continues to be impressed with crew chief Bob Glidden and the new Team Mopar/Valspar HEMI-powered Dodge Stratus Pro Stock effort from Don Schumacher Racing he joined this year. In a series famous for its tight fields, Stevens has qualified for each of the nine events so far.

Today, he qualified 14th - not his best, but also not his worst. He's qualified in the bottom half of the field five times so far and four times in the top half, including a No. 1 qualifier in Phoenix this year.

Stevens posted his best pass in today's third session, a 6.785/203.61. He also pulled out a 6.788/203.71 in the first round, but struggled in the other two.

"The good news is we qualified, the bad news is we're having bad luck," said the New Orleans native. "Two out of four good runs. Last night we just blew the tires off in the good session and didn't get down the track. We came out this morning and made a really, really nice run - not picture perfect, but good enough to pick us up some spots.

"As for this last session, we have no idea what happened. I let the clutch out and it just fell on its face, almost like it was out of fuel. It had fuel, the fuel pump was on, it had good fuel pump pressure, so I don't have any idea what the deal is.

"The good part is we're here tomorrow, we get to race Kurt Johnson first round, hopefully get an upset from the 14th spot, and I'm in. This is kind of one of those weird weekends."

-dsr-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Richie Stevens Jr. , Kurt Johnson , Bob Glidden , Don Schumacher