QUALIFYING SESSION - FRIDAY
Due to numerous
oil downs and a couple of crashes funny car session two was running
way late. The sun was dropping in the West and at Bakersfield
that means one thing, the track would soon be cold and any decent
lighting for photography would be gone.
off was Bill Windham and Matt Bynum.
into severe tire shake before the tree and after some antics,
and got back after it... which was a mistake.
All fours off the ground.
In the other lane Bynum
was having no such issues.
Bynum went on to card
a 5.962 at 248.11 which put him #15 for day one.
was Rick Rogers and Dean Oberg.
Rogers went immediately
into tire shake.
Rear tires cupped big
In spite of all his problems
on the bottom end, Rogers got back after it and carded a 6.264
at 246.12 which left him #20 for the day. Oberg once again oiled
the track and did not receive a time.
After another clean up
the next pair was John Weaver and Scott Cousimano.
Cousimano lost fire at
the end of his burnout and exited stage right.
Weaver had problems and
clicked it early. His earlier 5.713 landed him #6.
Out next was Chris Davis
and Ryan Hodgson.
Hodgson did not improve running
a 5.71 at 247.02. His Q1 5.693 put him in the #5 hole for Friday
with one session to go. Davis' 5.902 at 241.07 moved him into
the #12 spot.
to fire was Mike Halstead and James Day.
After banging the blower, Halstead
didn't improve on his earlier 5.860 and ended up #11. Day did
not improve on his Q1 6.076 and landed #17.
the sun setting in the West, out came Steven Densham and Danny
Both cars shut off early, coasting
through. Q1 numbers put them both in the show, Densham ended
#7 with his 5.765 while Gerber was in at #10 with his 5.820.
Out next was a pair of the several
flat black cars that are not fan or photogs favorites. Give em
some color, guys! That said, paired were Shawn Van Horn and Richard
Van Horn squared the
tires before the tree.
Townsend made a slight improvement
(6.037 at 235.47) to hang on to the #16 spot. Van Horn landed
#23 with his Q1 6.704 at 212.29.
was Michael Peck and Ryan Konno who were both DNQ.
Konno improved with a 5.939 at
240.64 and moved up into the #13 spot. Peck had another failed pass and landed
Back for their second
shots were Tim Nemeth and Geoff Monise.
Nemeth didn't improve and ended
#11 with his Q1 5.820. Monise stayed #14 with his earlier 5.941.
was Kris Krabill and Dan Horan Jr.
Horan did a great job
of keeping his car in the lane.
Krabill made a slight improvement
with a solid 5.605 at 248.16 which was good for #3. Horan coasted
through standing on his earlier 5.658 at 260.91 leaving him #4.
on the end of the line it was Mike McIntire and John Hale.
McIntire overpowered the track
and shut off but Hale had no such problems. He vaulted into the
#2 spot with a sterling 5.572 at 247.16. McIntire stayed #1 with
out were Marc Meadors and Don Hudson.
With sparks flyin' Meadors was
a heartbeat away from his second oil down in as many runs...
and this was a bad one.
Meadors received no time while
Hudson carded a 6.258 at 164.35 leaving him #19.
Clean up went
on till dark. The stands had emptied, cars had pulled out of
line and the track temp cooled a bunch.
When the track was finally clean,
the final pair was Brad Thompson and Jason Rupert.
Neither car came close to improving
leaving Thompson #21 with a 6.411 and Rupert in the show with
a Q1 5.774.
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