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NMRAPaul
08-29-2008, 04:45 PM
For once, a dry Friday in the No More Rain Association! The first round of qualifying is done, the meat is on the grill, and we’ve got your Bits in the Pits right here:


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In the first round of BFGoodrich Tires Drag Radial qualifying, Bill Wolf made a couple hard moves in his lane. Thankfully he managed to keep all the parts right side up and leave all the paint on his car. However, he may need to have someone remove the pinch marks from his Kirkey.

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There’s a new radial car and driver making its debut here in Columbus; Bryan Byrd of Bethel, OH. Not much is known about what kind of times the 2004 Cobra runs, as in the first round, Byrd left before the tree activated. The pass looked clean and quick, but with no timeslip, we’ll have to wait for tomorrow to see what his ProLine Racing Engines-built 358-inch Vortech combo runs.

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Saul Walker II and his menacing tube-framed Fox secured the number one qualifier spot in Steeda Open Comp early on, with a perfect triple-zero reaction time. Even more impressive is that unlike a majority of the class, Walker footbrakes the car. You can’t get any better than perfect, and he did it first, which means there’s no knocking Walker off the pole.

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Defending champ Ben Mens is currently qualified mid-pack in Edelbrock Hot Street, taking the number four slot with an 8.94 at 151 mph. In hopes of dropping some ET, he and his crew are swapping out the ring and pinion in the nine-inch for tomorrow’s qualifying efforts.

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In a scenario we haven’t seen before, a pair of Wizards raced down the track side by side in DiabloSport EFI Renegade. Brian Mitchell was piloting his new-this-season car, Wizard II, while his engine builder, Dan Rawls, was behind the wheel of Wizard I. Rawls has strayed from their proven 310-inch blower combo, instead opting for an Induction Solutions giggle-gas-fed 360-inch combo. Rawls currently sits atop the ladder with an 8.64 at 159 mph. Mitchell is right behind him with an 8.77 at 158 mph.

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Finally, we’ll leave you with this photo of the prototype for the new Lynwood Dupuy collectable figurine. This will be a strictly limited edition, so be sure to preorder to avoid disappointment.

That’s it for today – Check back tomorrow for the final two rounds of qualifying and more delicious hickory-smoked Bits in the Pits!