View Full Version : Bits in the Pits - Friday

10-04-2008, 06:35 AM
What do you get when you combine what might be the tackiest track we’ve seen all year with cool, dry air? Lots of broken parts and scraped bumpers…
Of course, some of the damage can’t be blamed on conditions. DiabloSport EFI Renegade racer Scott Lovell started losing coolant about 60 feet out during a hit in test & tune, and put the front-right fender of his car (Bob Cook’s, actually – Lovell was tapped by Cook earlier in the season to take the wheel while Cook pilots the Sutton S197) into the wall. The good news is that Lovell is fine, and as of late Friday night, he was reporting that the car is straight from the strut towers back, and the team thinks they can get the car patched up and back into action in time for Saturday’s quals.
Believe it or not, he kept it off the wall…
Just to give you an indication of how good the track is here at Beech Bend Raceway this weekend, we had not one, but two racers eclipse the ET record in Tremec Pure Street, and we’re only through the first round of Qualifying. Ryan Hecox stormed to an incredible 10.182 at 130.73 MPH, while Rocky Mason was hot on his heels, running a 10.228 at 131.16 MPH. There are ten Pure Street cars on the property, and we can only imagine what’s in store for us on Saturday.
In another shocker, Bob Kurgan currently sits atop the qualifying ladder in BFGoodrich Tires Drag Radial. Kurgan clicked off an insane 8.06 at 171.51 MPH, showing just how hard he’s been working on his combination this season. Champion John Kolivas is second on the ladder with an 8.15, while Tony Akins sits third, just a tick behind at 8.16. With twelve radial cars here in Bowling Green, a number of whom didn’t even make full passes, Saturday should be a doozy!
Speaking of Drag Radial, Joey Bridge is locked in a tough battle with Tony Akins to see who will be carrying the number two on their windshield next year, but this weekend he’s battling against transmission problems as well. After the test & tune session, Bridge was under the car swapping back to their older ‘Glide and converter, looking for a better run in the first round of qualifying. Unfortunately, he didn’t find it, and he’s got nowhere to go in the field but up on Saturday.
It’s going to come down to the wire in ProCharger Super Street Outlaw. Currently, John Urist is at the top of the ladder with a 7.423 at 191.10 MPH. AJ Powell’s 7.426 landed him in second place. Now, here’s where it gets interesting. While Urist is in the points lead, Powell can still take home the championship if a very specific scenario takes place. Powell needs to re-set the SSO record (currently at 7.382) and go on to win the race, while Urist would need to be eliminated in the first round. Will it happen? Stay tuned to www.1320go.com/promedia and you’ll be able to find out!
We’ll leave you for today with this shot of Don Burton’s big-block nitrous car making his first hit in qualifying, with the candles lit all the way down the strip. He’s currently in third in SSO qualifying with a 7.54.

That’s it for Friday – Check in all weekend for more Bits in the Pits!