Drag Racing Story of the Day!
Supercharged in Albuquerque
By Charlene Ruddock
Leon Ruddock launches off the line at Albuquerque, 2000.
Photo by Charlene Ruddock
Here is a quick race report of the supercharged event in Albuquerque
Qualifying in Albuquerque was as follows:
1 Lawren Jones 6.52 Albuquerque
2 Robert Kanenwisher 6.55 Denver
3 Leon Ruddock 6.59 El Paso
4 Rick Daniels 7.11 Albuquerque
5 Randy Drury 7.16
6 Lyle Greenburg 7.19 Albuquerque
7 Ken Davis 7.45 Albuquerque (Smokey Bear)
8 Joe Percoco 7.72
The times I have sent were the best of the two qualifying passes Saturday
night, most of which were the first pass of the day. Only two of the guys
bettered their first time. Percoco who ran a 9.09 first pass and Randy
Drury ran a 28.4 first pass. Sunday night's times were no good for
anyone except Lawren, who ran a 6.65. No one else could hold on to the
track. Leon coasted through after getting rather close to the wall, and I
am not sure what the time was, but at 77 mph, it was not a very good ET
either. All others did rather poorly as well, not quite so poorly in all
cases, but I did not write them down.
Leon Ruddock in the Pits at Albuquerque, 2000. Photo by Charlene Ruddock
The qualifying times were all the best times of the event due to the
rain that occurred just before eliminations were to start. That kept the
track from being any good for the rest of the evening. The racers decided
to just do a decent burn out and an eighth mile pass. They did not think
anyone could hang on to the track after that. Lawren Jones was able to
make a decent pass, but no one else did, so as decided before the final
pass, the racers split the purse eight ways and put on as much of a show
as they could for the spectators who lasted through the rain.
The only mph numbers I got were Lawren at 212 and Leon at 220;
unfortunately, they did not post the mph.
Anyway, that is mostly what happened in Albuquerque. Rick Daniels had
tire shake really bad and got pretty squirrelly and messed up his chassis.
Other than that, everyone else was in good shape as far as parts and
pieces. That is the really good news.