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Supercharged in Albuquerque

By Charlene Ruddock

Leon Ruddock launches off the line at Albuquerque, 2000. Photo 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 last weekend.

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
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.

Charlene Ruddock

 

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