Mar 6, 2003
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Copyright 2003, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.<BR><BR>By David Swarts<BR><BR>Attack Suzuki's Jason Pridmore took pole position for Friday's Genuine Suzuki Accessories Superstock final with a new lap record time of 1:51.567 on his Dunlop-equipped GSX-R750. <BR><BR>"I just did what I knew I could do," said 1997 AMA 750cc Supersport Champion Pridmore. "The team's done a great job. Dunlop had a great tire. That fast lap was still on a race tire, so I'm pretty happy with it. <BR><BR>"The first tire - that I did some low-1:52s on - is my race tire, dual-compound. We just tried a single compound to see how it would work, because I haven't had a lot of time on the bike. Once we had the 1:52.4 to start with, I thought, well, maybe we can put a soft one on and go out there and run it around. I'm pretty happy right now, happy for the team."<BR><BR>Barden Bearings/Woodcraft's Eric Wood came up just short of his first-ever AMA pole position with the fastest time from the even-numbered session but only the second-fastest time overall at 1:52.613. <BR><BR>Kawasaki's Tommy Hayden caught a terrific tow off Pridmore's teammate Josh Hayes, and put his 636cc ZX-6R third on the front row with a 1:52.633. Arclight Suzuki's Lee Acree took advantage of Team Valvoline EMGO Suzuki's' Steve Rapp's aerodynamic wake in a similar manner to put his Pirelli-equipped GSX-R750 on the front row with a 1:52.790.<BR><BR>Rapp, the former Daytona Superstock lap record holder (1:52.427), just missed the front row with a 1:52.869 on his Michelin-shod machine. Hayes was sixth-fastest at 1:52.882. Hooters Suzuki's Mike Ciccotto was seventh-fastest with a 1:53.035, and two-time defending AMA Superstock Champion Jimmy Moore will start the 15-lap final from the outside of row two.<BR><BR>The 20-minute, even-numbered Superstock qualifying session was stopped at approximately the 11-minute mark when Rapp's teammate Chris Ulrich got into the chicane too hot while drafting another rider, tucked the front and crashed heavily. Ulrich was slow to get up but was checked and released from the Infield Care Center relatively free from injury.<BR><BR><BR><BR>Provisional AMA Superstock Qualifying Results (all on Suzuki GSX-R750 unless noted):<BR><BR>1. Jason Pridmore, 1:51.567<BR>2. Eric Wood, 1:52.633<BR>3. Tommy Hayden, Kawasaki ZX-6R, 1:52.633<BR>4. Lee Acree, 1:52.790<BR>5. Steve Rapp, 1:52.869<BR>6. Josh Hayes, 1:52.882<BR>7. Mike Ciccotto, 1:53.035<BR>8. Jimmy Moore, 1:53.184<BR>9. Vincent Haskovec, 1:53.433<BR>10. Adam Fergusson, 1:53.576<BR>11. Tony Meiring, Kawasaki ZX-6R, 1:53.663<BR>12. Damon Buckmaster, Yamaha YZF-R6, 1:53.938<BR>13. Scott Greenwood, 1:54.200<BR>14. Jordan Szoke, 1:54.207<BR>15. Matt Furtek, 1:54.220<BR>16. Chris Ulrich, 1:54.259<BR>17. Chris Caylor, 1:54.477<BR>18. John Dugan, 1:55.066<BR>19. Brian Stokes, 1:55.112<BR>20. Michael Hannas, 1:55.230<BR>21. Matt Wait, Yamaha YZF-R6, 1:55.445<BR>22. John Haner, 1:55.933<BR>23. Hawk Mazzotta, 1:56.250<BR>24. Andrew Nelson, Honda CBR600RR, 1:56.261<BR>25. Jake Holden, 1:56.505<BR>26. Ty Howard, Honda CBR600RR, 1:56.600<BR>27. Rich Conicelli, 1:56.675<BR>28. Scott Harwell, 1:56.732<BR>29. Jason Peters, 1:56.896<BR>30. J.J. Roetlin, 1:57.015<BR>31. Greg Moore, 1:57.041<BR>32. Kevin Pate, 1:57.356<BR>33. Chris Peris, Honda CBR600F4i, 1:57.360<BR>34. Justin Blake, 1:58.078<BR>35. C.R. Gittere, 1:58.300<BR>36. Thad Halsmer, Yamaha YZF-R6, 1:58.392<BR>37. Owen Weichel, Kawasaki ZX-6RR, 1:58.546<BR>38. David Estok, Buell Firebolt XB9R, 1:58.770<BR>39. Darrin Mitchell, Suzuki GSX-R600, 2:00.718<BR>40. Eric Haugo, 2:00.787<BR>41. Crash Chris Lowe, 2:01.745<BR>42. Paul Vitale, 2:02.017<BR>43. Ottis Lance, Moto Guzzi 1000, 2:02.313<BR>44. Tom Wertman, 2:02.406<BR>45. Michael Hanley, 2:03.041<BR>46. Michael McAllister, Yamaha YZF-R6, 2:03.078<BR>47. Thomas Fournier, Ducati 996, 2:03.139<BR>48. S. David Alley, 2:03.561<BR>49. James Kerker, Honda CBR600, 2:03.800<BR><BR>112% of fast time: 2:04.955<BR><BR>50. Jessica Zalusky, 2:14.853<BR>