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Fri, 2 Jun 2006, 06:21 PM

Pro Modified Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By Larry Sullivan

GRAND BEND, Ont. - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Torco Race Fuels Pro Modified at the 2006 eMax Drag Racing Series, Mopar Canadian Nationals presented by Castrol listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, and position in order following run:
Left Lane: Mike Stawicki Runs 13.557/59.05, Now #2
Right Lane: Tony Pontieri Runs 6.294/221.07, Now #1

5:47 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 70 degrees, relative humidity 50 percent, barometer 29.49 inches,adjusted altitude 1,434 feet, track temperature 81 degrees.

The existing track marks in Pro Modified are Mitch Stott's 6.145 and Al Billes' 233.08.

Stawicki has abandoned his traditional 500-inch Pro Stock Chevy block for a 426 Chrysler Hemi engine. Tire shake ended his first run almost as soon as it began. Pontieri navigated his good-looking '57 Bel Air to a good result, right down the groove.

Left Lane: Roy Wasko Runs 6.293/222.77, Now #2
Right Lane: Eddie Ware Runs 6.273/222.44, Now #1

Two good runs, both eclipsing Pontieri's result.

Left Lane: David Roemer Runs 6.204/224.83, Now #1

Roemer made a nice run, clean and straight - he was running 181.52 mph at half track and took 4.031 seconds to get to the top spot - for now, anyway.

Left Lane: Dennis Radford Runs 6.251/222.66, Now #3
Right Lane: Steve Bareman Runs 6.161/234.37, Now #1

Bareman ran down the right side of the groove most of the way down the track, resetting the track speed record and not far off the World 236.46 mph record he already holds. Radford made a nice run, but did not have the ponies to keep up with bareman.

Left Lane: Charles Carpenter Runs 13.388/73.16, Now #8
Right Lane: Billy Harper Runs 6.341/222.44, Now #7

Carpenter shook hard and headed for the wall. So did Harper, but he pedaled and continued.

Left Lane: Harold Martin Runs 7.224/141.22, Now #8
Right Lane: Shannon Jenkins Runs 16.033/55.63, Now #11

Jenkins shook hard and lifted. Martin had a strong start, then shook and finally gave it up on the top half of the track.

Right Lane: Ed Hoover Runs 6.255/222.71, Now #4

Hoover and the Trussel Brothers unveiled their new ride, a "brand new" (never raced) '63 Corvette built by All Billes at G-Force. It is gorgeous, a very classy-looking paint scheme that's definitely in the running for "Best Appearing."

Not bad for a first run, the car was a bit loose early in the run and he may have shut it down early.

Left Lane: Mike Lockwood Runs 6.332/220.80, Now #9
Right Lane: Jason Hamstra Runs 6.244/228.07, Now #3

There was a brief flash of flame from Lockwood's car in the lights after a pretty good-looking run. Nineteen-year-old Hamstra made a nice run for his opening pass.

Left Lane: Steve Vick Runs 11.290/83.89, Now #13
Right Lane: Scott Cannon Runs 9.085/94.35, Now #12

There was a call on the radio earlier today, asking if there were any tickets at Will-Call for "Scotty Cannonball," the credentials worker apparently reading the side of the transporter and unfamiliar with Pro Mod legend Scotty Cannon.

Both cars shook and slowed early.

Left Lane: Kenny Lang Runs 6.290/202.52, Now #8
Right Lane: Alan Pittman Runs 6.217/227.56, Now #3

Pittman's Bel Air is now painted, "police-attention red" instead of "stealth black." He made a nice run, one they should be able to tune from. Lang was slower than Pittman early in the run, fighting some early shake, but matched Pittman to 1,000 feet before slowing abruptly, the reason not clear from here.

Left Lane: Burton Auxier Runs 6.227/223.15, Now #4

Nice pass by Auxier to stake out an early spot in the field.

Left Lane: Mike Castellana Runs 6.421/221.34, Now #15
Right Lane: Chip King Runs 6.370/218.02, Now #14

Both runs started well, but both fell off the pace in the middle of the run, out of the groove.

Left Lane: Dan Rowe No Time, Now #24
Right Lane: Mike Janis Runs 6.178/230.47, Now #2

Rowe's car got very sideways in the middle of the run and he briefly crossed the centerline. Nice run by Janis, clean and straight and quick.

Left Lane: Rick Distefano Runs 8.143/101.08, Now #19
Right Lane: Carl Spiering Runs 6.211/229.88, Now #4

Distefano's car started following Rowe's tire tracks and he lifted. Nice run by Spiering, a good run by the Canadian driver in front of his home-town fans.

Left Lane: Quain Stott Runs 6.157/231.54, Now #1
Right Lane: Jim Halsey Runs 6.222/227.21, Now #7

Nice runs in both lanes, Stott claiming the top spot and Halsey in the top half (for now).

Left Lane: Glen Kerunsky Runs 6.198/229.41, Now #5
Right Lane: Tommy D'Aprile Runs 6.084/235.10, Now #1

Last pair. D'Aprile knocked his car owner off the top spot with a great-looking run, resetting both ends of the track record in the process.

After one session it's D'Aprile atop the list and Roy Wasko is on the bump spot at 6.293.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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