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Sat, 3 Jun 2006, 04:35 PM

Nitro Funny Car Qualifying Notes, Session #2
By Larry Sullivan





GRAND BEND, Ont. - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Knoll Gas - Torco Racing Fuels Nitro Funny Car at the 2006 eMax Drag Racing Series, Mopar Canadian Nationals presented by Castrol listing lane, driver name, elapsed time/top speed this round, position in order following run, best prior elapsed time/speed, and position in order prior to run:
Left Lane: Jack Wyatt Runs 6.397/175.81, Now #5; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Smax Smith No Time, Now #8; No Prior Run

4:11 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 68 degrees, relative humidity 56 percent, barometer 29.46 inches,adjusted altitude 1,404 feet, track temperature 94 degrees.

Field not filled, no bump spot.

Wyatt shook, got sideways, pedaled, the chute came out, and he towed it the rest of the way. It wasn't pretty, but it got him into the field for now. Smith, who was the European Top Fuel champion in 2003, hit the throttle and the car gave up the ghost, the engine going silent. He coasted down the track, stopping short of the finish line. Since he didn't reach the finish line, the run won't count and he has one more shot at the field for eliminations.


Right Lane: Vicky Fanning No Time, Now #10; No Prior Run

This will be Fanning's first run in IHRA competition. Well, if the car made it to the starting line, it would have been - the car made a very rough burnout, then stopped and would not go into reverse - or forward. Finally Brent Fanning signaled her to shut it off.

Left Lane: Gary Cooper Runs 5.552/210.13, Now #4; Best prior run: 12.916/75.59, Was #7
Right Lane: Bob Gilbertson Runs 7.658/122.74, Now #7; Best prior run: 9.511/100.04, Was #6

Gilbertson launched, started to smoke the tires, pedaled, and shook, possibly getting all four wheels in the air at once. Cooper made a good run to about 1,000 feet, then the car made a move toward the wall and he shut it down, putting the chutes out.

Right Lane: Terry Haddock Runs 5.840/172.14, Now #3; Best prior run: 5.482/201.47, Was #3

This was a nice-looking run to about half track, then the car started moving around and he shut it off.

Left Lane: Paul Lee Runs 4.955/300.30, Now #2; Best prior run: 5.072/301.70, Was #2
Right Lane: Dale Creasy Jr. Runs 10.245/92.71, Now #1; Best prior run: 4.870/306.01, Was #1

Creasy went into tire shake early in his run and had to lift. Lee went right down the groove and made it two cars in the fours so far, just over 300 mph.

With one session left, Creasy stays atop the list and there are just seven cars qualified for the field.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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