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Sun, 4 Jun 2006, 11:31 AM

Pro Stock Round 1 Eliminations
By Larry Sullivan





GRAND BEND, Ont. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Knoll Gas - Torco Pro Stock at the 2006 eMax Drag Racing Series, Mopar Canadian Nationals presented by Castrol:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   12 Elijah Morton                           1 Steve Spiess                 
E1   ****WINNER****  0.045  6.952 175.19                    -0.028 12.418  88.38
 Qualified:            #16  6.479 214.59                        #8  6.424 216.19
11:00 a.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 71 degrees, relative humidity 61 percent, barometer 29.54 inches,adjusted altitude 1,493 feet, track temperature 86 degrees.

Spiess was way early and Morton took the scenic route to the finish line, all over the lane.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   24 Michael Bruno                         163 Rob Mansfield                
E1                   0.161  6.474 216.19     ****WINNER****  0.083  6.445 216.13
 Qualified:            #15  6.460 216.76                        #7  6.424 216.34
Bruno also took a crooked path to the finish line, but it was his late start that did him in. Mansfield went right down the groove.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  171 Larry O'Brien                         251 Cary Goforth                 
E1                   0.059  6.461 214.59     ****WINNER****  0.033  6.429 216.97
 Qualified:            #14  6.458 215.51                        #6  6.423 215.25
Rookie Goforth was still looking for his first career round win and got it with a fine light and a strong run. O'Brien launched very hard, posting a 0.985 60-foot time, but Goforth led all the way and won going away.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    8 John Montecalvo                       777 John Nobile                  
E1                  -0.019  6.475 215.46     ****WINNER****  0.070  6.443 217.60
 Qualified:            #13  6.456 215.31                        #5  6.423 217.33
Both cars made major moves toward the centerline, both drivers smoothly brought them back to the groove. However, Montecalvo started too soon and Nobile got the win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   42 John Bartunek                           7 Pete Berner                  
E1                   0.044  6.439 217.12     ****WINNER****  0.030  6.410 216.86
 Qualified:            #12  6.451 217.91                        #4  6.420 216.45
Now we start pairing them up for round two.

Great drag race, but Berner had a slightly better light and improved over his qualifying effort. He had the quickest 60-foot time of the round, too, a 0.982 and low ET of the round so far. Pete Berner's incremental margins: 60ft(0.034), 330 ft(0.042), 660ft(0.043), 1,000ft(0.044). MOV: 0.0431 seconds (approximately 14 feet). He will have lane choice against Morton in round two.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  381 Jerry Haas                              3 Robert Patrick               
E1                   0.121  6.447 215.56     ****WINNER****  0.093  6.390 217.23
 Qualified:            #11  6.449 215.87                        #3  6.409 217.02
Both were slow off the line and Patrick was first into the thirties today for the win. He will have lane choice against Mansfield in the quarterfinals.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    4 Rick Jones                            759 Jeff Dobbins                 
E1                   0.044 12.734  91.47     ****WINNER****  0.052  6.465 217.23
 Qualified:            #10  6.441 216.29                        #2  6.402 218.28
Jones launched into severe tire shake and Dobbins had an easy time of it. However, he lost lane choice to Goforth.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    6 Tony Gillig                             2 Frank Gugliotta              
E1   ****WINNER****  0.065  6.420 216.81                     0.104  6.412 218.39
 Qualified:             #9  6.425 216.55                        #1  6.393 218.28
On a holeshot, Gillig pulled off the upset despite making a crooked, out-of-the-groove run all the way down the track. Gillig posted an astounding set of numbers given the wayward run and will have lane choice against Nobile next round. Tony Gillig's incremental margins: 60ft(0.049), 330 ft(0.045), 660ft(0.040), 1,000ft(0.035). MOV: 0.0312 seconds (approximately 10 feet).

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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