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Sun, 4 Jun 2006, 12:59 PM

Nitro Funny Car Round 1 Eliminations
By Larry Sullivan





GRAND BEND, Ont. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Knoll Gas - Torco Racing Fuels Nitro Funny Car 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
        Bye                                 302 Dale Creasy Jr.              
E1                                            ****WINNER****  0.130  6.267 146.67
 Qualified:                                                       #1  4.870 306.01
12:20 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 72 degrees, relative humidity 57 percent, barometer 29.53 inches,adjusted altitude 1,579 feet, track temperature 105 degrees.

Since IHRA rules require the car to reach the finish line to count the run, we ended up with a short field and "Peanut" gets a bye run to the semifinals.

He was lucky to be on a solo pass, the car starting to spin the tires at half track, then making a hard right turn. Creasy handled it well, shutting down and getting the car tamed down without crossing the centerline.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  517 Gary Cooper                           206 Bob Gilbertson               
E1                   0.119  9.232  80.50     ****WINNER****  0.104  5.466 264.47
 Qualified:             #4  5.552 210.13                        #7  7.658 122.74
Both cars had traction problems early, Cooper heading over toward the wall. Gilbertson kept it headed straight, pedaled, then "black-tracked" the rest of the way to the line. It wasn't pretty, but there are no style points in drag racing.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  116 Paul Lee                             1429 Vincent Arcadi               
E1   ****WINNER****  0.122  6.015 160.77                     0.114  6.993 127.49
 Qualified:             #2  4.955 300.30                        #5  6.063 154.03
Both cars looked good for about 300 feet, then both started spinning the tires, then Arcadi's car popped the blower, the hood hatch sailing high in the air. Lee pedaled and finished the run under power, but lost lane choice to Gilbertson in the semifinals.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   34 Jack Wyatt                            121 Terry Haddock                
E1                   0.128  5.858 159.09     ****WINNER****  0.133  5.221 262.62
 Qualified:             #6  6.397 175.81                        #3  5.482 201.47
Wyatt towed the chute half-way down the track on his only qualifying attempt, so we had no clue what his car could do. Haddock took two shots, had problems on both.

Both cars looked good to around half track, then Wyatt started smoking the tires and he]ad the chutes out early. Haddock ran well on the top end after pedaling to me the tire spin down. He will have lane choice against Creasy in the semifinals.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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