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Fri, 23 Jun 2006, 10:31 PM

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

EDMONTON, Alb. - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Alcohol Funny Car at the 2006 eMax Drag Racing Series, CARS RV & Marine & Motorsports Rocky Mountain Nationals presented by TORCO Racing Fuels 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: Scott McVey Runs 6.408/219.40, Now #10; Best prior run: 18.541/65.92, Was #13
Right Lane: Rob Atchison Runs 5.935/241.89, Now #1; Best prior run: 8.684/99.73, Was #12

8:02 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 78 degrees, relative humidity 30 percent, barometer 28.10 inches,adjusted altitude 3,540 feet, track temperature 93 degrees.

This may be a "night session," but the Sun won't set here for several hours. However, the Sun is low enough to allow the track to coll down and these cars apparently like the cooler track.

Two nice runs to open the session, Atchison doing a good job of staying off centerline.

Left Lane: Alan Tarapaski Runs 7.673/186.33, Now #13; Best prior run: 7.275/197.36, Was #13
Right Lane: John Evanchuk Runs 6.148/228.15, Now #7; Best prior run: 6.848/145.53, Was #12

Tarapaski shook on the launch. Evanchuk got a clean launch but ran out of steam on the top end.

Left Lane: Cal Tebb Runs 7.192/136.32, Now #12; Best prior run: 6.646/206.92, Was #12

Tebb was under power to just past half track, then the RPMs went up, then back down to silence.

Left Lane: Thomas Carter Runs 5.993/226.89, Now #6; Best prior run: 6.239/225.86, Was #9
Right Lane: Trevor Lebsack Runs 5.920/233.28, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.394/229.82, Was #10

Two good runs - Lebsack's is not a career-best, but it's close. Carter appeared to be closing the gap, but then he nipped a few pistons on the top end and his speed shows it.

Left Lane: Mark Thomas Runs 5.855/242.32, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.003/213.37, Was #7
Right Lane: Nathan Sitko Runs 6.144/223.84, Now #9; Best prior run: 6.184/223.21, Was #10

Looks like it was more than pistons, the track crew is rolling the oil cleanup equipment in the right lane.

8:24 p.m. They did a good job, Thomas reset the official IHRA national event track speed record on a pretty run, coming up just three hundredths short of Jim Sickles' 5.823 track ET record.

Left Lane: Kevin Therres Runs 5.998/232.47, Now #6; Best prior run: 5.993/232.35, Was #6
Right Lane: Roger Bateman Runs 6.020/233.28, Now #8; Best prior run: 6.050/231.75, Was #8

Therres is consistent, making his second nice pass of the event. Bateman is working on it, stays on the bubble.

Left Lane: Terry McMillen Runs 10.837/76.52, Now #5; Best prior run: 5.984/213.74, Was #5
Right Lane: Ken Kraus Runs 5.965/232.31, Now #4; Best prior run: 5.938/233.52, Was #4

McMillen shook and slowed early in the run. Nice pass by Kraus, but he could not match Thomas' pace.

That's it for now, Thomas leads the way at 5.855 and Roger Bateman is on the bump spot at 6.020.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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