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Fri, 23 Jun 2006, 11:33 PM

Nitro Funny Car Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By Larry Sullivan

EDMONTON, Alb. - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Knoll Gas - Torco Racing Fuels Nitro 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, and position in order following run:
Left Lane: David Benjamin Runs 9.258/86.96, Now #1
Right Lane: Jason Duchene Runs 31.572/22.46, Now #2

9:11 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.

Both cars had problems with traction, Benjamin lifting about 200 feet out. Duchene did something rarely seen - his car shook and the engine died, the header flames completely out and the engine silent. But he left it in gear, pumping raw fuel out of the headers. Then, as it silently slowed, the engine suddenly refired and he drove it to the other end of the track.

Left Lane: Mitch King Runs 19.995/48.06, Now #2

King instantly lost traction, the rear of the car jumping straight up, and he shut it off, coasting through.

Right Lane: Gary Cooper Runs 8.678/97.86, Now #1

By the way, the Funny Car track records here are held by Gordie Bonin, who ran 5.106 seconds and 286.35 mph here in August, 1996. Bonin is supposed to be here this weekend and one of the Pro Nostalgia cars running here this weekend is a replica of Bonin's '77 Firebird.

Cooper's car backfired a few times when the were trying to start it, but it finally fired and the team appeared unconcerned. They were a little more concerned when Cooper lost traction, the car making a hard right turn. He pedaled, it tried to do the same thing, and he shut it off.

Left Lane: Terry Haddock Runs 5.003/308.50, Now #1
Right Lane: Jack Wyatt Runs 6.243/163.61, Now #2

Finally somebody broke Bonin's decade-old record! Wyatt lost traction after a promising start, but Haddock went right down the groove, bringing the crowd to their feet, cheering.

Left Lane: Vincent Arcadi Runs 4.942/310.70, Now #1
Right Lane: Dale Creasy Jr. Runs 7.590/120.08, Now #4

THis was exciting! Creasy's car shook and made a hard left turn, almost crossing the centerline. Arcadi waited almosta quarter-second after Creasy launched before pulling the trigger on his car and had a very good look at Creasy, but never lifted. In fact, he stayed with it all the way through the lights, even though the car was getting close to the wall on the top end. When he lifted, the car made a hard move to the left, bouncing off the wall - but neither driver did anything to disqualify their run, so both runs count and Arcadi is the new track record holder, both ends of it.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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