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Sat, 24 Jun 2006, 12:09 AM

Top Fuel Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By Larry Sullivan

EDMONTON, Alb. - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Knoll Gas - Torco Racing Fuels Top Fuel 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: Keith Falconer Runs 7.971/208.33, Now #1
Right Lane: Ed Verenka Runs 25.286/49.23, Now #2

9:31 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 these cars are A/Fuelers, no blower. Verenka lost traction and then the engine went silent. Falconer's sounded like there was no clutch in it early, but he kept his foot in it and eventually the clutch came in.

Right Lane: Chris Karamesines Runs 7.080/125.46, Now #1

Last weekend Karamesines was in the seat of his famed Chizler dragster at the National Hot Rod Reunion at Bowling Green, taking part in the traditional "cacklefest" in the newly-restored slingshot dragster. This weekend, he battled tire spin and dropped cylinders, unsuccessfull pedaling in an attempt to regain traction, Instead, it dropped several cylinders and he lifted before it blew up.

Left Lane: Mitch King No Time, Now #5
Right Lane: Bruce Litton Runs 4.765/304.94, Now #1

King is doing double duty. However, his dragster let him down, the engine silent after a few feet. Litton dropped a cylinder early and still made a great opening run.

Left Lane: Bobby Lagana Jr. Runs 5.099/224.21, Now #3
Right Lane: Rick Cooper Runs 4.945/256.06, Now #2

Lagana was on a good run pass, 3.318 and 259.16 mph at half track, and Cooper was a tenth quicker, 3.307 at 253.71, but both cars ran out of engine before the 1,000-foot marker. Lagana's car left some oil in the shutdown area, so we'll have to wait a few minutes for the final pair. 9:45 p.m.

Left Lane: Doug Foley Runs 4.843/264.96, Now #3
Right Lane: Clay Millican Runs 4.639/303.64, Now #1

9:54 p.m. It's actually almost sunset and there isn't a cloud in sight - the track enough in the shade that the header flames from both cars were clearly visible all the way through the lights.

Millican's team has been struggling on the new tires, getting great 60-foot times, but fighting tire shake between 100 and 300 feet. Under almost perfect conditions tonight, they avoided the tire shake to take the #1 spot. Foley lost several hundredths to Millican in the first 60 feet, then stayed with him to almost half track, but slowed on the top end. Clay Millican's incremental times: 60ft-0.838 sec., 330ft-2.202, 660ft-3.146/269.94mph, 1,000ft-3.935. No track records, but that team should be all smiles after that run.

After one session, Millican leads the way and Ed Verenka is on the bump spot at 25.286.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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