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Sat, 24 Jun 2006, 10:51 PM

Nitro Funny Car Qualifying Notes, Final Session
By Larry Sullivan

EDMONTON, Alb. - Notes from final, round 3 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 this round, position in order following run, best prior elapsed time/speed, and position in order prior to run:
Left Lane: Jason Duchene Runs 6.982/137.37, Now #4; Best prior run: 31.572/22.46, Was #8
Right Lane: Mitch King Runs 12.945/71.04, Now #8; Best prior run: 19.995/48.06, Was #7

8:29 p.m. Nobody will get bumped, but these drivers need to run in this session in order to be paid on the "improved" purse structure - and those in the points chase get a five-point bonus for running tonight.

Both cars launched into tire shake. Both pedaled, then King shut it off and coasted through while Duchene blipped the throttle a couple more times. As silly as it sounds, those two extra blips put him in the top half of the field, in position to have the easiest matchup in round one if he can stay there (but don't bet on it).

Left Lane: Gary Cooper Runs 9.228/89.82, Now #7; Best prior run: 8.678/97.86, Was #6
Right Lane: David Benjamin Runs 6.147/148.18, Now #4; Best prior run: 9.258/86.96, Was #7

Benjamin was very late firing his engine, still under the tower when Cooper started backing up. He made a very short burnout and Cooper's crew did not appear bothered by the delay. Benjamin's crew did not raise the body and he staged promptly.

Cooper started smoking the tires almost immediately. benjamin's car started wandering around at half track and he shut it off to stay in his own lane. However, he was quick enough to jump into the number four spot, moving several drivers down a spot and he was now in position for the easiest first-round matchup.

Left Lane: Dale Creasy Jr. Runs 7.121/124.68, Now #6; Best prior run: 7.144/127.03, Was #6
Right Lane: Terry Haddock Runs 6.548/141.19, Now #2; Best prior run: 5.003/308.50, Was #2

Both cars left hard, both cars shook and bounced, both drivers lifted. No change and the bottom five spots on the ladder are set.

Left Lane: Jack Wyatt Runs 5.130/255.92, Now #3; Best prior run: 5.212/260.46, Was #3
Right Lane: Vincent Arcadi Runs 6.306/145.69, Now #1; Best prior run: 4.942/310.70, Was #1

Last two with a chance to be #1 - Arcadi was already there, Wyatt needed an IHRA career-best run to get there.

Wyatt ran it all the way through, stayed third. Arcadi left hard, his car started dancing around as he nneared half track, and he lifted, still #1.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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