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Fri, 7 Jun 2002, 01:27 PM

Funny Car Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By Larry Sullivan

GRAND BEND, Ont. - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Funny Car at the Hooters IHRA Drag Racing Series, 3rd annual Mopar Performance Parts Canadian Nationals presented by Castrol listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, and position in order following run:

Left Lane: Jimmy Rector Runs 5.840/240.19, Now #1
Right Lane: Rob Atchison Runs 5.928/234.13, Now #2

11:57 AM Rector picks up where he left off in Virginia, eradicating John Vouros' track elapsed time record on his first pass and coming up just short of Mark Thomas' 240.38 track speed record. Nice pass by Atchison in front of his home-town crowd, but it paled by comparison.

Left Lane: Adam Szeler No Time, Now #4
Right Lane: Wayne Butler Runs 6.312/219.35, Now #3

Szeler left before the tree was activated. Clean run by Butler

Left Lane: Ronnie Midyette Runs 5.944/220.75, Now #3
Right Lane: Mike Comella Runs 6.521/159.48, Now #5

Nice run by Midyette. Comella was right with him to half track, then Comella's car started falling back and he shut it down.

Left Lane: Paul Noakes Runs 11.020/74.02, Now #7
Right Lane: Lance Van Hauen Runs 7.203/209.79, Now #6

Noakes shook very hard and then the engine went silent. Van Hauen spun the tires hard, pedaled, spun, and then got it hooked up to complete the run.

Left Lane: Terry McMillen Runs 5.984/236.90, Now #4
Right Lane: Dan Crownhart Runs 12.413/69.48, Now #9

Crownhart chattered the tires hard on the launch and clicked it off. McMillen had light shake, his tire tracks showing a pair of "dotted lines" and he drove through it nicely.

Left Lane: Laurie Cannister Runs 5.937/241.02, Now #3
Right Lane: Dale Brand Runs 6.013/236.22, Now #6

Brand was strong early in the run, then fell off the pace a bit, while Cannister left softly and then came on hard on the top end.

Left Lane: Mark Thomas Runs 6.523/153.06, Now #10
Right Lane: Chris Foster Runs 6.059/234.68, Now #7

Thomas was ahead of Rector's pace at 330 feet, then appeared to lose the blower belt around half track, with lots of raw fuel from the pipes. Clean pass for Foster.

Left Lane: Mike Etter Runs 6.546/231.12, Now #12
Right Lane: John Vouros Runs 5.974/229.88, Now #5

Etter got out of the groove, to the left and very close to the wall just past half track. Nice pass by Vouros, but he was not close to taking his track elapsed time record back from Rector.

Left Lane: Russell Mudd Runs 8.559/105.31, Now #15
Right Lane: Jeff Lancaster Runs 6.513/219.19, Now #10

Mudd was slow off the line and slowed before half track. Lancaster was off pace from the start, but stayed with it through the lights.

Left Lane: Larry Dobbs Runs 9.597/76.73, Now #16

Last car...Dobbs shook on the launch and then the RPMs went up and he shut it off.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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