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Fri, 7 Jun 2002, 12:55 PM

Pro Stock Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By Larry Sullivan

GRAND BEND, Ont. - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Sunoco Race Fuels Pro Stock 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: Anthony Paone Runs 6.738/204.73, Now #1
Right Lane: Billy Huff Runs 9.517/88.67, Now #2

11:29 AM Something happened to Huff around the 330-foot mark because he slowed abruptly. Clean opening run for Paone. It's sunny and 70 degrees today, with high pressure dominating the weather forecasts.

Left Lane: Charlie Peppers Runs 6.591/209.83, Now #1
Right Lane: John Montecalvo Runs 6.592/208.42, Now #2

Wow! Undoubtedly a career-best run for Peppers, by about a tenth of a second. The run didn't look that good because he spotted Montecalvo a tenth and a half at the starting line.

Left Lane: Jason Collins No Time, Now #6
Right Lane: Dwayne Rice Runs 6.596/209.39, Now #3

Collins launched into severe shake and then the engine went silent. Nice pass by Rice, 6.59s a very popular number in this opening round.

Left Lane: Jeff Dobbins Runs 7.927/115.13, Now #6
Right Lane: Chris Holbrook Runs 6.596/209.59, Now #3

There was a big puff of black smoke from Dobbins' car at half track after a very soft launch.

Left Lane: Ron Miller Runs 6.632/208.67, Now #6
Right Lane: Carl Baker Runs 6.617/209.54, Now #5

Two clean runs...

Left Lane: Elijah Morton Runs 6.605/210.08, Now #5
Right Lane: Larry O'Brien Runs 6.706/206.65, Now #8

O'Brien was a tick or two slower at each incremental timer...

Left Lane: Rick Jones Runs 6.647/207.56, Now #8
Right Lane: Chuck DeMory Runs 7.299/180.97, Now #11

DeMory was slow off the line and never did come up to speed.

Left Lane: Tim Nabors Runs 6.640/207.13, Now #8
Right Lane: Wally Stroupe Runs 6.682/206.80, Now #10

Two clean runs, but well off the pace of the top cars in the field.

Left Lane: Brian Gahm Runs 6.565/211.61, Now #1
Right Lane: Steve Spiess Runs 6.662/207.80, Now #11

We have a new leader...Gahm resets both ends of the Grand Bend Pro Stock record book on a very nice run - previous holders Gene Wilson and John Konigshofer. It's also a season-best elapsed time for Gahm.

Left Lane: Doug Kirk Runs 6.586/210.52, Now #2
Right Lane: Frank Gugliotta Runs 7.315/150.50, Now #17

Nice run by Kirk, but he can't catch Gahm. Gugliotta was slow off the line and never did pick it up.

Left Lane: John Bartunek Runs 6.631/208.09, Now #9

Last car and Bartunek lands it right in the middle of the pack.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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