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Fri, 2 Jun 2000, 01:10 PM

GRAND BEND - Pro Outlaw Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By Larry Sullivan

GRAND BEND, Ont. - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Pro Outlaw at the Inaugural Mopar Parts Canadian Nationals presented by Castrol listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, and position in order following run:

Left Lane: Jim Lamb Runs 6.767/170.16, Now #1
Right Lane: Scott Ray Runs 7.407/129.38, Now #2

12:26 AM Almost on schedule, here come the first of the Professional categories for their first shot at the Grand Bend Motorplex racing surface.

Lamb's car was backfiring, but it was Ray's car that started trailing black smoke and then there was a flash fire atop the engine - but no oil on the track.

Left Lane: Chris McClellan Runs 6.987/171.88, Now #2
Right Lane: Todd Avery No Time, Now #4

Avery left before the tree. McClellan fired the wild-looking altered down the left lane on a good first pass, but slowed on the top end.

Left Lane: Laurie Cannister Runs 6.160/222.22, Now #1
Right Lane: Dan Bandish Runs 6.214/222.44, Now #2

Laurie's car shook in this repeat of the Darlington final round and that was enough for Bandish to get to the finish line first - but this is only qualifying.

Left Lane: Mick Snyder Runs 6.139/220.85, Now #1
Right Lane: Mike Decker Runs 6.183/216.08, Now #3

Snyder is graduating this weekend - with a 3.85 grade point average! He'll miss the ceremony to race here - and he celebrates with a #1 spot on the ladder with a fine run.

Left Lane: Jeff Chatterson No Time, Now #10
Right Lane: Ed Lyons Runs 15.624/47.08, Now #8

Chatterson had problems getting the car out of the staging lanes, the engine not firing when his turn came, so Lyons ran solo. Lyons chattered the tires and danced all over the launch pad before giving it up.

Left Lane: Mark McElwee Runs 6.450/218.34, Now #5

McElwee is debuting a brand-new car here, a Y2K Spitzer. The chassis looked fine, but the engine trailed smoke from half-track on.

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