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Fri, 2 Jun 2000, 03:44 PM

GRAND BEND - Top Fuel Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By Larry Sullivan

GRAND BEND, Ont. - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Top Fuel 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: Louie Allison Runs 5.258/229.18, Now #1
Right Lane: Roger Dean Runs 7.072/132.48, Now #2

2:46 PM Allison's car drifted right and skirted the centerline from 330 feet on. Dean's car had an engine explosion at 330 feet, but there was no oildown and no penalty.

Left Lane: Shirley Muldowney Runs 4.785/309.38, Now #1
Right Lane: Doug Foxworth Runs 5.002/291.82, Now #2

Any doubts about this track were answered when Shirley made her opening pass, and the run was far from perfect, the car veering toward the wall and back again from half track to the finish line. Her run is more than one mph faster than the current World speed record. Shirley's driving skills apparently haven't diminished because her car was way left of the groove and she steered it smoothly back without lifting.

Left Lane: Clay Millican Runs 4.793/298.21, Now #2
Right Lane: Jim Head Runs 8.029/94.70, Now #6

Millican made a smooth run, with a little tire spin on the top end. Head lost traction about 100 feet out and tried to drive out of it, the car fishtailing wildly as he pedaled and steered. He stayed in his own lane and off the walls, but there will be no mosquitoes around here tonight!

Left Lane: Jim Bailey Runs 4.905/290.51, Now #4
Right Lane: Paul Romine Runs 4.769/307.58, Now #1

Two good runs, side-by-side most of the way down the track. Romine misses his season-best ET by 0.001 seconds and runs his best speed of the year to take over the top rung of the ladder.

Right Lane: Bruce Litton Runs 4.966/247.59, Now #5

This looked like a good run for the first 660 feet, then the engine RPMs came up and the engine let go in a flash of flame, the engine continuing to burn as he slowed and pulled off the top end. There's oil on the top end of the track, so the run does not count and Litton loses 10 championship points.

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