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Sat, 3 Jun 2000, 01:40 PM

GRAND BEND - Mopar Pro Modified Qualifying Notes, Session #2
By Larry Sullivan





GRAND BEND, Ont. - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Mopar Pro Modified at the Inaugural Mopar Parts Canadian Nationals presented by Castrol 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: Mike Janis No Time, Now #28; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Alan Pittman No Time, Now #24; Best prior run: 23.068/30.11, Was #24

1:02 PM Janis shook and slowed early in the run. Pittman was on a good pass, but the car veered left and swapped lanes, taking out the 1,000-foot reflector block and stopping the timing lights in Janis' lane. No time for either car.

Left Lane: Billy Harper Runs 7.917/115.47, Now #16; Best prior run: 10.757/74.85, Was #21
Right Lane: Roy Wasko Runs 12.504/55.23, Now #2; Best prior run: 6.414/217.81, Was #2

Harper's teething problems with the new Viper continue, but it was Wasko who had the biggest problems, the car fishtailing violently on the launch, forcing Wasko to shut it down. Harper was on a pretty good looking run, but slowed on the top end and made it in on the bump spot.-

Left Lane: Ed Wasserbeck No Time, Now #17; Best prior run: 8.150/124.44, Was #17
Right Lane: Shannon Jenkins Runs 9.285/90.75, Now #13; Best prior run: 6.551/218.39, Was #13

Wasserbeck's car broke at the line. Jenkins launched into a big wheelie, bounced the front end a couple times, and gave it up.

Left Lane: Fred Hahn No Time, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.279/221.45, Was #1
Right Lane: Larry Sinke Runs 6.344/218.12, Now #2; No Prior Run

Hahn buried the field yesterday, but his Corvette left a trail of liquid on the burnout and he shut it off this time around. Sinke went from the outhouse to the second spot on a very loose run, the car fighting him all the way after a wheels-up launch.

Left Lane: Al Hinds Runs 7.720/157.06, Now #16; Best prior run: 7.772/179.39, Was #16
Right Lane: Ed Hoover Runs 6.434/218.49, Now #6; Best prior run: 6.468/218.49, Was #9

Hinds' car was very sluggish from the start. Hoover made a good run, clean and straight.

Left Lane: Steve Cossis Runs 6.433/216.76, Now #5; Best prior run: 6.429/216.60, Was #5
Right Lane: Mike Castellana Runs 10.505/72.06, Now #20; Best prior run: 10.602/77.19, Was #20

Cossis black-tracked all the way from the starting line to the finish line, the car leaving a very crooked twin set of black streaks all the way. Castellana shut it off early, the problem not apparent from here.

Left Lane: Mitch Stott Runs 6.619/185.98, Now #12; Best prior run: 6.513/214.33, Was #12
Right Lane: Tommy Gray Runs 12.119/58.66, Now #10; Best prior run: 6.478/210.32, Was #10

Gray launched with the wheels up and carried them for 200 feet before calling it quits, the rear tires chattering. Stott's run was typical of this session, snaking down the left lane.

Left Lane: Al Billes Runs 6.377/222.60, Now #4; Best prior run: 6.479/219.88, Was #11
Right Lane: Troy Critchley Runs 6.362/212.81, Now #3; Best prior run: 10.659/79.90, Was #21

An Aussie and a Canadian were paired up here and they put on a good side-by-side show for the fans, Crutchley sacrificing an engine in the lights to get the "Iron Horse" '49 Mercury into the field for the first time this year.

Left Lane: Carl Spiering Runs 6.358/214.08, Now #3; Best prior run: 6.438/218.55, Was #9
Right Lane: Steve Vick Runs 8.870/95.17, Now #20; Best prior run: 10.685/79.21, Was #22

Vick was all over the right lane before lifting. Spiering waited a couple seconds, then pulled the trigger and stormed down the left lane on a relatively straight run to vault into the top half of the field.

Left Lane: Kevin O'Dell Runs 19.437/37.67, Now #23; Best prior run: 14.240/36.32, Was #23
Right Lane: Tim McAmis Runs 11.292/73.14, Now #11; Best prior run: 6.454/216.76, Was #11

Two aborted passes here, O'Dell shaking very hard on the launch and McAmis shaking in the first 100 feet.

Left Lane: Dale Brinsfield Runs 11.469/70.58, Now #14; Best prior run: 6.517/215.77, Was #14
Right Lane: Ronnie Hood Runs 6.404/217.44, Now #6; Best prior run: 6.426/218.71, Was #7

Brinsfield had the front wheels up and the rear tires chattering, so shut it off quickly. Hood was on a clean pass until the 1,000 foot mark, where the car made a hard move toward the wall. He drove through it to save the run.

Left Lane: Quain Stott Runs 6.523/218.49, Now #10; Best prior run: 6.446/218.23, Was #10
Right Lane: Chris Cline Runs 9.199/85.82, Now #16; Best prior run: 6.563/210.37, Was #16

Cline had the front wheels up and the rear tires chattering...Stott made a clean pass, but off his earlier pace a bit.

Left Lane: Matt Tolbert No Time, Now #24; Best prior run: 17.832/53.48, Was #24
Right Lane: Harold Martin Runs 8.916/119.76, Now #21; Best prior run: 9.828/112.90, Was #21

Tolbert overstaged the car and lost the run. Martin launched into a big wheelie, the car up on one back tire. He pedaled it, got the wheels up again, and called it off.

Left Lane: Pat Moore Runs 9.053/99.48, Now #22; No Prior Run

Moore ended the session with a run typical of many, the car spinning the rear tires and fishtailing violently until he pulled the plug.




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