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Sat, 3 Jun 2000, 01:18 PM

GRAND BEND - Funny Car Qualifying Notes, Session #2
By Debi Shepard

GRAND BEND, Ont. - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Funny Car 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: Jim Lape Runs 6.881/145.65, Now #5; Best prior run: 6.011/233.82, Was #5
Right Lane: Doug Weaver No Time, Now #24; No Prior Run

12:17 PM Weaver broke on the burnout, Lape lost a blower belt at half track.,

Left Lane: Russel Mudd Runs 8.967/86.19, Now #21; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Santo Volpe Runs 16.730/43.80, Now #19; Best prior run: 6.657/220.69, Was #19

Mudd gets all over the track, including right down the centerline, taking out the timing reflectors at mid track. Volpe has tire shake just past the tree, and shuts it off.

Left Lane: Andy Kelley Runs 6.191/206.51, Now #11; Best prior run: 6.279/221.02, Was #12
Right Lane: Gary Rettell Runs 11.590/67.52, Now #14; Best prior run: 6.322/213.82, Was #14

Rettell launches hard, picking up the front end about 2 feet before settling it down and shutting off. Kelley on a decent pass, just a little bit of a wiggle on top end.

Left Lane: Rob Atchison Runs 5.998/232.79, Now #4; Best prior run: 6.067/232.43, Was #7
Right Lane: Herb Rodgers Runs 6.059/229.70, Now #8; No Prior Run

Nice side-by-side passes from both drivers.

Left Lane: Dale Brand Runs 6.068/232.25, Now #10; Best prior run: 6.243/188.32, Was #13
Right Lane: Chris Hunt Runs 6.096/228.13, Now #11; No Prior Run

Brand wrestles the car down the track, Hunt shook the tires hard right from the get go.

Left Lane: Jeff Lancaster Runs 6.731/209.59, Now #22; Best prior run: 6.975/158.11, Was #22
Right Lane: Paul Zgoda Runs 8.666/104.73, Now #19; Best prior run: 6.516/217.65, Was #19

Zgoda has those photographers scrambling back from the guardrail, as he executes a snake dance toward them.

Left Lane: Monty Todd Runs 13.767/56.74, Now #3; Best prior run: 5.986/231.54, Was #3
Right Lane: Jimmy Rector Runs 12.498/60.00, Now #1; Best prior run: 5.955/235.84, Was #1

Shake, shake, shake and they both click it off at about the same time.

Left Lane: Billy Gibson Runs 5.987/237.78, Now #4; Best prior run: 6.010/236.03, Was #5
Right Lane: Adam Szeler Runs 6.152/234.00, Now #14; No Prior Run

Tire shake is really affecting these cars, as both drivers have to drive through it.

Left Lane: Terry Munroe Runs 6.523/222.23, Now #16; Best prior run: 6.311/185.75, Was #16
Right Lane: Steve Ruda No Time, Now #26; No Prior Run

Ruda never fires the car. 60 feet out, Munroe strikes the tires hard.

Left Lane: Frederick Tigges No Time, Now #13; Best prior run: 6.129/229.82, Was #13
Right Lane: Wayne Butler Runs 6.402/227.84, Now #18; Best prior run: 6.339/204.26, Was #18

Tigges having problems, looks like he had some type of steering problem, as he coasted over into the right lane, hit the half track reflectors, and hung out the laundry. Hey, it looked really strange from our vantage point! Butler gets out of the groove, but is way ahead of Tigges before the unexpected lane change.

Left Lane: Tony Bogolo Runs 6.598/184.35, Now #21; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Terry McMillen Runs 6.564/222.44, Now #19; Best prior run: 6.364/203.75, Was #19

Bogolo has little puffs of smoke coming out of the header banks around the 600 foot mark. McMillen getting into tire shake just past the tree.

Right Lane: Mark Thomas Runs 6.012/239.23, Now #7; Best prior run: 6.040/237.96, Was #7

The car sounded a little soft on the launch, but picked it up past the 60 foot mark.

Right Lane: Paul Noakes Runs 6.042/231.30, Now #8; No Prior Run

Noakes did an outstanding job of driving, as he was right on the guardrail for most of that run, finally pulling the car over to the middle of the lane just before the lights. Nice job, and a great run for him.

Right Lane: Paul Athey Runs 6.317/224.94, Now #13; Best prior run: 6.108/227.84, Was #13

Athey does almost the same thing that Noakes did, running the car right next to the guardrail before getting it straightened out around the eighth mile mark.

Right Lane: Dan Crownhart Runs 6.516/210.87, Now #22; Best prior run: 6.609/207.75, Was #23

Somewhat of a soft launch, and Crownhart can't make the horsepower on the other end to pick up his e.t.

Right Lane: James Spencer Runs 6.065/227.79, Now #10; No Prior Run

We've decided here in the tower that the groove in the right lane is right next to the guardrail! This is about the 4th car to make a move next to the guardrail and stay there for most of the run. And Spencer moved up a bunch with that run.

Right Lane: Scott Weney Runs 5.938/238.79, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.067/231.12, Was #11

And our last car down the track vaults to the number one spot on a great pass.

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