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Sun, 4 Jun 2000, 01:36 PM

GRAND BEND - Top Fuel Round 1 Eliminations
By Larry Sullivan





GRAND BEND, Ont. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Top Fuel at the Inaugural Mopar Parts Canadian Nationals presented by Castrol:

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   5 Jim Bailey          4.905 290.51  Q    4 Clay Millican       4.793 298.21
                  0.515  4.890 294.69  E1 *****WINNER***** 0.534  4.768 306.95
1:11 PM There was a heated debate in the staging lanes before the first pair pulled out as the Top Fuel teams and officials discussed the decision to let Doug Foxworth's run Saturday night stand as a qualifying run. It will certainly be debated again after the race is over. For now, let's go racing. As was the case in Rockingham, Millican shows he's a force to be reckoned with, making his best run of the weekend and his best speed of the season to get the win light against Bailey. Margin of victory = 0.103 seconds (approximately 45 feet).

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   6 Bruce Litton        4.977 273.47  Q    3 Shirley Muldowney   4.785 309.38
                  0.530  5.033 274.97  E1 *****WINNER***** 0.506  4.848 310.13
If the revised ladder had been used, Shirley would have been racing Millican, so the decision actually went in her favor when Litton started smoking the tires at half track, letting Shirley pull away to an easy win. As a bonus to getting her first round win of the season, she also established a new World speed record at 310.13, her 309.38 during qualifying serving as a backup.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   2 Doug Foxworth       4.781 307.48  Q    7 Jim Head            5.027 294.69
                  0.000 No Time        E1 *****WINNER***** 0.538  4.903 289.20
Foxworth was unable to answer the call because of his accident and first alternate Roger Dean also could not run, so Head got a bye run. He made a strong launch and a solid run to about 1,000 feet, then slowed. Shirley will have lane choice when they meet in the semifinals.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   8 Louie Allison       5.258 229.18  Q    1 Paul Romine         4.769 307.58
                  0.499  5.201 236.03  E1 *****WINNER***** 0.515  4.863 303.43
Romine won this one easily and Allison's slowing car drifted right on the top end, taking out the finish line reflector blocks. Romine advances, but Millican will have lane choice when they meet in the semifinals.




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