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Sun, 4 Jun 2000, 02:48 PM

GRAND BEND - IHRA.com Funny Car Round 2 Eliminations
By Debi Shepard





GRAND BEND, Ont. - Results of round 2 eliminations in IHRA.com Funny Car 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
   8 Billy Gibson        5.984 237.78  Q    1 Rob Atchison        5.885 234.61
   (M Todd      ) 0.349  5.933 230.35  E1   (C Hunt      ) 0.586  5.915 233.40
                  0.496  6.055 230.00  E2 *****WINNER***** 0.478  6.063 213.98
2:09 PM Humidity has picked up just a bit from the previous session as we start round two. Atchison with a nice pass, Gibson drifted over toward the center line, but didn't touch the stripe.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
  15 Paul Athey          6.082 232.61  Q    7 Frederick Tigges    5.974 237.84
   (T Munroe    ) 0.490  6.483 155.14  E1   (H Rodgers   ) 0.492  6.127 230.29
                  0.412  7.218 200.49  E2 *****WINNER***** 0.529  5.992 233.70
Athey with tire shake right off the line.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   6 Mark Thomas         5.966 240.38  Q    3 Von Smith           5.921 237.21
   (A Szeler    ) 0.503  6.016 240.32  E1   (J Spencer   ) 0.487  5.969 235.47
                         6.101 238.28  E2 *****WINNER***** 0.474  5.985 231.60
What a great match up here, the number one and two qualifiers square off. Thomas shaking just past the tree, pedaling once. Von marches down track, but leaves a trail of oil past the finish line.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
  12 Dale Brand          6.031 232.85  Q    4 Scott Weney         5.938 238.79
   (J Rector    ) 0.444  6.071 233.22  E1   (P Noakes    ) 0.504  5.938 237.09
                  0.468  6.121 231.89  E2 *****WINNER***** 0.510  6.024 235.10
Brand with a better light, but can't pull it off at top end. Weney will face Atchison in the semi's.




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