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Fri, 16 Jun 2000, 09:14 PM

CORDOVA - Funny Car Qualifying Notes, Final Session
By Rick Green

CORDOVA, Ill. - Notes from final, round 3 qualifying in Funny Car at the 21st annual Amalie Motor Oil Summer Nationals 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: Rich Krohn Runs 5.964/236.96, Now #3; Best prior run: 6.193/231.56, Was #14
Right Lane: Mark Thomas Runs 6.033/235.72, Now #7; Best prior run: 6.047/22.34, Was #6

Thomas drove through tire shake, but could only watch as Krohn just drove away for his best pass of the weekend.

Left Lane: Paul Athey Runs 6.304/226.28, Now #14; Best prior run: 6.188/227.11, Was #14
Right Lane: Wayne Butler Runs 6.032/235.89, Now #7; Best prior run: 6.064/233.92, Was #9

Athey made a move toward the centerline, but stayed with it.

Left Lane: Kevin Newburgh Runs 6.544/211.43, Now #20; Best prior run: 7.001/200.08, Was #19
Right Lane: Paul Girot Runs 6.343/224.10, Now #17; Best prior run: 7.088/152.57, Was #20

A good drag race, but not quick enough to make the show.

Left Lane: Jim Lape Runs 6.020/233.84, Now #6; Best prior run: 6.022/235.47, Was #6
Right Lane: Tony Bogolo Runs 6.621/217.25, Now #19; Best prior run: 6.436/224.25, Was #19

Lape started to skate around around half track, but he stayed with it. Bogolo made his best pass of the weekend, but it will not be good enough to make the show.

Left Lane: Rob Atchison Runs 5.973/230.65, Now #4; Best prior run: 6.056/228.58, Was #9
Right Lane: Dale Brand Runs 5.940/235.76, Now #1; Best prior run: 5.950/234.98, Was #2

Brand attempting to write the check to himself as his company Co-Line put up the $1000 for low qualifier, and he laid down a great looking pass to take over the number one spot.

Left Lane: Steve Ruda Runs 6.149/226.43, Now #14; Best prior run: 18.325/71.77, Was #21
Right Lane: Chris Hunt Runs 6.051/231.79, Now #10; Best prior run: 6.070/228.73, Was #10

Hunt made a move to the wall and he reeled it back in. Ruda with a great looking pass and his best of the weekend to get in the show. That bumped out Andy Kelly.

Left Lane: Andy Kelley Runs 6.099/227.27, Now #11; Best prior run: 6.231/223.69, Was #17
Right Lane: Jimmy Rector Runs 10.950/83.33, Now #5; Best prior run: 5.977/235.19, Was #5

Kelly just got knock out of the show and this will be his last shot to get in the show. He did it with an outstanding run to get back in the show.

Left Lane: Scott Weney Runs 6.042/236.84, Now #10; Best prior run: 6.144/229.82, Was #14
Right Lane: Billy Gibson Runs 6.053/236.67, Now #6; Best prior run: 6.013/234.57, Was #6

Weney made a move in the right direction, and no help for Gibson.

Left Lane: Dan Crownhart No Time, Now #19; Best prior run: 6.343/221.85, Was #19
Right Lane: Terry McMillen Runs 6.463/155.56, Now #17; Best prior run: 6.225/224.17, Was #17

We have a couple guys gunning for Athey and his 6.188 bump spot. We will see. McMillen banged the blower and the burst panel went sky high. Crownhart's time and mph did not register for some reason.

Left Lane: Terry Munroe Runs 6.610/216.65, Now #14; Best prior run: 6.110/232.47, Was #14
Right Lane: Von Smith Runs 9.187/89.15, Now #2; Best prior run: 5.948/236.05, Was #2

Smith had problems early in the run and had to abort it. No help for Munroe. That wraps up Funny Car qualifying.

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