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Sat, 17 Jun 2000, 05:46 PM

CORDOVA - ihra.com Funny Car Round 1 Eliminations
By Rick Green





CORDOVA, Ill. - Results of round 1 eliminations in ihra.com Funny Car at the 21st annual Amalie Motor Oil Summer Nationals:

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   1 Dale Brand          5.940 235.76  Q   16 Paul Athey          6.188 227.11
 *****WINNER***** 0.478  5.940 232.23  E1                  0.488  6.126 231.08
Brand out of the gate first and kept it glued all the way down the 1320. Athey got out of the groove and made a move toward the wall.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   3 Rich Krohn          5.964 236.96  Q   14 Terry Munroe        6.110 232.47
 *****WINNER***** 0.424  6.122 230.92  E1                  0.578  6.061 232.43
Krohn drilled Munroe on the light and had the power to hold off the quicker, hard charging Munroe.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
  15 Steve Ruda          6.149 226.43  Q    2 Von Smith           5.948 236.05
                  0.489  6.378 184.52  E1 *****WINNER***** 0.480  5.918 236.01
Smith with a slight starting line advantage, but stretched it out from there. Both cars made moves toward the centerline, and Ruda finally lifted.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   4 Rob Atchison        5.973 230.65  Q   13 Santo Volpe         6.105 232.87
                  0.539  6.066 228.96  E1 *****WINNER***** 0.488  5.999 235.97
Volpe with the starting line advantage and then he ran his quickest and fastest passes in this car to take the win light.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
  12 Andy Kelley         6.099 227.27  Q    5 Jimmy Rector        5.977 235.19
                  0.462 10.337  80.60  E1 *****WINNER***** 0.527  5.936 238.22
Kelley launched into some tire shake and clicked it off. Rector with his best pass on the weekend.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
  11 Chris Hunt          6.051 231.79  Q    6 Billy Gibson        6.013 234.57
                  0.495  6.074 232.59  E1 *****WINNER***** 0.491  5.949 238.34
Gibson got into the 5-second zone with that pass to move on the round two.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
  10 Scott Weney         6.042 236.84  Q    7 Jim Lape            6.020 233.84
 *****WINNER***** 0.478  5.884 239.23  E1                  0.553 No Time
Lape left with the front end in the air and when they came back down to earth Lape clicked it off. Weney with the quickest and fastest pass of the weekend.

 Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-Rd-Qua-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed
   9 Mark Thomas         6.033 235.72  Q    8 Wayne Butler        6.032 235.89
                  0.531 11.954  66.98  E1 *****WINNER***** 0.567  6.088 236.92
Thomas launched into big time tire shake. Butler got real loose around around half track, but keep his foot in it to take the win light.




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