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Sun, 9 Jun 2002, 12:27 PM

Funny Car Round 1 Eliminations
By Larry Sullivan

GRAND BEND, Ont. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Funny Car at the Hooters IHRA Drag Racing Series, Third annual Mopar Performance Parts Canadian Nationals presented by Castrol:

   1 Jimmy Rector        5.840 240.19  Q   18 Dave Miller         6.484 216.08
 *****WINNER***** 0.514  5.875 238.66  E1                  0.514  8.651  93.15

11:56 AM Miller was in as second alternate, for Dan Crownhart. Miller finished his licensing runs Friday and now found himself facing a driver who is undefeated in 2002. Both cars shook, Rector skating around and driving through it while Miller suddenly found the front end of his car well up in the air. Miller fought it, finally lifting to avoid crossing the centerline.

   3 Laurie Cannister    5.866 233.64  Q   14 Paul Noakes         6.164 226.35
 *****WINNER***** 0.518  5.828 242.19  E1                  0.448  6.145 228.02

Noakes got a big holeshot, but it wasn't close to being enough against the low ET of the event (so far). Noakes did his job, improving over his qualifying effort, but he was outclassed today.

   2 Mike Comella        5.861 239.17  Q   15 Wayne Butler        6.183 224.10
 *****WINNER***** 0.461  6.034 233.28  E1                  0.738  6.151 228.36

Comella was vulnerable, off his qualifying pace, but Butler was not there to take advantage of it.

   4 John Vouros         5.868 237.09  Q   13 Mike Etter          6.152 226.07
 *****WINNER***** 0.495  5.875 237.59  E1                  0.587  6.587 185.87

Etter spotted Vouros almost a tenth at the start and threw in the towel around half track.

   5 Rob Atchison        5.888 235.47  Q   12 Chris Foster        6.058 233.40
 *****WINNER***** 0.499  5.900 234.55  E1                  0.600  6.221 227.73

Nice run by Atchison, on time and straight down the groove. Foster was late, shook on the launch, and was unable to mount a challenge. Atchison loses lane choice to Vouros next round, however.

   6 Mark Thomas         5.889 236.22  Q   11 Tony Bogolo         6.046 226.18
 *****WINNER***** 0.673  5.901 237.59  E1                  0.509  6.067 233.34

Thomas got caught napping and caught Bogolo in the lights for the win. Then Bogolo's chute was very late and Bogolo went off the end of the track, well into the gravel trap. Thomas' incremental margins (negative means he's behind): 60ft(-0.152), 330 ft(-0.102), 660ft(-0.055), 1,000ft(-0.021). MOV: 0.0023 seconds (approximately 9 inches). Thomas advances, but loses lane choice to Cannister.

   7 Dale Brand          5.909 217.33  Q   10 Larry Dobbs         6.046 229.06
 *****WINNER***** 0.453  5.820 236.90  E1                  0.499  6.125 223.21

Brand dominated this matchup, away first by more than four hundredths and then running low ET of the meet (so far) to win by a large margin. Brand will have lane choice against Comella in round two.

   8 Ronnie Midyette     5.944 220.75  Q    9 Terry McMillen      5.946 233.88
                  0.513  6.339 170.74  E1 *****WINNER***** 0.576  5.979 233.70

Midyette led to the 990-foot marker and then his car slowed, allowing McMillen to go by for the win. McMillen faces Rector in the second round, Rector with lane choice.

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