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Sun, 9 Jun 2002, 01:05 PM

Top Fuel Round 1 Eliminations
By Larry Sullivan

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

   5 John Sipple         5.328 255.82  Q    4 Louie Allison       4.960 288.09
                  0.577 No Time        E1 *****WINNER***** 0.548  5.591 231.36

12:34 PM This was wild one, Allison up in smoke after 200 feet or so and Sipple apparently a winner, but left of the groove and drifting toward the wall. Sipple's car apparently brushed the wall just before the finish line, DQ'ing his run, so Allison is the winner. Several different observers checked the tire tracks and the wall to confirm the contact, Sipple's car showing no sign of any contact.

   2 Bruce Litton        4.796 276.75  Q    7 J.R. Todd           5.851 160.05
 *****WINNER***** 0.591  4.807 299.20  E1                  0.000 No Data

Todd did not answer the call, so Litton got a solo run. It was a nice run, with a bit of tire shake on the launch and "black tracking" all the way down the track.

   3 Paul Romine         4.858 297.22  Q    6 Roger Dean          5.628 228.19
 *****WINNER***** 0.541  4.821 290.32  E1                  0.000 No Data

Romine also got a "break single," Dean unable to answer the call after grenading an engine in the final qualifying session. The run was a lot like Litton's, just a bit of tire shake on the launch and twin black tracks snaking down the middle of the lane. Litton was a bit quicker and will have lane choice against Romine next round.

   1 Clay Millican       4.615 317.23  Q    8 Vicky Fanning       5.871 210.03
 *****WINNER***** 0.493  4.780 303.43  E1                  0.000 No Data

Fanning made her burnout, was unable to back up, tried to drive out the other end, and stopped half way down the shutdown area. Meanwhile, Millican fired and made his burnout, then backed up and eventually shut it off while the track crew removed Fanning's car from the track. The crew went back to the pits to get more fuel and refueled Millican's car just behind the water box. Millican then did a second, short burnout and made a nice, smooth, straight run for the win and lane choice against Allison in the semifinals.

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