GRAND BEND, Ont. - Notes from final, round 3 qualifying in Top Fuel at the Hooters IHRA Drag Racing Series, Third annual Mopar Performance Parts Canadian Nationals presented by Castrol 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: Grant Flowers Runs 6.023/216.24, Now #6; No Prior Run
Right Lane: John Sipple Runs 5.328/255.82, Now #3; Best prior run: 5.488/235.35, Was #3
9:08 PM Flowers' car slowed and stopped short of the finish line in the first session and he didn't make an attempt in the second. Sipple made a good lap in the first and also skipped the second. Flowers pedaled several times during this run, starting about 200 feet out. Sipple went right down the groove with his best elapsed time ever - nothing spectacular, but that fledgling team is getting more experience with every run they make. Flowers' car had a fire in the diaper, so he won't be docked 15 points and lose the 5 bonus points.
Left Lane: Louie Allison Runs 4.960/288.09, Now #3; Best prior run: 8.979/85.63, Was #9
Right Lane: Bruce Litton Runs 4.796/276.75, Now #2; Best prior run: 4.847/298.30, Was #2
Just-bumped Allison made a full pass to get back in, bumping Paul Romine from the field, while Litton made a very nice run, the header flames going out a bit before the finish line, hurting the speed, but not the elapsed time. That puts Vicky Fanning on the bubble at 6.055.
Left Lane: Roger Dean Runs 11.453/80.78, Now #5; Best prior run: 5.628/228.19, Was #5
Right Lane: Vicky Fanning Runs 5.871/210.03, Now #7; Best prior run: 6.055/190.75, Was #8
Dean's car looked normal when he launched, but he ventilated the engine just off the line, the header flames turning into brief flames atop the engine, oil and engine pieces scattered all over the track near the starting line. Meanwhile, Fanning stepped up and away from the bump spot, giving the honors to Flowers at 6.023. Dean loses 15 points plus 5 bonus points for the "black flag" oildown.
Left Lane: Clay Millican Runs 4.658/285.44, Now #1; Best prior run: 4.615/317.23, Was #1
Right Lane: Paul Romine Runs 4.858/297.22, Now #3; Best prior run: 8.012/99.04, Was #9
Romine had to sit and watch the cleanup, about half an hour's worth, which certainly didn't help calm his butterflies any. All he needed to do was get down the track, but that eluded him in the first two sessions. So much for butterflies - a nice side-by-side show, Millican's header flames going out well before the finish line and Romine driving it out the back door, two full passes to wrap up the competition portion of the Mac Tools "Night of Fire." That bumped Flowers from the field.
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