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Sat, 8 Jun 2002, 08:05 PM

Pro Stock Qualifying Notes, Final Session
By Larry Sullivan

GRAND BEND, Ont. - Notes from final, round 4 qualifying in Sunoco Race Fuels Pro Stock 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: John Bartunek Runs 6.642/206.84, Now #11; Best prior run: 6.631/208.09, Was #11
Right Lane: Frank Gugliotta Runs 12.512/67.19, Now #17; Best prior run: 6.690/203.98, Was #17

7:40 PM It's still 79 degrees, but the humidity is just 41 percent and the track is being partially shaded, barometer 30.08 and steady.

Gugliotta's car got very squirrely right off the line and he had to lift. Full pass by Bartunek, no improvement. The bump is Wally Stroupe's 6.665.

Left Lane: Elijah Morton Runs 6.659/208.38, Now #8; Best prior run: 6.605/210.08, Was #8
Right Lane: Billy Huff Runs 8.767/107.36, Now #21; Best prior run: 9.517/88.67, Was #21

Huff is still struggling to get the Cougar down the track and comes up short again. Clean pass by Morton, no help - he's barely in the top half of the field and could lose lane choice for the first round, tomorrow.

Left Lane: Tim Nabors Runs 6.646/207.61, Now #9; Best prior run: 6.612/202.61, Was #9
Right Lane: Chuck DeMory Runs 7.152/152.77, Now #19; Best prior run: 6.715/206.46, Was #19

Demory's car was all over the lane and he didn't have a chance. Nabors loses a few hundredths from his best run Friday.

Left Lane: Jeff Dobbins Runs 6.614/210.47, Now #10; Best prior run: 6.640/209.98, Was #12
Right Lane: John Montecalvo Runs 6.629/208.91, Now #3; Best prior run: 6.586/209.93, Was #3

Nice run by Dobbins to move closer to the middle of the field. Montecalvo joins the group that lost a few hundredths from yesterday.

Left Lane: Rick Jones Runs 6.655/208.23, Now #14; Best prior run: 6.643/209.01, Was #14
Right Lane: Larry O'Brien Runs 6.713/206.09, Now #18; Best prior run: 6.700/206.99, Was #18

Ditto, O'Brien headed for home...

Left Lane: Anthony Paone Runs 6.769/204.03, Now #20; Best prior run: 6.738/204.73, Was #20
Right Lane: Chris Holbrook Runs 6.606/208.71, Now #5; Best prior run: 6.594/210.18, Was #5

Same story, Holbrook with low ET of the round so far, just a hundredth and change slower than yesterday, all three of his runs within just over a hundredth of a second of each other.

Left Lane: Doug Kirk Runs 11.700/74.57, Now #2; Best prior run: 6.586/210.52, Was #2
Right Lane: Wally Stroupe Runs 6.715/205.90, Now #16; Best prior run: 6.665/207.32, Was #16

Lots of hard shake for Kirk. Stroupe loses five hundredths from yesterday and will have to sweat out the rest of the session on the bubble.

Left Lane: Jason Collins Runs 6.622/210.67, Now #12; Best prior run: 6.643/210.18, Was #13
Right Lane: Steve Spiess Runs 6.654/206.80, Now #15; Best prior run: 6.654/207.66, Was #15

Nice pass by Collins, the first real improvement this round - he was the only one who made a substantial improvement last round also. Spiess is bracket racing, two 6.654s today.

Left Lane: Ron Miller Runs 6.616/208.23, Now #7; Best prior run: 6.604/209.15, Was #7
Right Lane: Carl Baker Runs 11.958/92.11, Now #11; Best prior run: 6.617/209.54, Was #11

Baker chattered the tires, the front end in the air and the car headed for the centerline. Nice run by Miller, clean and straight.

Left Lane: Brian Gahm Runs 6.603/210.52, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.565/211.61, Was #1
Right Lane: Dwayne Rice Runs 6.647/207.27, Now #6; Best prior run: 6.596/209.39, Was #6

Gahm steps up and takes low ET of the session away from Holbrook - and posts top speed of the session to go with it. Rice lost half a tenth, a little more than the top runners this round.

Left Lane: Charlie Peppers Runs 6.646/208.96, Now #4; Best prior run: 6.591/209.83, Was #4

Peppers closes out the session by also losing half a tenth from his best run, but just 0.002 seconds slower than his first run today.

That's it, the field is set for tomorrow's eliminations.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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