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Fri, 10 Jun 2005, 02:03 PM

Water Seepage Continues
By Larry Sullivan

It's A Pressure-Filled Situation

GRAND BEND, Ont. - 1:45 p.m. - Things are still on hold at the Grand Bend Motorplex because of water seeping up through the track.

It's 87 degrees, the relative humidity is 72 percent, the absolute barometer is 29.36 inches, the adjusted altitude is 2,917 feet, the track temperature is 136 degrees, under blue skies, though some clouds are starting to form from the heat and humidity. The hot track is adding to the problem, increasing the hydrostatic pressure that is forcing water up through the seams in the track.

The IHRA track crew is currently making cuts in the track surface to relieve the pressure, but it is slow going and is not an instant "fix."

The stoppage came between the Top Dragster and Top Sportsman qualifying sessions, the last pairs of Top Dragster drivers reporting traction problems at mid track, where the concrete meets the asphalt. Prior to the stoppage, five of the seven Pro/Am eliminators had completed their first qualifying session and the first pair of Top Sportsman cars was in the water box.

We'll let you know when racing resumes.

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