GRAND BEND, Ont. - Notes from round 2 qualifying in Top Fuel at the 2005 Hooters IHRA Drag Racing Series, Sixth annual Mopar 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: Bruce Litton Runs 5.064/282.66, Now #3; Best prior run: 9.008/90.36, Was #13
Right Lane: C.J. Nelson Runs 5.187/240.81, Now #4; Best prior run: 5.616/238.64, Was #7
3:50 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 88 degrees, relative humidity 62 percent, barometer 29.36 inches, adjusted altitude 2,984 feet, track temperature 132 degrees.
Both runs looked pretty good early, but both were soft early on and off the pace at
half track. Nelson's header flames went out well before the finish line, Litton's appeared to be
up all the way. That bumped Paul Athey, putting Chris Karamesines on the bump spot at
Left Lane: Roger Dean Runs 5.127/241.93, Now #4; Best prior run: 5.926/154.46, Was #10
Right Lane: Chris Karamesines Runs 8.046/82.55, Now #9; Best prior run: 5.583/182.85, Was #8
It looked like a fuel line came off on Karamesines' car, leaving a trail of fuel in the lane, sending the car toward the centerline. It also leaned the engine out and it expired in a big flash of flame. Meanwhile, Dean made a 1,000-foot run to get into the field. That put Louie Allison on the bump spot at 5.457.
Right Lane: Rick Cooper Runs 5.286/273.11, Now #7; Best prior run: 5.243/252.52, Was #7
Cooper's car labored off the starting line and never did come up to full song.
Left Lane: Paul Athey Runs 5.134/283.61, Now #5; Best prior run: 5.680/166.39, Was #10
Right Lane: Louie Allison Runs 6.539/131.00, Now #9; Best prior run: 5.457/186.82, Was #8
Allison lost a blower belt at mid track and Athey bumped him from the field. That put Rick Cooper on the bump spot at 5.243, but the remaining cars are already in the field.
Right Lane: Doug Foley Runs 4.804/300.20, Now #2; Best prior run: 4.779/282.42, Was #2
Nice run by Foley, not as quick as last night, but faster.
Left Lane: Clay Millican Runs 4.802/295.53, Now #1; Best prior run: 4.748/288.03, Was #1
Right Lane: John Sipple Runs 7.243/108.16, Now #7; Best prior run: 5.234/234.74, Was #7
Sipple's car spit out the blower belt before half track. Millican was on a pretty good pace to about 1,000 feet, then it looked like he dropped some cylinders, a light haze trailing the car.
Left Lane: Todd Paton Runs 5.035/255.97, Now #3; Best prior run: 7.191/105.62, Was #11
This time Paton's car had a 1,000-foot fuse on it, the car trailing a haze from half track on and a fireball for the last 300 feet or so. By then, he was solidly in the top part of the field. Best of all, the track was clean and dry.