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Sat, 11 Jun 2005, 07:51 PM

Pro Stock Qualifying Notes, Final Session
By Larry Sullivan

GRAND BEND, Ont. - Notes from final, round 3 qualifying in Torco Race Fuels Pro Stock 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: Daniel Seamon Runs 6.639/212.03, Now #12; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Brian Gahm Runs 6.677/211.99, Now #15; Best prior run: 15.545/53.52, Was #20

7:27 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 83 degrees, relative humidity 69 percent, barometer 29.35 inches, adjusted altitude 2,612 feet, track temperature 101 degrees. Ron Miller is on the bump spot at 6.714.

Between these two, three prior IHRA championships were at the line, both were DNQ so far. Both got in, for now, neither very far up in the field. That bumped Miller and John Konigshofer, putting Elijah Morton is on the bump spot at 6.685.

Left Lane: Richard Penland Runs 6.634/209.14, Now #12; Best prior run: 6.821/207.37, Was #19
Right Lane: Dwayne Rice Runs 6.672/208.14, Now #16; Best prior run: 8.729/110.06, Was #21

Both cars fought for traction on the launch. Both got in, bumping Morton and Gahm, putting Dwayne Rice on the bump spot at 6.672.

Left Lane: Ed Machacek Runs 6.673/209.88, Now #15; Best prior run: 6.664/208.33, Was #15
Right Lane: Sylvester Barnes Runs 9.111/108.60, Now #21; Best prior run: 6.894/203.46, Was #21

Barnes launched, his car got very squirrely, he pedaled, the car "went wacky" again, and he lifted. Machacek made a fairly good run, but failed to improve.

Left Lane: Larry O'Brien Runs 6.602/210.60, Now #9; Best prior run: 6.646/209.82, Was #14
Right Lane: Ron Miller Runs 6.672/208.04, Now #17; Best prior run: 6.714/207.02, Was #20

Miller started the round on the bubble and was immediately bumped. Miller matched the bump time exactly, but lost the spot to Rice on speed, by a tenth of a mile-per-hour. Nice pass by O'Brien t move away from the bottom of the field.

Left Lane: John Nobile Runs 6.564/212.36, Now #6; Best prior run: 6.616/211.89, Was #11
Right Lane: Elijah Morton Runs 6.984/176.10, Now #19; Best prior run: 6.685/207.88, Was #19

Morton was bumped a few pairs ago, but his car was not up to the task, falling way behind before half track. Nice pass by Nobile to move well up into the top half of the field.

Left Lane: Doug Kirk Runs 7.553/133.58, Now #7; Best prior run: 6.575/211.73, Was #7
Right Lane: Chuck DeMory Runs 6.598/210.05, Now #10; Best prior run: 6.623/209.26, Was #12

No more bumping, the field is set, but the pairings should continue to shuffle. Kirk's car got out of the groove and tried to get sideways every time he tried to bring it back, so he finally lifted. Meanwhile, DeMory was on rails, moving up a couple spots.

Left Lane: Frank Gugliotta Runs 6.526/213.00, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.548/212.03, Was #5
Right Lane: Pete Berner Runs 6.563/212.43, Now #6; Best prior run: 6.613/211.03, Was #12

Two very nice runs, Gugliotta flying to the top spot.

Left Lane: John Montecalvo Runs 6.515/213.27, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.546/212.63, Was #5
Right Lane: Rick Jones Runs 6.536/213.67, Now #5; Best prior run: 6.589/213.10, Was #10

And we have yet another #1 qualifier - Gugliotta didn't even get a chance to do his top-end interview. Two nice runs, straight and smooth.

Left Lane: Robert Patrick Runs 6.506/213.54, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.531/213.37, Was #4
Right Lane: Jerry Haas Runs 6.545/213.98, Now #7; Best prior run: 6.582/212.83, Was #10

Two pairs left - hopes were leaning toward a forty or two...Patrick came oh-so-close, starting with a 1.002 60-foot time and a string-straight run. New #1 qualifier for the third pair in a row.

Left Lane: Tony Gillig Runs 6.527/212.90, Now #5; Best prior run: 6.530/212.86, Was #4
Right Lane: Steve Spiess Runs 6.508/214.83, Now #2; Best prior run: 6.545/214.04, Was #6

Last pair. Both can be extremely quick if they hit the setup. Gillig's car did a bit of a dance on the launch, then bellied out toward the centerline. Meanwhile, Spiess went right down the groove, resetting his track speed record.

That's it, Patrick is #1 at 6.506 and Dwayne Rice is on the bump spot at 6.672.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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