GRAND BEND, Ont. - Notes from final, round 3 qualifying in Torco Race Fuels Pro Modified 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: Al Billes Runs 6.240/231.28, Now #2; Best prior run: 9.074/112.14, Was #23
Right Lane: Mike Castellana Runs 6.269/226.96, Now #3; Best prior run: 9.000/99.68, Was #22
8:08 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.
For the second race in a row, Billes comes into the final round outside the field -
and he's paired with another racer who has been qualifying way up in the field, also not yet
qualified. Both made very smooth, straight runs to move into the top part of the field. That
bumped Mike Lockwood and Dennis Radford, putting Carl Spiering on the bump spot at
Left Lane: Kenny Lang Runs 6.554/209.56, Now #21; Best prior run: 6.495/215.41, Was #21
Right Lane: Carl Bullock Runs 6.587/222.91, Now #22; Best prior run: 6.924/158.82, Was #23
Bullock chattered the tires on the launch, losing a lot of time. Lang looked like he was headed for a spot in the field, but his engine faded on the top end.
Left Lane: Steve Bareman Runs 6.447/213.23, Now #20; Best prior run: 6.451/217.25, Was #20
Right Lane: David Roemer Runs 16.734/51.06, Now #23; Best prior run: 6.734/184.62, Was #23
Roemer spun the tires and then had a small nitrous explosion, coasting down the track. Bareman's car was smoking in the lights and he came up short.
Left Lane: Dennis Radford Runs 6.382/220.55, Now #15; Best prior run: 6.418/218.90, Was #18
Right Lane: Roy Wasko Runs 6.381/215.13, Now #14; Best prior run: 6.425/220.26, Was #19
Double-bump, putting Spiering and Charles Carpenter out of the field. That put Quain Stott on the bump spot at 6.388.
Left Lane: Mike Lockwood Runs 11.398/97.98, Now #19; Best prior run: 6.415/218.05, Was #19
Right Lane: Carl Spiering Runs 6.248/228.96, Now #3; Best prior run: 6.415/226.32, Was #18
These two started the round in the field. Lockwood launched, shook hard, and lifted, but Spiering gave the crowd of Eaton folks attending this event something to cheer about with a stunning recovery, a hard, straight pass to move up near the top of the field.
Right Lane: Charles Carpenter Runs 6.374/221.74, Now #14; Best prior run: 6.407/219.61, Was #18
Carpenter drew on his accumulated driving skills with a marvelous recovery from a big excursion at half track, saving the run, bumping Radford. That put Roy Wasko on the bump spot at 6.381.
Left Lane: Quain Stott Runs 6.370/225.97, Now #14; Best prior run: 6.388/225.22, Was #18
Right Lane: Rick DiStefano Runs 6.301/225.22, Now #7; Best prior run: 6.377/220.87, Was #15
This pair will set the field, all the other cars in line safely in the field. Stott made a nice run to get back into the field and DiStefano made a very nice run to move into the top half. Wasko will be the first alternate and the rest of the field hasn't finished shaking down yet.
Left Lane: Mike Janis No Time, Now #12; Best prior run: 6.342/226.39, Was #12
Right Lane: Eddie Ware Runs 6.407/222.88, Now #15; Best prior run: 6.370/216.06, Was #15
Ware rolled in deep, hurting his elapsed time a bit. Janis launched and immediately slowed. coming to a stop about 300 feet out.
Left Lane: Keith Baker Runs 6.342/221.27, Now #11; Best prior run: 6.328/221.49, Was #11
Right Lane: Tony Pontieri Runs 6.358/212.69, Now #13; Best prior run: 6.354/223.06, Was #13
Pontieri's car was taking dead aim at the half-track timing reflectors, but he smoothly steered it back to the groove. No improvement for either driver.
Left Lane: Burton Auxier Runs 6.309/220.91, Now #8; Best prior run: 6.324/220.91, Was #9
Right Lane: Jim Halsey Runs 6.452/224.14, Now #10; Best prior run: 6.326/223.17, Was #10
Nice run by Auxier, improving enough to get lane choice in the first round. Halsey was right with him to half track, then fell back.
Left Lane: Harold Martin Runs 6.267/225.60, Now #4; Best prior run: 6.293/224.73, Was #6
Right Lane: Ed Hoover Runs 6.286/226.35, Now #7; Best prior run: 6.321/225.48, Was #9
Hoover needed to beat a 6.309 to retake lane choice in the first round. He did so nicely, pushing Auxier back below the line. Meanwhile, Martin also made his best run of the weekend to move up the ladder a couple rungs.
Left Lane: Billy Harper No Time, Now #6; Best prior run: 6.277/222.69, Was #6
Right Lane: Shannon Jenkins Runs 6.227/226.77, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.191/227.11, Was #1
Last pair. Harper chattered the tires and slowly rolled down the track, stopping about half way down.
Jenkins made a nice run, but failed to improve. He will race Charles
Carpenter in the first round.