GRAND BEND, Ont. - Notes from final, round 3 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: Paul Athey Runs 5.086/288.39, Now #6; Best prior run: 5.134/283.61, Was #6
Right Lane: Chris Karamesines Runs 4.983/259.71, Now #3; Best prior run: 5.583/182.85, Was #11
8:47 p.m. John Sipple is on the bump spot at 5.234. The "ageless" Greek appeared to torch a head gasket on the top end, but he was quick enough to bump Sipple from the field and the large crowd loved it. Athey improved a tenth of a second, stayed right where he started on the ladder.
Right Lane: Louie Allison Runs 4.809/291.76, Now #3; Best prior run: 5.457/186.82, Was #11
Another cheer for a "local" hero, Ostrander's shop close enough to Grand Bend for the crowd to consider them a home town team. Louie bumped C.J. Nelson, putting Roger Dean on the bump spot at 5.127.
Left Lane: Roger Dean No Time, Now #9; Best prior run: 5.127/241.93, Was #8
Right Lane: Rick Cooper Runs 5.017/294.31, Now #5; Best prior run: 5.243/252.52, Was #11
Dean's car failed to start and he had to sit and watch as Cooper bumped him from the field.
Left Lane: Bruce Litton Runs 4.909/294.50, Now #4; Best prior run: 5.064/282.66, Was #7
Right Lane: John Sipple Runs 5.106/256.55, Now #9; Best prior run: 5.234/234.74, Was #11
Paul Athey was on the bump spot at 5.086. Both cars went strongly down the first part of their lane, but Sipple's header flames went out right around the 1,000-foot marker and he came up short.
Right Lane: C.J. Nelson Runs 5.336/229.63, Now #11; Best prior run: 5.187/240.81, Was #11
Nelson was the last car in line and outside the field. There was a small fire on the left side of Nelson's engine all the way down the track and his car was down on power, unable to run the number. To add insult to the whole deal, he went off the end of the track - not far, but into the sand pit.
Left Lane: Clay Millican Runs 8.084/88.95, Now #1; Best prior run: 4.748/288.03, Was #1
Right Lane: Doug Foley Runs 5.041/229.86, Now #2; Best prior run: 4.779/282.42, Was #2
Millican overpowered the launch pad. he pedaled once, lost traction again, and gave it up. Foley appeared to be on a good run, but the header flames flickered and then went out on the top end.
That close out qualifying, Top Fuel eliminations are scheduled to start at 10