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Sun, 12 Jun 2005, 11:33 AM

Pro Modified Round 1 Eliminations
By Larry Sullivan





GRAND BEND, Ont. - Results of round 1 eliminations in Torco Race Fuels Pro Modified at the 2005 Hooters IHRA Drag Racing Series, Sixth annual Mopar Canadian Nationals presented by Castrol:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    4 Rick DiStefano                       1237 Burton Auxier                
E1                   0.116  6.288 225.90     ****WINNER****  0.105  6.278 222.07
 Qualified:             #8  6.301 225.22                        #9  6.309 220.91
11:15 a.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 79 degrees, relative humidity 83 percent, barometer 29.37 inches, adjusted altitude 2,409 feet, track temperature 101 degrees.

This was close all the way, but DiStefano's car went right of the groove on the top end and that hurt his elapsed time. Both ran their best elapsed times of the weekend. Burton Auxier's incremental margins: 60ft(0.016), 330 ft(0.031), 660ft(0.035), 1,000ft(0.033). MOV: 0.0215 seconds (approximately 7 feet).


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 1051 Jim Halsey                             14 Ed Hoover                    
E1   ****WINNER****  0.073  6.322 225.00                     0.088 10.521 100.05
 Qualified:            #10  6.326 223.17                        #7  6.286 226.35
Hoover spun the tires violently on the launch and had to lift, giving Halsey free rein to the win light.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 1152 Tony Pontieri                           3 Harold Martin                
E1                   0.107  6.435 221.74     ****WINNER****  0.089  6.406 221.20
 Qualified:            #13  6.354 223.06                        #4  6.267 225.60
Pontieri took the long route to the finish line, his car way to the left of the groove for most of the run. Martin was well off his qualifying pace, but got the win light anyway. Harold Martin's MOV: 0.0476 seconds (approximately 15 feet).

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    7 Quain Stott                          1057 Carl Spiering                
E1                   0.085  6.345 226.24     ****WINNER****  0.045  6.328 226.73
 Qualified:            #14  6.370 225.97                        #3  6.248 228.96
Spiering left first and had the quicker run, so he gets to stay and play another round. Carl Spiering's MOV: 0.0577 seconds (approximately 19 feet).

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    5 Billy Harper                         1036 Keith Baker                  
E1   ****WINNER****  0.058  7.064 155.94                     0.067  8.349 110.88
 Qualified:             #6  6.277 222.69                       #11  6.328 221.49
baker's car had the wheels up and was headed for the centerline. When they came down, the car darted to the right and he had to shut it down to save it. Harper's run looked good to about half track, then he slowed, the reason not clear from here. He faces Spiering next round and Spiering will choose the lanes.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 1941 Eddie Ware                              2 Al Billes                    
E1                   0.097  6.348 216.79     ****WINNER****  0.073  6.246 231.68
 Qualified:            #15  6.370 216.06                        #2  6.240 231.28
This was a close race to half track, then the sleek, new Stratus started pulling away. Billes faces Halsey next round and will choose the lanes.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
    1 Mike Janis                             44 Mike Castellana              
E1   ****WINNER****  0.072  6.258 228.54                     0.102  6.248 227.19
 Qualified:            #12  6.342 226.39                        #5  6.269 226.96
Janis needed a holeshot to win this one, Castellana giving a hard race all the way down the track. Mike Janis' incremental margins: 60ft(0.015), 330 ft(0.006), 660ft(0.013), 1,000ft(0.015). MOV: 0.0203 seconds (approximately 7 feet). Janis will have lane choice against Martin next round.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 1955 Charles Carpenter                       9 Shannon Jenkins              
E1                   0.092  6.399 221.16     ****WINNER****  0.097  6.205 222.84
 Qualified:            #16  6.374 221.74                        #1  6.191 227.11
This was close at the start, but Jenkins quickly pulled away to win with low elapsed time of the round and lane choice against Auxier.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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