EDMONTON, Alb. - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Torco Race Fuels Pro Modified at the 2005 Hooters IHRA Drag Racing Series, Third Annual Western RV Rocky Mountain Nationals presented by TORCO Race Fuels listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, and position in order following run:
Left Lane: Tim Vogt Runs 6.570/213.23, Now #2
Right Lane: Lee Smith Runs 6.376/224.14, Now #1
5:32 p.m. Vogt is from Regina, Saskatchewan, Smith from Portland, Oregon. Vogt took a very close look at the centerline in the middle of the run, still clocked a nice time.
Left Lane: Ross Hogenson Runs 6.482/218.19, Now #2
This is the first time we've seen Alberta-resident Hogenson. He made a smooth, fairly straight run, right down the groove.
Left Lane: Vern Mills Runs 28.683/52.12, Now #5
Right Lane: Joe Delehay Runs 6.576/215.65, Now #4
Mills launched and the engine died. He managed to get it restarted to drive off the track. Delehay made a full pass in his Chevy Pickup.
Left Lane: Kenny Lang Runs 6.558/218.48, Now #3
Right Lane: Pat Stoken Runs 12.511/69.33, Now #6
Stoken's car shook and started to turn sideways, forcing him to lift momentarily. He got back in it, but gave it up at half track.
Left Lane: Harold Martin Runs 6.280/226.43, Now #1
Right Lane: Carl Spiering Runs 6.348/226.32, Now #2
Spiering's car kept tryiong to go to the left for most of the run, then made a hard move back to the right as he neared the centerline. Meanwhile, Martin went right down the middle of the groove on a smooth, straight run.
Left Lane: Dennis Radford Runs 16.800/49.02, Now #10
Right Lane: Rick DiStefano Runs 6.244/223.62, Now #1
Radford shook hard and lifted. DiStefano went straight down the groove to the top spot. That's the quickest and fastest he's gone on his own tuneup - Les Davenpoprt tuned the car last year.
Left Lane: Burton Auxier Runs 6.310/223.32, Now #4
Right Lane: Mike Castellana Runs 6.303/226.77, Now #3
Two nice runs, the Grand Bend winner making some serious moves on the Canadian portion of the series.
Left Lane: Billy Harper No Time, Now #16
Right Lane: Eddie Ware Runs 9.709/114.84, Now #11
Harper broke on the burnout, leaving a trail of oil on the launch pad, so he will probably be docked 15 points. Ware shook, started to turn left, and shut it down.
Left Lane: Mike Janis Runs 6.266/228.23, Now #3
Right Lane: Jim Halsey Runs 6.204/225.33, Now #1
Two nice runs, but Janis left some elapsed time on the table early in the run, his car fishtailing slightly. That's a track elapsed time record for Halsey, a track speed record for janis.
Left Lane: Quain Stott Runs 6.401/225.63, Now #10
Right Lane: Ed Hoover Runs 6.321/226.58, Now #7
Stott lost a lot of time early in the run, spinning the tires. Nice pass by Hoover, but he also lost a lot of time to Halsey's pace early in the run.
Left Lane: Al Billes Runs 6.221/232.27, Now #2
Right Lane: Shannon Jenkins Runs 6.301/224.28, Now #6
Nice pass by Billes to reset the new just-established track speed record and move into the second spot. Nice run by Jenkins too, but Billes got there first.