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Sun, 26 Jun 2005, 01:51 PM

Pro Modified Round 1 Eliminations
By Larry Sullivan





EDMONTON, Alb. - Results of round 1 eliminations 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:

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  645 Vern Mills                              4 Rick DiStefano               
E1                   0.051 14.106  63.63     ****WINNER****  0.054  6.246 224.02
 Qualified:            #14  6.401 217.11                        #3  6.224 227.88
11:30 a.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 60 degrees, relative humidity 73 percent, barometer 27.69 inches, adjusted altitude 2,964 feet, track temperature 66 degrees.

Mills launched into tire shake and headed for the wall, so he had to lift. DiStefano went right down the groove on a very nice run.


 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 1237 Burton Auxier                           7 Quain Stott                  
E1                   0.043  6.902 218.97     ****WINNER****  0.043  6.287 226.92
 Qualified:             #9  6.310 223.32                        #8  6.302 226.77
Auxier's car spun the tires hard, carding a 1.145 60-foot time. By the time he got it hooked up, Stott was long gone.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   14 Ed Hoover                               1 Mike Janis                   
E1                   0.080 13.039  94.21     ****WINNER****  0.076  6.273 228.81
 Qualified:            #10  6.314 225.63                        #7  6.266 228.23
Hoover shook hard and lost traction.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  294 Dennis Radford                          3 Harold Martin                
E1   ****WINNER****  0.029  6.940 215.07                     0.124 13.671  61.31
 Qualified:            #11  6.315 219.94                        #6  6.255 226.51
Both launched into severe shake, both pedaled. Radford was able to find enough traction to get to the other end. Martin's car did not respond and may have been broken.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 5012 Kenny Lang                           1051 Jim Halsey                   
E1                   0.093  6.490 211.56     ****WINNER****  0.062  6.182 224.62
 Qualified:            #15  6.461 217.77                        #2  6.204 225.33
Wow! Nice run by Halsey. He has lane choice against Janis next round.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
   63 Ross Hogenson                           2 Al Billes                    
E1   ****WINNER****  0.037  6.536 214.48                     0.036  6.798 143.51
 Qualified:            #16  6.482 218.19                        #1  6.150 234.53
Both cars got a bit loose, but Billes' Stratus got very out of shape. He saved it, but it headed for the centerline and Billes put the chutes out, perhaps mindful of Shelly Anderson's mishap in St. Louis. Hogenson won, but lost lane choice to Stott.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
  631 Lee Smith                              44 Mike Castellana              
E1                   0.051  6.345 223.88     ****WINNER****  0.100  6.243 226.54
 Qualified:            #13  6.351 224.51                        #4  6.232 227.50
Smith was away first, but Castellana reeled him in before the 60-foot timer and then pulled away for the win.

 Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT-----ET---Speed-----Car#-Driver(Opp'nt)-RT----ET---Speed
 1057 Carl Spiering                           9 Shannon Jenkins              
E1   ****WINNER****  0.095  6.316 226.35                     0.069  6.382 224.02
 Qualified:            #12  6.348 226.32                        #5  6.253 225.45
Both cars did a nice job of getting down the tricky track, but Spiering was able to pull away from Jenkins for the upset win. He faces Castellana next round, Castellana has lane choice.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink




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