GRAND BEND, Ontario --
Friday night, Lagana looked like he hasn't missed a beat.
Coming off of a weekend sweep at the IHRA national event in Edmonton just two weeks ago, Lagana (Scarsdale, N.Y.) continued his dominance on the IHRA's Canadian tour with a top run of the night during opening night at the Mopar Nitro Jam Nationals presented by Parts Canada at the Grand Bend Motorplex.
IHRA's professional classes got a qualifying hit at the track Friday night in preparation for Saturday and Sunday's eliminations, with Friday's qualifying setting the pairings for Sunday's single Nitro Jam round. Lagana led the charge with a chart-topping 4.916 second pass at 313.29 miles per hour. He beat Kyle Wurtzel, Grand Bend's other winner a year ago, in a great side-by-side drag race as Wurtzel produced a 5.056, 249.49 lap.
Wrapping up the evening was an exhibition pass of Mountain Motor Pro Stocks running the IHRA quarter-mile for the first time since 2009 as Canadian John Konigshofer led the way with a 6.440, 219.01 in his first quarter-mile pass in his brand new Mustang-bodied machine.
Racing will continue on Saturday with sportsman qualifying beginning at 9 a.m. followed by round two of PMRA qualifying and one round of Fuel Altered at 4:30 p.m. and two rounds of Nitro Jam professional competition beginning at 7 p.m.
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