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Fri, 2 Jun 2006, 05:29 PM

Pro Stock Qualifying Notes, Session #1
By Larry Sullivan

GRAND BEND, Ont. - Notes from round 1 qualifying in Torco Race Fuels Pro Stock at the 2006 eMax Drag Racing Series, Mopar Canadian Nationals presented by Castrol listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, and position in order following run:
Left Lane: John Konigshofer Runs 6.520/214.03, Now #2
Right Lane: Ron Miller Runs 6.497/211.66, Now #1

5:00 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 70 degrees, relative humidity 50 percent, barometer 29.49 inches,adjusted altitude 1,434 feet, track temperature 81 degrees.

It has been overcast, but dry, all day, so the track should be as good as it will be any time this weekend and we could well see the best Pro Stock runs of the weekend on the first shot.

Miller's Cavalier made a move out toward the wall enroute to a good set of numbers - the detour probably cost him a hundredth or so. Not records, but Miller's ET and Konigshofer's speed are not far off the track marks of 6.476 and 214.83.

Left Lane: Dwayne Rice Runs 6.522/212.46, Now #3
Right Lane: Bob Bertsch Runs 6.620/211.51, Now #4

Rice's run looked good most of the way, but he gave up a couple hundredths to Miller earl on and could not make it up.

Left Lane: Jason Collins Runs 6.487/213.16, Now #1
Right Lane: Michael Bruno Runs 7.217/135.44, Now #6

Bruno's car made a hard move toward the centerline and started to get loose in the middle of the run, so he put the chute out early to straighten it out well before the line. Meanwhile, Collins took over the top spot on a string-straight run.

Right Lane: Tim Dooley Runs 6.513/214.54, Now #3

Nice run by Dooley, still looking for his first race-day start. That's a career-best elapsed time for him, by a thousandth.

Left Lane: Elijah Morton Runs 6.479/214.59, Now #1
Right Lane: Dan Sweeney Runs 8.729/106.18, Now #9

Sweeney's car made a very hard move toward the centerline and then got loose, so he lifted. Morton came up 0.003 seconds and 0.24 mph short of the track records.

Left Lane: Cary Goforth Runs 6.423/215.25, Now #1
Right Lane: Ed Machacek Runs 6.574/195.14, Now #8

Goforth went forth and clobbered the track records, both ends! That's also a career-best elapsed time for the rookie. machacek spun the tires hard and lost a lot of time early in the run.

Left Lane: Jerry Haas Runs 6.449/215.87, Now #2
Right Lane: John Bartunek Runs 6.480/217.12, Now #4

Goforth's teammate and teacher Haas also ran under the previous track ET record and obliterated Goforth's track speed record before the ink was even dry. However, when Bartunek crossed the line, Haas' fresh record was history too, by over one mph!!

Left Lane: Rick Jones Runs 6.441/216.29, Now #3
Right Lane: Pete Berner Runs 6.420/216.45, Now #1

Okay, don't put those erasers awat quite yet. Berner laid claim to the track elapsed time record and Jones wasn't far behind.

Left Lane: John Montecalvo Runs 6.456/215.31, Now #5
Right Lane: Richard Penland Runs 6.646/186.48, Now #15

Penland's car was very loose in the first 660 feet and there was some smoke from the engine on the top end, the chutes out early. Nice run by Montecalvo, but it was only good for fifth in this record-setting session - and the really quick cars are still in line to run.

Left Lane: Robert Patrick Runs 6.409/217.02, Now #1
Right Lane: Larry O'Brien Runs 6.475/215.20, Now #7

Patrick debuted his brand-new '06 GT 500 Mustang for this event, and it's not only a gorgeous car, it's a very quick car, easily knocking another hundredth off the track elapsed time record on its maiden IHRA voyage.

Left Lane: Steve Spiess Runs 6.424/216.19, Now #4
Right Lane: Rob Mansfield Runs 6.459/215.72, Now #8

Spiess came close, but his car did a little wiggle just off the starting line and that may have been the difference.

Left Lane: John Nobile Runs 6.423/217.33, Now #4
Right Lane: Jeff Dobbins Runs 6.415/217.70, Now #2

Two more great runs, making it 11 cars under the previous track elapsed time record so far this session.

Left Lane: Tony Gillig Runs 6.425/216.55, Now #8
Right Lane: Frank Gugliotta Runs 6.393/218.28, Now #1

Last pair of a very quick round and Gugliotta turned in the first-ever "thirty" and the first-ever 218 mph speed at the Grand Bend Motorplex. Gillig made a great run, but it put him right in the middle of the field, the 13th driver than the pre-race track record in this first session.

With two qualifying sessions left, it's "The Flying Meatball" atop the field and Jason Collins is on the bump spot at 6.487.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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