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Sat, 3 Jun 2000, 08:54 PM

GRAND BEND - Mopar Pro Modified Qualifying Notes, Final Session
By Larry Sullivan

GRAND BEND, Ont. - Notes from final, round 3 qualifying in Mopar Pro Modified at the Inaugural Mopar Parts Canadian Nationals presented by Castrol listing lane, driver name, elapsed time/top speed this round, position in order following run, best prior elapsed time/speed, and position in order prior to run:

Left Lane: Harold Martin Runs 9.228/126.29, Now #21; Best prior run: 9.828/112.90, Was #20
Right Lane: Pat Moore Runs 6.548/214.38, Now #15; No Prior Run

8:06 PM Final session, Chris Cline on the bubble at 6.563. Martin was once again all o0ver the lane and had to lift. Moore gutted it out to bump Cline, putting "the Ice Man" Shannon Jenkins on the bubble at 6.551.

Left Lane: Chris Cline Runs 7.235/21.39, Now #17; Best prior run: 6.563/210.37, Was #17
Right Lane: Matt Tolbert Runs 8.334/110.24, Now #21; Best prior run: 17.832/53.48, Was #25

Both cars were very loose and both drivers were forced to abandon their final qualifying effort.

Left Lane: Ronnie Hood Runs 6.423/216.08, Now #5; Best prior run: 6.404/217.44, Was #5
Right Lane: Quain Stott Runs 6.492/215.77, Now #10; Best prior run: 6.446/218.23, Was #10

Talk about guiding race cars with the force of willpower, both these cars did their best to get away from their driver and both drivers prevailed. Two sets of snaking tire tracks went from start to finish when they were done.

Left Lane: Tommy Gray Runs 10.681/79.27, Now #12; Best prior run: 6.478/210.32, Was #12
Right Lane: Carl Spiering Runs 6.313/221.45, Now #2; Best prior run: 6.358/214.08, Was #2

Gray's "Undertaker" took dead aim on the 330-foot marker and he had to lift. Spiering made a very nice run, knocking a few "hun" off his prior best, now only 0.04 seconds behind the fleet Freddie Hahn.

Left Lane: Mike Castellana Runs 8.505/95.12, Now #22; Best prior run: 10.602/77.19, Was #23
Right Lane: Mitch Stott Runs 6.443/218.12, Now #10; Best prior run: 6.513/214.33, Was #13

Castellana's car also took dead aim on the 330-foot marker and he, too, had to lift. Stott drove it all the was through on a solid pass to move away from the bump spot.

Left Lane: Ed Hoover Runs 6.431/218.92, Now #9; Best prior run: 6.434/218.49, Was #9
Right Lane: Al Hinds Runs 8.086/124.22, Now #18; Best prior run: 7.772/179.39, Was #18

Hoover almost matches his prior best, run in the other lane, so he looks good for eliminations. Hinds' car was all over the lane, darting toward the wall every time he hit the throttle.

Left Lane: Alan Pittman Runs 6.381/213.82, Now #5; Best prior run: 23.068/30.11, Was #26
Right Lane: Billy Harper No Time, Now #20; Best prior run: 7.917/115.47, Was #19

Harper's Viper had a nitrous explosion on the line, lifting the hood scoop and starting a small fire under the hood. Pittman ignores all the fuss and lays down a good run, taming the car's initial tendency to go to the right. That bumps Jenkins, putting Pat Moore on the bubble at 6.548.

Left Lane: David Roemer Runs 16.349/59.51, Now #27; No Prior Run
Right Lane: Mike Janis Runs 17.150/44.38, Now #8; Best prior run: 6.421/188.99, Was #8

Two ugly runs here, Janis sending the photographers scattering when his '63 Corvette started fishtailing and skated toward the wall and Roemer all over the left lane before pulling the plug.

Left Lane: Tim McAmis Runs 6.621/185.10, Now #13; Best prior run: 6.454/216.76, Was #13
Right Lane: Steve Cossis Runs 6.375/217.02, Now #4; Best prior run: 6.429/216.60, Was #9

Nice pass by Cossis to move into a lane-choice situation for tomorrow.

Left Lane: Shannon Jenkins Runs 6.486/208.62, Now #16; Best prior run: 6.551/218.39, Was #17
Right Lane: Dale Brinsfield Runs 6.447/215.62, Now #13; Best prior run: 6.517/215.77, Was #15

Wow! "The Ice Man" barely makes it into the field, replacing Moore on the bubble.

Left Lane: Steve Vick Runs 6.872/180.21, Now #19; Best prior run: 10.685/79.21, Was #25
Right Lane: Ed Wasserbeck No Time, Now #22; Best prior run: 8.150/124.44, Was #21

Vick's car destroyed the engine on this pass, the smoke getting heavier and heavier, but he never lifted. Then there were several separate flashes of flame from under the car and the call finally came, "we've got oil." By then the following pair had already done their burnouts, but it looks like they will have plenty of time to cool off. The smoke was so heavy that it stopped the ET clock in Wasserbeck's lane at 6.87 seconds, obviously invalid since he was clocked at over eight seconds for the first 1,000 feet.

Left Lane: Roy Wasko Runs 6.700/200.75, Now #8; Best prior run: 6.414/217.81, Was #8
Right Lane: Kevin O'Dell Runs 13.252/61.29, Now #26; Best prior run: 14.240/36.32, Was #26

Critchley and Hahn were supposed to be next, but they were still cooling off and this pair pulled out of the staging lanes instead. O'Dell shook hard once again and called it a weekend. Wasko tried very hard, but trailed lots of black smoke and the car was sluggish.

Right Lane: Al Billes Runs 6.398/219.94, Now #5; Best prior run: 6.377/222.60, Was #5

Billes came up set on "kill," trying to better Hahn's Instead the car was sluggish off the line and didn't come close.

Left Lane: Troy Critchley Runs 6.365/217.60, Now #3; Best prior run: 6.362/212.81, Was #3
Right Lane: Fred Hahn Runs 6.179/226.87, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.279/221.45, Was #1

Critchley made two attempts at a burnout and the car turned sideways twice. His run was as straight as a Pro Mod can run, right down the groove. In the other lane, Hahn also had his car set on "Kill" and he delivered with the quickest pass in Pro Mod history. He'll need a 6.240 to back that up as a World record.

That's it for Pro Mod qualifying, the Summit Racing Corvette on the pole with an awesome edge on the competition.

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