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Sat, 8 Jun 2002, 01:31 PM

Pro Stock Qualifying Notes, Session #3
By Larry Sullivan

GRAND BEND, Ont. - Notes from round 3 qualifying in Sunoco Race Fuels Pro Stock at the Hooters IHRA Drag Racing Series, Third annual Mopar Performance 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: John Montecalvo Runs 6.629/209.25, Now #3; Best prior run: 6.586/209.93, Was #3
Right Lane: Jason Collins Runs 6.643/210.18, Now #13; Best prior run: 6.669/209.93, Was #16

1:05 PM It's 72 degrees, relative humidity 74 percent. Montecalvo fails to improve, Collins improves and moves off the bump spot. Now the bump spot belongs to Wally Stroupe, at 6.665.

Left Lane: Carl Baker Runs 6.710/208.91, Now #10; Best prior run: 6.617/209.54, Was #10
Right Lane: Jeff Dobbins Runs 6.677/207.32, Now #12; Best prior run: 6.640/209.98, Was #12

Baker's car darted to the left on the launch, out of the groove, and flirted with the wall most of the way down the track.

Left Lane: Dwayne Rice Runs 6.643/209.44, Now #6; Best prior run: 6.596/209.39, Was #6
Right Lane: Charlie Peppers Runs 6.644/206.37, Now #4; Best prior run: 6.591/209.83, Was #4

Two good-looking runs, straight and smooth, but neither improved over yesterday.

Left Lane: Chris Holbrook No Time, Now #5; Best prior run: 6.594/210.18, Was #5
Right Lane: Brian Gahm Runs 6.654/207.90, Now #1; Best prior run: 6.565/211.61, Was #1

Holbrook's car stopped at the end of the burnout and was pushed from the track, a small trail of fluid visible on the launch pad. It's water...Gahm took his time and staged carefully - no improvement. So far, the cars that made good runs yesterday are falling off a few hundredths of a second from that pace and Collins is the only driver who has stepped up.

Left Lane: Steve Spiess Runs 6.654/207.66, Now #15; Best prior run: 0.000/210.18, Was #94
Right Lane: Ron Miller Runs 6.665/206.18, Now #7; Best prior run: 0.000/211.61, Was #65

Spiess improves slightly, stays 15th on the ladder.

Left Lane: Larry O'Brien Runs 6.700/206.99, Now #18; Best prior run: 6.706/206.65, Was #18
Right Lane: Anthony Paone Runs 6.835/201.83, Now #19; Best prior run: 6.738/204.73, Was #19

O'Brien improves slightly but remains in the second-alternate slot.

Left Lane: Wally Stroupe Runs 6.703/206.61, Now #16; Best prior run: 6.665/207.32, Was #16
Right Lane: Doug Kirk Runs 13.823/49.77, Now #2; Best prior run: 6.586/210.52, Was #2

Kirk's car broke something about 300 feet out, the car reacting violently. Stroupe remains on the bubble...

Left Lane: Chuck DeMory Runs 6.715/206.46, Now #19; Best prior run: 6.777/204.77, Was #20
Right Lane: Rick Jones Runs 6.693/206.94, Now #14; Best prior run: 6.643/209.01, Was #14

DeMory makes a step in the right direction, but is still short of the field.

Left Lane: Billy Huff Runs 6.794/175.84, Now #21; Best prior run: 9.517/88.67, Was #21
Right Lane: Tim Nabors Runs 6.666/207.08, Now #9; Best prior run: 6.612/202.61, Was #9

Huff logged a full pass here, but he's still got a long way to go. Like most already in the field, Nabors loses five hundredths from yesterday and can't even beat the bump time today.

Left Lane: Frank Gugliotta Runs 6.849/201.65, Now #17; Best prior run: 6.690/203.98, Was #17
Right Lane: Elijah Morton Runs 10.111/87.45, Now #8; Best prior run: 6.605/210.08, Was #8

Morton's car got way out of shape and scared the daylights out of the 330-foot timing reflector. His car crossed the centerline, so the run doesn't count anyway. Gugliotta was slow off the line and off the competitive pace all the way.

Right Lane: John Bartunek Runs 6.679/206.65, Now #11; Best prior run: 6.631/208.09, Was #11

Last car, same deal. One more round, this evening, will set the field.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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