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Fri, 10 Jun 2005, 07:39 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 2005 Hooters IHRA Drag Racing Series, Sixth annual Mopar Canadian Nationals presented by Castrol listing lane, driver name, elapsed time, top speed, and position in order following run:
Left Lane: Ron Miller Runs 6.746/206.01, Now #1
Right Lane: Ed Machacek Runs 6.874/208.62, Now #2

7:14 p.m. Weather conditions: air temperature 84 degrees, relative humidity 59 percent, barometer 29.32 inches, adjusted altitude 2,668 feet, track temperature 114 degrees.

The "Night of Fire" is kicking off a bit early and the thunder and lightning south of the track help explain why.

Both cars made snaking, crooked launches, killing a lot of elapsed time.

Left Lane: Sylvester Barnes Runs 6.964/202.24, Now #4
Right Lane: Larry O'Brien Runs 6.646/209.82, Now #1

Barnes' car was very loose in the first half of the run. Clean run by O'Brien.

Left Lane: Dwayne Rice Runs 8.729/110.06, Now #6
Right Lane: Doug Kirk Runs 6.636/210.73, Now #1

There's a rainbow southeast of the track...hopefully, they will get the brunt of it tonight and we'll get luckyRice shook and lifted. Clean pass by Kirk with the best speed so far.

Left Lane: John Konigshofer Runs 6.689/207.66, Now #3

Konigshofer tried both sides of the groove on a snaking run.

Left Lane: Chuck DeMory Runs 6.623/209.26, Now #1
Right Lane: Richard Penland Runs 6.821/207.37, Now #6

Nice run by DeMory, right down the groove. Penland's car was wagging its tail a lot on his run.

Left Lane: Elijah Morton Runs 6.713/206.83, Now #6
Right Lane: John Montecalvo Runs 6.546/212.63, Now #1

Montecalvo's car was left of the groove, one tire in, one out, and he still ran low ET and top speed so far, by a bunch. Morton's run looked a lot tamer, but it wasn't nearly as quick.

Left Lane: Brian Gahm Runs 15.824/78.71, Now #13
Right Lane: Frank Gugliotta Runs 6.548/212.03, Now #2

Gahm had an accident during testing and is driving with sore ribs, so the severe tire shake he encountered on the launch was exactly not what he was looking for. Nice run by Gugliotta, clean and smooth, with the second-best ET and speed so far.

Left Lane: Pete Berner Runs 6.620/210.97, Now #3
Right Lane: John Nobile Runs 6.634/211.83, Now #5

Berner's car made a move toward the wall on the launch and he did a nice job of bringing it back without lifting. Nobile's run was less eventful, but not as quick.

Left Lane: Rick Jones Runs 6.591/212.59, Now #4
Right Lane: Tony Gillig Runs 6.530/212.86, Now #1

Gillig made a nice, smooth, straight run to take top speed and low ET so far. Nice run by Jones, also, but Gillig ran away from him in the first half of the run.

Left Lane: Jerry Haas Runs 6.605/211.69, Now #5
Right Lane: Daniel Seamon No Time, Now #20

Both cars had a lot of tire spin on the launch, Haas gathering it up nicely while Seamon's car did its best to cross the centerline. He almost pulled it off, but got enough of the stripe to DQ the run. Didn't matter, he lifted anyway.

Left Lane: Steve Spiess Runs 6.562/212.90, Now #5
Right Lane: Robert Patrick Runs 6.531/213.37, Now #2

Spiess' car did a lot of dancing around on the launch, hurting his time. Patrick made a nice, clean, straight run to move into the #2 spot. Richard Penland is on the bump spot at 6.821 after one round.

Timing data courtesy of CompuLink

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