BUDDS CREEK - SATURDAY QUALIFYING

SATURDAY - Patrick Highlights Record-Setting Pro Stock Field

 

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Grabs #1 qualifier spot as well as $20,000 Torco’s CompetitionPlus.com Showdown win at President’s Cup Nationals; Gilbertson, Millican, Cannon and Tigges claim poles at Maryland International Raceway
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The Torco’s CompetitionPlus.com Pro Stock class has always been a fan favorite at Maryland International Raceway. Saturday, at the President’s Cup Nationals, Robert Patrick (Fredericksburg, Va.) cleaned up…clocking a 6.320 at 221.20 mph to claim the top qualifying spot. In the process, in the last round of Saturday night qualifying, he also defeated Frank Gugliotta (Mt. Airy, Md.) in the final round of the Torco’s CompetitionPlus.com Pro Stock Showdown to claim the $20,000 first prize.

“It was tough,” Patrick said of his big day at MIR. “The main thing is we have to go four rounds tomorrow. I’m a little bit whipped and I have to pull back in to get back to where I have to be. I’m tired now, but I have to try to go four rounds tomorrow to try to win this race. I have a good team and if I can do my job tomorrow I think we have a good chance.”

SATURDAY - Patrick Highlights Record-Setting Pro Stock Field

 

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Grabs #1 qualifier spot as well as $20,000 Torco’s CompetitionPlus.com Showdown win at President’s Cup Nationals; Gilbertson, Millican, Cannon and Tigges claim poles at Maryland International Raceway
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The Torco’s CompetitionPlus.com Pro Stock class has always been a fan favorite at Maryland International Raceway. Saturday, at the President’s Cup Nationals, Robert Patrick (Fredericksburg, Va.) cleaned up…clocking a 6.320 at 221.20 mph to claim the top qualifying spot. In the process, in the last round of Saturday night qualifying, he also defeated Frank Gugliotta (Mt. Airy, Md.) in the final round of the Torco’s CompetitionPlus.com Pro Stock Showdown to claim the $20,000 first prize.

“It was tough,” Patrick said of his big day at MIR. “The main thing is we have to go four rounds tomorrow. I’m a little bit whipped and I have to pull back in to get back to where I have to be. I’m tired now, but I have to try to go four rounds tomorrow to try to win this race. I have a good team and if I can do my job tomorrow I think we have a good chance.”

Bob Gilbertson (Charlotte, N.C.) continued his strong late-season surge by climbing to the top of the Knoll Gas-Torco Racing Fuels Pro Nitro Funny Car qualifying sheet with a 4.762 pass at 323.35 mph. Both the elapsed time and speed for Gilbertson are pending IHRA World Records. He must run within one percent of those numbers to officially break his own records, set in Epping, N.H. earlier in September.

Paul Lee, who Gilbertson defeated in the final at the IHRA Canadian Nationals in Cayuga last Monday, claimed the #2 qualifying position with a career-best 4.803 at 316.38 mph.

T.J. Zizzo (Lincolnshire, Ill.) claimed the #1 qualifying spot in the Knoll Gas-Torco Racing Fuels Pro Nitro Top Fuel class by putting down a 4.619 ay a track record 325.61 mph. Zizzo finished in front of Boise, Idaho resident Rick Cooper who clocked a 4.635 at 320.13 to lock down the #2 spot. Five-time defending IHRA Top Fuel World Champion Clay Millican (Drummonds, Tenn.) will enter eliminations third.
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Scott Cannon (Lyman, S.C.) highlighted the quickest Torco’s CompetitionPlus.com Pro Modified field in IHRA history by carding a 6.019 pass at 238.89 mph to claim the pole. Ray Commisso (Toronto, Ont.) took the #2 spot with a 6.033 at 239.44 mph. Ed Hoover finished on the bump spot with a 6.165…the quickest #16 qualifier in history.

cannonDSD_7784.jpgFred Tigges (Holbrook, Mass.) headlined a surprising Alcohol Funny Car qualifying field that should throw the season championship points race into turmoil. Rob Atchison, who entered the President’s Cup Nationals as the season points leader, failed to make the show and will be forced to watch Sunday eliminations. Tigges clocked a 5.749 at 244.74 mph to grab the pole while Mark Thomas, who entered the event second in the points standings, qualified second with a 5.778 at 247.61.

Professional eliminations for the Torco President’s Cup Nationals at Maryland International Raceway begin Sunday at 11 p.m. Final rounds start at 4:15 p.m.

First-round pairings for professional eliminations Sunday for the Torco Race Fuels President's Cup Nationals at Maryland International Raceway, the tenth of 11 events in the 2006 eMax Drag Racing Series. Pairings based on results in qualifying, which ended Saturday.



Top Fuel -- 1. T.J. Zizzo, 4.615 seconds, 325.61 mph vs. 5. Jim Cavalieri, 4.689, 313.15; 2. Rick Cooper, 4.635, 320.13
vs. 6. Scott Weis, 4.829, 254.76; 3. Clay Millican, 4.637, 313.29 vs. 7. Kevin Jones, 5.239, 214.93; 4. Bobby Lagana Jr., 4.683, 310.98 vs. 8. Roger Dean, 5.483, 225.03.

Nitro Funny Car -- 1. Bob Gilbertson, Dodge Stratus, 4.762, 323.35 vs. 5. Jack Wyatt, Pontiac Firebird, 5.217, 212.03; 2.Paul Lee, Chevy Monte Carlo, 4.803, 316.38 vs. 6. Vincent Arcadi, Monte Carlo, 5.779, 178.95; 3. Dale Creasy Jr., Monte Carlo,
4.880, 306.05 vs. 7. Jeff Diehl, Toyota Celica, 7.647, 115.18; 4. Andy Kelley, Firebird, 5.105, 221.45 vs. 8. Terry Haddock, Stratus, 7.864, 115.64.

Pro Modified --
1. Scott Cannon, Pontiac GTO, 6.019, 238.89 vs. 9. Mike Janis, Chevy Cobalt, 6.087, 236.01; 2. Raymond Commisso, Chevy Camaro, 6.033, 239.44 vs. 10. Quain Stott, Chevy Corvette, 6.094, 235.27; 3. Danny Rowe, Corvette, 6.042, 236.01 vs. 11. John Russo, Camaro, 6.096, 234.33; 4. Eddie Ware, Camaro, 6.059, 236.22 vs. 12. Jim Halsey, Camaro, 6.117, 231.08; 5. Tommy D'Aprile, Corvette, 6.063, 236.42 vs. 13. Mike Castellana, Chevy Cavalier, 6.121, 231.16; 6. Kenny Lang, Corvette, 6.075, 234.09 vs. 14. Glen Kerunsky, Chevy Bel Air, 6.147, 233.40; 7. Steve Bareman, Dodge Stratus, 6.084, 238.93 vs. 15. Billy Harper, Dodge Viper, 6.156, 226.62; 8. Carl Spiering, Camaro, 6.086, 235.64 vs. 16. Ed Hoover, Corvette, 6.165, 230.76.

Alcohol Funny Car -- 1. Frederick Tigges, Dodge Avenger, 5.749, 247.11 vs. 5. Rocky Hummel, Chevy Camaro, 5.872, 241.76; 2. Mark Thomas, Chevy Monte Carlo, 5.778, 247.61 vs. 6. Thomas Carter, Camaro, 5.892, 237.63; 3. Neal Parker, Monte Carlo, 5.838, 239.61 vs. 7. Tony Bogolo, Ford Mustang, 5.960, 231.24; 4. Terry Munroe, Monte Carlo, 5.850, 240.34 vs. 8. Larry Dobbs, Chevy Corvette, 5.962, 235.15.

Pro Stock -- 1. Robert Patrick, Shelby GT 500, 6.320, 221.20 vs. 9. Tony Gillig, Ford Mustang, 6.372, 218.72; 2. Pete Berner, Pontiac GTO, 6.348, 220.04 vs. 10. Jeff Dobbins, Ford Escort, 6.386, 218.34; 3. Steve Spiess, Chevy Cobalt, 6.357, 219.01 vs. 11. Jerry Haas, GTO, 6.393, 219.36; 4. Dan Sweeney, GTO, 6.360, 219.44 vs. 12. Brian Gahm, Mustang, 6.397, 219.01; 5. John Montecalvo, Cobalt, 6.360, 218.19 vs. 13. Cary Goforth, Cobalt, 6.399, 219.90; 6. Frank Gugliotta, Escort, 6.366, 220.80 vs. 14. Richard Penland, Escort, 6.413, 219.69; 7. John Nobile, Escort, 6.366, 219.86 vs. 15. Daniel Seamon, Mustang, 6.415, 218.94; 8. Rickie Smith, Cobalt, 6.372, 219.72 vs. 16. Bert Jackson, Chevy Cavalier, 6.416, 218.34.

 

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