Rain sends dragsters to extra Monday session for Canadian Nationals at Cayuga


CAYUGA – With a little co-operation from Mother Nature, the International Hot Rod Association’s eliminations of the Canadian Nationals at Toronto Motorsports Park will wrap up today.

While round one of Top Fuel, Nitro Funny Car, Pro Modified and Pro Stock divisions were completed on the weekend, one pair of cars remains in the Alcohol Funny Car class.

They’ll get their chance starting at 9 a.m. at the Cayuga strip. The professional sessions are scheduled for 10 a.m., 12 noon and 1:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Dale Creasy Jr. raced to the top of the Knoll Gas – Torco Racing Fuels Pro Nitro Funny Car qualifying with a 4.946-second run. Other No. 1 qualifiers include Doug Foley (Top Fuel), Tony Pontieri (Pro Modified), Robert Patrick (Pro Stock) and Mark Thomas (Alcohol Funny Car).

Creasy came into this event leading the points in a very tight chase with Jack Wyatt and Bob Gilbertson. Based on qualifying, he’s gained a point over Wyatt, who is qualified second, and six points on Gilbertson, in the 7th spot. In addition, the No. 1 spot earned Creasy a first round bye, as the field is set with only seven cars.

Because of rains delays and washouts, the fields are set based on round one of qualifying. Foley, the current points leader, who has never lost a round of competition at Toronto Motorsports Park, is No. 1 with a 4.791/318.99. Clay Millican is second with a 4.795, followed by Rick Cooper and Bobby Lagana Jr.

The Torco’s CompetitionPlus.com Pro Modified class was highlighted by Toronto’s Pontieri jumping to the No. 1 qualifying position with a track record-setting 6.060/236.38. Tommy D’Aprile is second, followed by Jim Halsey and Danny Rowe. Scott Cannon Jr. is on the bump with a 6.259.

The Torco’s CompetitionPlus.com Pro Stock qualifying changed little from Friday. Patrick, Fredericksburg, Va., sits in the first position with his 6.393/217.11 pass from round one. He’s trailed by Brian Gahm, Lucasville, Ohio, Frank Gugliotta and Steve Spiess. Elijah Morton sits on the bump-spot with a 6.480/214.35.

In Alcohol Funny Car, Thomas, Louisville, Ohio, remained in the No. 1 spot with his Friday night 5.831/244.83 run. Defending world champion and London, Ontario-native Rob Atchison improved on his position, jumping to the No. 2 spot with a 5.854/244.47. Terry Munroe, Tom Carter and Paul Noakes round out the top five.