IHRA: Goforth soars north of the border at Grand Bend

IHRA: Goforth soars north of the border at Grand Bend


IHRA: Goforth soars north of the border at Grand Bend


IHRA Pro Stock driver Cary Goforth dominated the class last weekend at Maryland International Speedway, and if first-round qualifying is any indication, the Holdenville, Okla. brought his good fortune north of the border for the Mopar Canadian Nationals at Grand Bend Raceway in Ontario, Canada.

Goforth’s run on a tricky right lane barely edged out the car qualifying next to him, Trevor Eman’s Aruba-backed Ford Mustang in a replay of the final round at Maryland. Goforth’s Chevrolet Camaro ran 6.284 seconds at 220.80 mph, to Eman’s 6.345 at an identical 220.80 mph, good enough for second in qualifying.

In third was Dean Goforth, Cary’s father, proving speed runs in the family with a clean pass at 6.363 and 220.37 mph. J.R. Carr was fourth, followed by John Konigshofer – the points leader going into Maryland, but he wasn’t able to qualify – then Larry O’Brien, John DeFlorian and Matt Bertsch. Tony Pontieri attempted to make a pass in his Chevrolet, but the car wouldn’t go into reverse so he’ll try again Saturday.

Like Cary Goforth, Bob Malloy is continuing to ride last week’s win and record-setting speed in Nitro Motorcycle, making a 6.373 run at 207.66 mph. Malloy, or Elkton, Maryland, out-qualified reigning series champ Jay Turner, who qualified second at 6,596 at 190.19 mph. All the bikers were having trouble figuring out the track, which received a new 300-foot concrete launch pad over the winter, so times should fall and speeds should rise on Saturday.

In Pro Modified, local driver Bruce Boland had fast time in his 2014 Camaro at 5.984 at 240.57, the only driver in the class with a run quicker than six seconds. Sam Andreacchi was second in his 1969 Camaro at 6.070 and 238.79mph. IHRA points leader Billy Harper, whose engine failed before the first round of qualifying at Maryland, qualified fourth today.

And in AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car, current champ Jason Rupert drove his 1969 Camaro to the top of the charts with a run of 5.602 at 255.82 mph. Second was Mark Sanders in his 1970 Ford Mustang at 5.725 and 250.13 mph. Close behind was Paul Romine, then Mike McIntire, Shawn Bowen, Tim Boychuk, last week’s winner, then Greg Jacobsmeyer and Steve Nichols.

There was a scary moment during Summit Racing Pro Am qualifying, when Rich Kent of Aurora, Illinois, lost control of his 1972 Mercury Comet, veered from the right lane into the left lane wall, and turned over. Kent was uninjured, and the car suffered less damage than you’d expect.

Competition resumes on Saturday at 9 a.m., with Pro qualifying sessions at 3 and 5 p.m., with the first round of Pro Eliminations at 8 p.m. Log onto GrandBendMotorplex.ca for more information.

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