The second round of qualifying for the IHRA Mopar Canadian Nationals presented by Mopar ran during the heat of Saturday afternoon – and even in Canada, at the Grand Bend Motorplex, it’s pushing 88 degrees – and while several drivers improved their times from the coolness of Friday night, there were no changes at the top of the grid.
Bob Malloy, the winner at the last race at Maryland International Raceway, is on top of Nitro Motorcycle with a run of 6.373 seconds at 207.66mph. Second is current champ Jay Turner at 6.596, 190.19mph.
In Pro Stock, Maryland winner and current points leader Cary Goforth has the fastest run at 6.284 and 220.80mph. Second was Trevor Eman, Maryland runner-up, with a run of 6.345 at 220.80mph.
Pro Mod points leader Billy Harper moved from fourth to second in the standings with an afternoon run of 6.040 and 238.41mph, but he still sits a spot behind Bruce Boland’s 5.984, 240.57mph.
And in the AMSOIL Nitro Funny Cars, IHRA champ Jason Rupert leads with a run of 5.602 at 255.82mph, just ahead of Mark Sanders in the Mr. Explosives car, with 5.725 and 250.13mph.
The first round of eliminations is set for 8:30 p.m. tonight, and times are expected to be the best of the weekend, given the cooler temperatures and the experience the teams now have with the cars and the track.