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Carl Baker Leads Qualifying at Rain-shortened
IHRA Sunoco World Nationals

By IHRA Communications
Photos by Vic Cooke

Hometown hero Mark Thomas put the Ethanol Performs machine into the early number two spot. Photo by Vic Cooke
Hometown hero Mark Thomas took the early number two spot in Pro Funny Car.
Photo by Vic Cooke

NORWALK, Ohio - Carl Baker, of N. Ridgeville, Ohio, led first day Sunoco Pro Stock qualifying for the IHRA Sunoco World Nationals at Norwalk, Ohio.

Other number one qualifiers in the professional categories include Steve Stordeur, Goshen, Ohio, in Screamin' Eagle Nitro Harley-Davidson, Shannon Jenkins, Tuscaloosa, Ala., in Pro Modified; and Dale Brand, Sully, Iowa, in Funny Car.

The Top Sportsman cars were out in all their variety. Photo by Vic Cooke
The Top Sportsman cars were out in all their variety. Photo by Vic Cooke

Rain postponed Friday evening qualifying. Qualifying continues Saturday at Noon with championship eliminations Sunday. The Sunoco World Nationals is the ninth stop on the twelve-race Hooters IHRA Racing Series.

NORWALK, Ohio -- Results Friday after qualifying for the 25th annual Sunoco World Nationals presented by Ethanol at Norwalk Raceway Park, ninth of 12 events in the Hooters IHRA Drag Racing Series. Qualifying will continue Saturday for Sunday's final eliminations.

Top Fuel -- Qualifying begins Saturday.

Mike Janis and Alan Pittman lined up for a GREAT 6.40 to 6.40 match to grab the 6 and 7 positions. Photo by Vic Cooke
Mike Janis and Alan Pittman had a GREAT 6.40 to 6.40 match to grab the 6 and 7 spots.
Photo by Vic Cooke

Pro Modified -- 1. Shannon Jenkins, Chevy Camaro, 6.306, 221.67; 2. Ed Hoover, Chevy Corvette, 6.329, 222.47; 3. Mitch Stott, Corvette, 6.353, 223.36; 4. Quain Stott, Corvette, 6.387, 224.66; 5. Tim McAmis, Corvette, 6.388, 220.15; 6. Mike Janis, Corvette, 6.405, 223.58; 7. Alan Pittman, Willys, 6.407, 220.19; 8. Mike Castellana, Willys, 6.412, 217.53; 9. Ronnie Hood, Corvette, 6.429, 222.11; 10. Al Billes, Studebaker, 6.431, 221.52; 11. Pat Moore, Chevy Bel Air, 6.434, 216.76; 12. Mike Lockwood, Corvette, 6.437, 220.73; 13. Carl Spiering, Bel Air, 6.437, 220.19; 14. David Roemer, Camaro, 6.444, 216.38; 15. Charles Carpenter, Bel Air, 6.450, 219.90; 16. Thomas Patterson, Corvette, 6.457, 222.14.

Steve Stordeur lead Nitro Harley qualifying with a record 6.37. Photo by Vic Cooke
Steve Stordeur lead Nitro Harley qualifying with a record 6.37. Photo by Vic Cooke

Nitro Harley -- 1. Steve Stordeur, 6.377, 215.27; 2. Johnny Mancuso, 6.524, 208.65; 3. Mike Romine, 6.563, 188.91; 4. Mark Cox, 6.727, 170.97; 5. Jack Romine, 6.786, 194.38; 6. Doug Vancil, 6.996, 146.30; 7. Steve Moore, 7.012, 188.36; 8. Steve Hopkins, 7.017, 185.84.

Dale Brand (left) took the top spot in Pro Funny Car, but Jimmy Rector (right) is not yet in the show. Photo by Vic Cooke
Dale Brand (L) took the top spot in Pro Funny Car, but Jimmy Rector (R) is not yet in.
Photo by Vic Cooke

Funny Car -- 1. Dale Brand, Pontiac Firebird, 5.926, 238.26; 2. Mark Thomas, Dodge Avenger, 5.956, 237.30; 3. Laurie Cannister, Chevy Camaro, 5.992, 238.51; 4. Chris Foster, Avenger, 6.006, 235.35; 5. Rob Atchison, Firebird, 6.007, 232.39; 6. Tony Bogolo, Oldsmobile Achieva, 6.009, 237.71; 7. Joe Comella, Firebird, 6.075, 233.20; 8. Mike Comella, Avenger, 6.098, 232.39; 9. Fred Tigges, Camaro, 6.120, 233.28; 10. Terry Munroe, Firebird, 6.145, 200.89; 11. Bunny Burkett, Avenger, 6.225, 229.16; 12. John Vouros, Firebird, 6.254, 181.25; 13. Steve Ruda, Avenger, 6.261, 224.73; 14. Dave Ray, Ford Mustang, 6.266, 222.00; 15. Ronnie Midyette, Camaro, 6.276, 230.02; 16. Mike Etter, Firebird, 6.346, 225.37.

Carl Baker took the early qualifying lead at Norwalk Friday night. Photo by Vic Cooke
Carl Baker took the early qualifying lead at Norwalk Friday night. Photo by Vic Cooke

Pro Stock -- 1. Carl Baker, Mercury Cougar, 6.674, 207.82; 2. Chris Holbrook, Cougar, 6.677, 208.71; 3. John Konigshofer, Cougar, 6.684, 208.55; 4. John Montecalvo, Chevy Cavalier, 6.699, 206.61; 5. Jeff Dobbins, Ford Probe, 6.701, 208.33; 6. Tim Nabors, Cavalier, 6.703, 206.20; 7. Steve Williford, Cavalier, 6.707, 207.11; 8. Dwayne Rice, Pontiac Grand Am, 6.709, 206.42; 9. John Bartunek, Grand Am, 6.715, 205.63; 10. Hank Hill, Probe, 6.717, 209.07; 11. Pete Berner, Ford Mustang, 6.717, 206.99; 12. Brian Gahm, Mustang, 6.731, 204.79; 13. Doug Kirk, Cavalier, 6.732, 207.05; 14. Elijah Morton, Mustang, 6.733, 206.54; 15. Steve Spiess, Grand Am, 6.734, 206.48; 16. Billy Huff, Cougar, 6.744, 207.43.

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