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The latest update as of August 27, 1999


At the IHRA World Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio, Glen May debuted his brand new Scotty Cannon-built Ford Ranger pickup this morning in the rain-delayed first Pro Mod qualifying session. And he didn't do too badly for the first time out with a new piece. How about a 6.481 -- 209.01 for starters? The report reads: "The inaugural pass is a good one, the car drifting left and May smoothly driving it back into the groove for a top-half (of the field) run out of the box".

With all the heavy hitters in the Pro Mod ranks attending this event, the session ended with a very tough 6.55 bubble; even the eleventh alternate (of the 36 cars attending) ran a very respectable 6.77. Glen's 6.48 ultimately placed him 9th, but with three sessions still remaining, there is room and time for improvement. We'll try to keep updating this page with the May story throughout the weekend. It looks like it could get very interesting.

While you're waiting for those results to come through, check out the story of Glen's "Dream Season" in our Press Clippings index. While it's still a "work in progress", much of the background to his IHRA campaign this year is already in place. (We'll be adding a few more stories to the page throughout the weekend).

Results from the second (of four) qualifying sessions at the World Nationals: Glen failed to improve on his first-up 6.48 and slipped back to
# 12 qualifier. The report from the track went like this: "May's new Ranger was slow off the starting line this round, but otherwise clean." With two sessions remaining, the bubble is now down to 6.495 and the first 15 alternates are in the sixes. It's getting tough, but as the old saying goes: "when the going gets tough..."

In other news from Norwalk, the Alcohol Funny Car field is positively littered with Canadian cars, with four Ontario racers entered. And Paul Noakes from London is the low qualifier after the first (of three) sessions with a very good (by IHRA standards) 5.963 at 236.34. Following him in the field (of 35 cars) in the # 9 spot is veteran Herb Rodgers (6.076 - 230.21) and in # 12 is Larry "Kardiac Kids" Dobbs (6.095 - 226.77). Currently on the outside looking in is Rob Atchison who's first effort ended when he crossed the centreline at the 330' mark. The bubble stands at 6.24, but should drop at least a tenth with tomorrow's two sessions.

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