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Another incredible battle took shape in IHRA’s AMSOIL Nitro Funny Car class as three-time Rocky Mountain Nationals champion Tim Boychuk and defending event winner Tim Nemeth continued to trade the top spot in the class. While Nemeth held down the No. 1 qualifying position for most of the weekend, Boychuk got the best of him in the “Forever Forward” ’77 Firebird in his final pass of the night.
Boychuk, an Edmonton native, sits first entering Sunday eliminations with a 5.867 at 234.17, just ahead of Nemeth in the “Iceman” ’77 Firebird with a 5.941 at 241.58. Devery Howard, in the “Twig Zeigler” tribute ’74 Satellite, is third with a 5.982 at 241.32.
Another former Edmonton winner, Damian Cownden, will lead the Drag Specialties Nitro Bike category into Sunday with a chart-topping 6.596 at 216.27 pass. Nate Gagnon, IHRA’s most recent winner in Nitro Bike, is second with a 6.638 at 219.26.
Jet Dragster wrapped up IHRA’s traditional professional program as Marisha Falk, from Port Orange, Florida, qualified first with a 5.858 at 267.59 in the Embry-Riddle jet-powered dragster, just edging out team-leader Elaine Larsen in the Miller Welding jet dragster with a 5.897 at 265.59.
Special to the Rocky Mountain Nationals program, Pro 6.90 and Pro Modified finalized qualifying for their two 16-car fields and got underway on Saturday with first round eliminations.
Joey Steckler, from Edmonton, qualified first on Saturday and remained in competition entering championship Sunday after besting No. 16 qualifier Scott Bourdin during the evening session. No. 2 qualifier Norm Kolwich dropped his first round matchup to Landon Goudreau with a 7.007 to a 7.376 in the 6.90-index class. Troy Sitko and Ryan Hodgson, also qualifying in the top five, advanced on Saturday.
Four of the top five qualifiers in Pro Modified also advanced to Sunday’s final eliminations. Top qualifier Joe Delehay, another Edmonton native, received a competition bye in the 16-car field. Ryan Hodgson, Toni Moretto and Glen Kerunsky also advanced to Sunday.