Grand Bend: Angelo Alesci scores runner-up

Alesci's Chevrolet Runs Strong North of the Border at the IHRA Mopar Parts Canadian Nationals GRAND BEND, Ont. - Angelo Alesci enjoyed a great weekend north of the border despite the wet weather, which hampered the 2nd annual IHRA Mopar ...

Alesci's Chevrolet Runs Strong North of the Border at the IHRA Mopar Parts Canadian Nationals

GRAND BEND, Ont. - Angelo Alesci enjoyed a great weekend north of the border despite the wet weather, which hampered the 2nd annual IHRA Mopar Parts Canadian Nationals all weekend, but failed to dampen the spirit of the racers and the fans. When it was all said and done, he reached the finals.

Alesci opened qualifying with a safe 6.753 at 205.71 mph during Friday's lone session to grab the No. 5 position on the ladder. The Cleveland, Ohio businessman returned Saturday and was progressively quicker as he used the second session to improve to a 6.695/206.51 to move up to the No. 4 spot. Alesci returned in his 813 cubic inch Oldsmobile powered Cavalier to post an impressive 6.629/205.76 to grab the No. 2 qualifying position.

Alesci had lane choice over Wally Stroupe going into the first round of eliminations on Sunday. The Cavalier of the"Men in Black" left first on Stroupe with a .458 to .494 reaction time and never looked back, posting a victorious 6.613/209.01 to Stroupe's game 6.769/204.35. Alesci would enjoy lane choice again in the second round, where he would face John Konigshofer.

Fortunately for Alesci, his Cavalier had the horsepower to overcome a great .426 to .496 reaction time by Konigshofer in their quarterfinal match up. In a classic Chevy versus Ford battle, Alesci's Cavalier was able to run down the Probe with a 6.612/208.62 to a 6.839/195.10. Once again Alesci would pick his lane as he went into the semifinals to face No. 6 qualifier, Tom Lee.

In one of the tightest races in Sunoco Pro Stock all weekend, Alesci advanced to the final round at the Canadian Nationals with a 6.664/208.52 to Lee's 6.651/194.00. Alesci would face No. 1 qualifier Gene Wilson in the money round, with Alesci losing lane choice for the first time during eliminations.

In a dramatic final round, Wilson left the starting line first and lead all the way to the finish line. Alesci was close, carding a 6.638/208.23 to Wilson's winning 6.618/208.76. It was Alesci first final round of the 2001 IHRA season as the "Men in Black" let everyone at Grand Bend know that they are for real.

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-MiB-

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Drivers Gene Wilson , Angelo Alesci