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The pushrod cars received a slight weight break just before Joliet, and Brian McCormick appeared to use the most of that break to run a 9.70 in qualifying, even in the heat. Brian's Vortech-supercharged car has been running well, and he's really found a groove with the car. However, he redlit against Jim Breese in Round 2 with a 0.378 reaction time (0.400 is perfect, so Brian barely missed it). What's worse is that Jim had problems right from the start; Brian would've won handily if not for the redlight start.