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Tue 17 Oct 2000
Shreveport: Weney takes Funny Car Championship

Shreveport: Weney takes Funny Car Championship

SHREVEPORT, La. - The key ingredients for Scott Weney's championship stew consisted of three things, an early Von Smith loss, a green light and a win-light. After the first round at the IHRA Mopar Parts World Finals in Shreveport, La., Weney...

Shreveport: Al Billes race notes

Shreveport: Al Billes race notes

Shreveport, LA - Last year at this time, the Mopar Parts World Finals were exactly that; the final race on the IHRA's national event schedule. And at that race last year, Canada's Al Billes nailed down a top-ten finish in the Mopar Pro Modified...

Shreveport: Ed Hoover post race

Shreveport: Ed Hoover post race

SHREVEPORT, La. - For Ed Hoover, the 2000 season has the characteristics of a '70s comedy sitcom. You see the same rerun over and over again. The Pro Modified competitor hoped his luck would change this weekend. Unfortunately, the...

Shreveport: Laurie Cannister race report

Shreveport: Laurie Cannister race report

GILLIAM, La.-Laurie Cannister has left the door ajar, and the question to be answered-can Mick Snyder sneak in and steal the 2000 Pro Outlaw championship? To clinch her first IHRA championship, all the 40-year-old SmithKline Beecham executive...

Shreveport: Mike Castellana post race

Shreveport: Mike Castellana post race

SHREVEPORT, La.-Mike Castellana must look up his weekend spent competing at the IHRA's Mopar Parts World Finals as a huge success, considering the misfortunes that has dogged him on the IHRA tour. Over his previous seven Pro Modified...

Shreveport: Critchley race notes

Shreveport: Critchley race notes

GILLIAM, La. (October 15, 2000) - Johnny Rocca and his Leesburg, Va.-based USA Racing Team's '49 Mercury "Ironhorse" hit full stride in Pro Modified qualifying, but failed to get past a pair of strategic elimination rounds during the Mopar Parts...

Shreveport: Steve Cossis wrap up

Shreveport: Steve Cossis wrap up

GILLIAM, LA-The last several races on the 2000 IHRA Summit Drag Racing Series schedule has been less than fortunate for Pro Modified driver, Steve Cossis. The New York-native failed to qualify for his second national event in a row at the 3rd...

Shreveport: Montecalvo race notes

Shreveport: Montecalvo race notes

Gilliam, LA - This season's phenomenal performance upsurge in Sunoco Race Fuels Pro Stock competition shows no sign of leveling off in the near future, and that could spell disappointment for many of the class regulars come the season-ending...

Shreveport: Tommy Mauney post race

Shreveport: Tommy Mauney post race

SHREVEPORT, La.--After taking over the driving duties of the Roy Singleton-owned, Majesty Group entry, veteran driver Tommy Mauney has continued to "dial-in" the blown motor, improving each outing. This race was no different. The Mopar Parts...

Shreveport: Bruce Litton victory

Shreveport: Bruce Litton victory

GILLIAM, La.-Bruce Litton had a job to do and he did it. Litton and the Wix Filters-backed team won the Top Fuel trophy and took over the IHRA championship points lead at the Mopar Parts World Finals hosted by Red River Raceway. The ...

Shreveport: Dwayne Rice race report

Shreveport: Dwayne Rice race report

SHREVEPORT, La.-Pro Stock driver, Dwayne Rice, failed to qualify by the slimmest of margins at the 3rd annual IHRA Mopar Parts World Finals hosted by Red River Raceway. Rice missed the 16-car field by a scant one-thousandth of a second when ...

Shreveport: Von Smith notes

Shreveport: Von Smith notes

SHREVEPORT, La.-Von Smith didn't get what he wanted, which was to keep his slim hopes for a third straight IHRA funny-car championship. Smith, however, doesn't have to hang his head, and he will go back home to Tennessee $20,000 richer for ...

Shreveport: JR Todd race notes

Shreveport: JR Todd race notes

SHREVEPORT, La. - J.R. Todd knew that he had a plenty hefty task before him in the first round of the IHRA Mopar Parts World Finals hosted by Red River Raceway in Shreveport, La. The 18-year old, rookie Top Fuel driver from Lawrenceburg, Ind.,...

Shreveport: Wayne Bailey dies after crash

Shreveport: Wayne Bailey dies after crash

GILLIAM, La. (AP) -- Drag racer Wayne Bailey died Saturday of injuries from a crash during qualifying Friday night for the IHRA World Finals at Red River Raceway. Bailey's car split in half after crashing into a concrete retaining wall, said...

Sun 15 Oct 2000
Shreveport: Friday qualifying notes

Shreveport: Friday qualifying notes

SHREVEPORT, La. - Pit notes courtesy of CompetitionPlus.com and Harley Communications at the IHRA Mopar Parts World Finals Top Fuel Bruce Litton - Litton opened Saturday's qualifying with a not-so impressive effort. He posted a 11.554/80.19...

Sat 14 Oct 2000
Shreveport: Von Smith captures Funny Car Shootout

Shreveport: Von Smith captures Funny Car Shootout

SHREVEPORT, La. - If Von Smith professes that he's in the middle of a jinxed season, he will have a hard time proving it after his most recent performance at the IHRA.Com, a special race-within-a-race at the IHRA Mopar Parts World Finals in ...

Shreveport: Thursday qualifying notes

Shreveport: Thursday qualifying notes

SHREVEPORT, La. - Pit notes courtesy of CompetitionPlus.com and Harley Communications at the IHRA Mopar Parts World Finals Top Fuel Bruce Litton -After dropping to number three in the point standings after the Amalie Oil North American ...

Shreveport: Critchley preview

Shreveport: Critchley preview

GILLIAM, La. (October 13, 2000) - Considering his trials and tribulations thus far on the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) national event tour, veteran car-owner, Johnny Rocca, hopes that good luck will come on Friday the 13th. After...

Fri 13 Oct 2000
Shreveport: Bennie Ulmer Thursday pit notes

Shreveport: Bennie Ulmer Thursday pit notes

Shreveport, Thursday; 1999 Top Dragster World Champion, Bennie Ulmer and the Kick Booty Maniacs are headed to Shreveport, LA. Hoping for good things this weekend coming off a runner-up position at the President's Cup Nationals at Budd's Creek, ...

Wed 04 Oct 2000
Budds Creek: Charlie Hunt Racing post race report

Budds Creek: Charlie Hunt Racing post race report

BUDDS CREEK, Md.- Gene Wilson looked an awful lot like his dad, professional fisherman Orlando Wilson, during this weekend's Expressautoparts.com President's Cup Nationals in Budds Creek, Md. The elder Wilson may reel in some hefty sized fish, but...

Budds Creek: Ed Hoover post race report

Budds Creek: Ed Hoover post race report

BUDDS CREEK, Md.-Pro Modified racer Ed Hoover brought his total to six first round losses in nine IHRA national events during the 9th annual Expressautoparts.com Presidents Cup hosted by Maryland International Raceway. Hoover's season began with...

Budds Creek: Troy Critchley post race report

Budds Creek: Troy Critchley post race report

Budds Creek, MD-Troy Critchley followed up Friday's amazing last ditch qualifying effort at the IHRA Expressautoparts.com Nationals by advancing to the second round during eliminations on Saturday. Critchley drove Johnny Rocca's gorgeous '49 ...

Budds Creek: Steve Cossis post race report

Budds Creek: Steve Cossis post race report

Budds Creek, MD-Steve Cossis, driver of the CompetitionPlus.com-sponsored Pro Modified Corvette, was unable to qualify for the quickest field in Pro Modified history at the 9th annual IHRA Expressautoparts.com Nationals, held at Maryland ...

Budds Creek: Al Billes post race report

Budds Creek: Al Billes post race report

Budds Creek, MD - On the IHRA Pro Mod tour, some folks refer to Al Billes' Canadian-based hot rod as the "Studbreaker", which seems pretty harmless, until it starts to live up to its name, that is. Actually a sleek, supercharged 1953 Studebaker,...

Budds Creek: Chris Holbrook post race report

Budds Creek: Chris Holbrook post race report

Budds Creek, MD - Finally, Chris Holbrook may be able to see some light at the end of the tunnel. Maybe that should be win lights at the end of the track, but however you say it, there is no doubt that the defending Sunoco Race Fuels Pro Stock ...

Budds Creek: John Montecalvo post race report

Budds Creek: John Montecalvo post race report

Budds Creek, MD - Sunoco Race Fuels Pro Stock title contender John Montecalvo has nothing against some of his fellow competitors having good weekends; he loves to have them himself. But when it comes at his expense, well, that's another story ...

Budds Creek: Von Smith post race report

Budds Creek: Von Smith post race report

BUDDS CREEK, Md.-There will be no overtaking of the points lead for Von Smith, at least at Budds Creek. The three-time World Champion needed to keep pace with Weney, and despite a first round loss, still managed to keep himself in striking...

Budds Creek: Tommy Mauney post race report

Budds Creek: Tommy Mauney post race report

BUDDS CREEK, Md.-Tommy Mauney made his third appearance behind the wheel of Roy Singleton's Majesty Group-sponsored, supercharged 1941 Willys during the ninth annual running of the IHRA Expressautoparts.com Presidents Cup at Maryland International...

Budds Creek: Laurie Cannister post race story

Budds Creek: Laurie Cannister post race story

BUDDS CREEK, Md.-There doesn't seem to be anyone capable of stopping Laurie Cannister's drive to the Pro Outlaw championship in only her second year on the IHRA tour. At least that's been the case since her first round loss at Norwalk. Although...

Budds Creek: Scott Weney post race story

Budds Creek: Scott Weney post race story

BUDDS CREEK, Md.-For only the second time this season Funny Car racer, Scott Weney did not make to the final round of an IHRA national event. He'll still settle for a quarter-final finish at the Expressautopart.com President's Cup in Budds Creek,...

Budds Creek: Mike Castellana post race story

Budds Creek: Mike Castellana post race story

BUDDS CREEK, Md.-In a season of feast or famine, the blue plate special, nothing fancy, from the '50s Mike's Drive-In would have satisfied Mike Castellana's hunger for speed. Castellana's plate came up empty in all three qualifying tries with ...

Budds Creek: USA Racing post race story

Budds Creek: USA Racing post race story

ROCCA'S "IRONHORSE" GAINING STEAM, MOVES TO THIRD IN TIGHT IHRA POINT CHASE BUDDS CREEK, Md. (October 1, 2000) - The Johnny Rocca-owned USA Racing Team gained valuable ground in the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) championship...

Budds Creek: Angelo Alesci post race report

Budds Creek: Angelo Alesci post race report

Budds Creek, MD - Cleveland, Ohio's Angelo Alesci, who sat out the 1999 Sunoco Race Fuels Pro Stock season, proved that the long layoff hadn't diminished his ability to wring some impressive performance out of his '98 Monte Carlo. Alesci, the...

Sun 01 Oct 2000
Budds Creek: Friday qualifying pit notes

Budds Creek: Friday qualifying pit notes

BUDDS CREEK, MD. - Friday pit notes from Harley Communications at the IHRA President's Cup Nationals presented by CompetitionPlus.com. Pro Funny Car Von Smith - The defending World Champion from Oak Ridge, Tenn., continued his gradual...

Budds Creek: USA Racing final qualifying

Budds Creek: USA Racing final qualifying

LAST MINUTE EFFORT TIES "IRONHORSE" ATOP QUALIFYING; POINT LEADER STOTT FAILS TO MAKE CUT BUDDS CREEK, Md. (September 30, 2000) - While the Olympic Games continue to play out half a world away in Sydney, it was Australian-born drag racer, Troy...

Fri 29 Sep 2000
Budd's Creek Rocca preview

Budd's Creek Rocca preview

BUDDS CREEK, MD (September 29, 2000) -- As the International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Summit Drag Racing Series heads into the final stretch, Pro Modified car owner, Johnny Rocca, is hoping his Prolong Super Lubricants/Somerset Refinery,...