FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Anthony Vestal IHRA Director of Communications (423) 764-1164 June 8, 1997 Herbert claims fourth Spring Nationals title BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Doug Herbert claimed his fourth Prolong Super Lubricants Spring...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Anthony Vestal IHRA Director of Communications (423) 764-1164
June 8, 1997
Herbert claims fourth Spring Nationals title
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Doug Herbert claimed his fourth Prolong Super Lubricants Spring Nationals victory and sixth IHRA Snap-on Tools Drag Racing Series win overall at Bristol Dragway Sunday, when he took a single final round pass over top-qualifier Bruce Litton. The win was the 14th of Herbert's career in IHRA Top Fuel competition. The race was the second of eight national events on the IHRA Snap-on Tools Drag Racing Series. Herbert, of Cherryville, N.C., covered the quartermile in 7.739 seconds at 109.49 miles per hour, clicking off his Snap-on Tools dragster midway through the uncontested run. "We weren't that good but we were very lucky," Herbert said. "For some reason Bristol treats us right. For that last run we made a couple of changes and it seemed to be the right thing but then it messed up and I had to shut off." It was a memorable week for Herbert, who moved up in the point standings and became the first IHRA Top Fuel driver to record a 300 mile per hour pass at Thunder Valley (300.06). That run was also the first 300 mph Top Fuel pass in IHRA history. "Last year we were the first car to run 4 seconds here and now we're the first to run 300 here," Herbert said. "I've said that this is my favorite place to race. Well, it keeps getting better all the time." Litton, meanwhile, couldn't put his machine back together in time for the final round matchup with Herbert after a wild semifinal run, where he lost a motor in a ball of flame. Litton, of Indianapolis, had to get back on the throttle late in his run against Paul Romine, to avoid contact with Romine's dragster which lifted vertically midway through the run and tumbled over. It was the second such 'blowover' in Bristol Dragway history. Romine wasn't injured in the crash, but his Dealer's Engine Sales, Inc.-sponsored dragster suffered extensive damage. Doug Foxworth was the first Top Fuel driver to experience a blowover at Bristol, at the Spring Nationals in 1993. Herbert outran a pair of females -- Rhonda Hartman-Smith and new IHRA speed world record holder Shirley Muldowney (302.08 mph) -- to advance to his first final round of the season. Muldowney set the new world record in a first round defeat of Dave Bieneman, where she drove her Action Collectibles dragster to a run of 4.997 seconds at 300.06 mph, a pass within IHRA's required one percent to establish a new world record. Rickie Smith, IHRA's winningest Pro Stock driver, earned his first victory in Pro Modified Sunday. Smith, of King, N.C., defeated 1995 Pro Modified World Champion ommy Mauney in the final round. Smith, driving the Carolina Drilling-sponsored 1963 Corvette, covered the quartermile in 6.498 seconds at 215.34 mph. Both ends of his run became new Bristol track records in the category. "We fought the car all weekend," Smith said. "But in the final round the car ran the best all weekend. When I put it in second against Tommy there it was real smooth. I'm happy. This couldn't have happened at a better time for me." A record 52 cars attempted to qualify for 16 spots in Pro Modified. Among those who did not qualify were Pro Mod points leader Shannon Jenkins. In Pro Stock, Angelo Alesci captured his second career win. Cleveland, Ohio's Alesci ran 6.804 seconds at 202.73 mph in his Chevrolet Monte Carlo to defeat two-time IHRA World Champion Billy Huff. Huff was making a return to IHRA Snap-on Tools Drag Racing this weekend after a one year hiatus. The Shepherdsville, Ky. driver drove his 1997 Pontiac Firebird to a new Bristol Dragway elapsed time track record at 6.793 seconds in qualifying. Ashland, Va.'s Scott Weis continued his reign at Bristol Dragway. He drove his Sherwin-Williams Ford Mustang to a third Alcohol Funny Car victory at Thunder Valley. In addition to Sunday's victory, Weis won the 1996 Fall Nationals and 1994 Spring Nationals. Weis, who established a new Bristol elapsed time record in qualifying (5.996), was on a similar pace in the final where he went 6.009, 230.80 to Jimmy Rector's slowing 6.385, 185.21. The next IHRA Snap-on Tools Drag Racing Series event will be the Crane Cams President's Cup Nationals (June 20-22) at Maryland International Raceway, Budds Creek, Md. (-end-)
Prolong Spring Nationals race results
BRISTOL, Tenn. -- Elimination results from the 33rd annual Prolong Super Lubricants Spring Nationals presented by Parts Pro Performance Centers, Sunday June 8 at the Bristol Dragway.
TOP FUEL First Round: Bruce Litton, Indianapolis 6.055, 206.45 def. Dave Bieneman, Royal Oak, Mich. 8.751, 90.73; Shirley Muldowney, Armada, Mich. 4.997, 300.06 def. Jim Bailey, Mantua, Ohio 5.088, 276.13; Doug Herbert, Cherryville, N.C. 5.732, 176.49 def. Rhonda Hartman-Smith, Williamston, S.C. 9.606, 81.67; Paul Romine, Indianapolis 5.376, 239.40 def. Danny Dunn, Hudson, N.C. 5.560, 188.31. Semifinals: Litton 5.128, 239.40 def. Romine 5.905, 141.08; Herbert 5.024, 298.07 def. Muldowney 5.158, 294.18. Final: Herbert 7.73, 109.49 def. Litton (broke).
ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR First Round: Scott Weis, Ashland, Va., 6.306, 225.03 def. Mike Preslar, Salisbury, N.C., 6.471, 222.80; Von Smith, Oak Ridge, Tenn. 6.225, 229.63 def. Mick Steele, Loganville, La. 6.249, 225.03; Monty Todd, Montgomery, Ala. 6.128, 225.03 def. Mark Thomas, Louisville, Ohio 6.235, 226.16; Jimmy Rector, Vernon, Ala. 6.190, 223.91 def. Barry Faxon, Cincinnati, Ohio, 6.455, 215.34; Scott Weney, Spring City, Pa. 6.089, 230.08 def. Jason Juday, Elkhart, Ind., 6.956, 141.52; Jim Sickles, Caledonia, N.Y. 6.381, 220.62 def. John Rose Jr., Reading, Pa. 6.576, 223.91; Tony Bogolo, Hamilton, Ohio 11.521, 66.37. Second Round: Weis 6.063, 230.80 def. Dobbs 7.484, 113.07; Smith 6.140, 229.63 def. Todd 6.128, 225.03; Weney 6.097, 229.63 def. Thalacker 6.377, 221.71; Rector 6.247, 225.03 def. Sickles 13.812, 65.03. Semifinals: Weis 6.102, 229.63 def. Smith 6.135, 229.63; Rector 19.130, 49.78 def. Weney 14.295, 54.28. Final: Weis 6.009, 230.80 def. Rector 6.385, 185.21.
PRO MODIFIED First Round: Todd Tutterow, Lewisville, N.C. 6.581, 212.29 def. Mike Castellana, 2.481, 60.64; Ed Burnley 6.664, 211.30 def. Billy Harper, Paducha, Ky. 6.678, 201.82; Tommy Mauney, 6.515, 212.29 def. Stevie Foster, Adkins, Texas 6.741, 193.99; Dan Bandish, Melbourne, Fla. 6.583, 209.33 def. Harold Martin, Southfield, Mich. 8.277, 119.69; Rickie Smith, King, N.C. 6.554, 214.31 def. Carl Moyer, Ankeny, Iowa 6.604, 209.33; Wally Stroupe, Kings Mountain, N.C., 6.570, 212.29 def. Dale Brinsfield, Greensboro, N.C. 6.618, 211.30; Scotty Cannon, Lyman, S.C. 6.824, 198.26 def. Ronnie Hood, Lenior, N.C. 11.452, 74.13; Ed Hoover, Gilbert, S.C. 5.891, 211.30 def. Michael Martin, Pageland, S.C. 6.645, 208.36. Second Round: Tutterow 6.578, 212.29 def. Hoover 7.336, 141.08; Smith 6.543, 213.30 def. Bandish (broke); Mauney 6.547, 210.31 def. Cannon 6.656, 209.33; Stroupe 6.588, 212.29 def. Burnley 6.683, 211.30. Semifinals: Smith 6.530, 214.31 def. Tutterow 6.578, 212.29; Mauney 6.571, 209.33 def. Stroupe 6.597, 212.29. Final: Smith 6.498, 215.34 def. Mauney 6.583, 211.30.
PRO STOCK First Round: David Jenkins, London, Ohio 6.878, 202.73 def. Floyd Cheek, Chattanooga, Tenn. 6.828, 203.65; John Konigshofer, Otterville, Ontario 6.855, 203.65 def. Tim Nabors, Lawrenceville, Ga. 6.909, 200.92; Doug Kirk, Lenore, W.Va. 6.886, 201.82 def. John Montecalvo Jr., Center Moriches, N.Y. (foul) 6.981, 200.02; Steve Williford, Engelhard, N.C. 6.888, 200.92 def. Jon Yoak, Ellenboro, W.Va. 6.873, 203.65; Jerry Yeoman, Galena, Kan. 6.843, 202.73 def. Pete Berner, Crete, Ill. 6.884, 200.92; Angelo Alesci, Cleveland, Ohio 6.821, 202.73 def. Richie Stevens, New Orleans 6.856, 201.82; Tony Gillig, Lake Zurich, Ill. 6.882, 202.73 def. Ed Machacek, Atkins, Iowa 6.886, 200.92; Billy Huff, Shepherdsville, Ky. 6.811, 203.65 def. John Nobile, Melville, N.Y. 6.904, 202.73. Second Round: Huff 6.814, 203.65 def. Jenkins 6.878, 202.73; Yeoman 6.820, 202.73 def. Williford 6.891, 201.82; Alesci 6.830, 203.65 def. Konigshofer 9.579, 90.73; Kirk 7.074, 200.92 def. Gillig 11.107, 89.29.
Semifinals: Huff 6.803, 203.65 def. Yeoman 6.822, 201.82; Alesci 6.797, 202.73 def. Kirk 7.137, 171.12.
Final: Alesci 6.804, 202.73 def. Huff 8.253, 27.35.
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