The "Iceman" Clinches Championship, Scores Runner-up At EXPRESS Auto Parts.Com President's Cup Nationals BUDDS CREEK, MD. -- The IHRA points leader Shannon Jenkins fell one round short of winning at the EXPRESS Auto Parts.Com Presidents Cup ...
The "Iceman" Clinches Championship, Scores Runner-up At EXPRESS Auto Parts.Com President's Cup Nationals
BUDDS CREEK, MD. -- The IHRA points leader Shannon Jenkins fell one round short of winning at the EXPRESS Auto Parts.Com Presidents Cup Nationals. Jenkins methodically worked his way through the field taking out all of the contenders in the points chase, till he fell in the finals to rival nitrous racer Ed Hoover. His performance insured that Jenkins claimed his second Pro Modified World Championship.
Qualifying was not the most enjoyable affair for Jenkins. He launched hard on his first qualifying attempt and when the car drifted left towards the centerline, he wisely lifted. He changed motors between rounds and the move didn't pay off. The car launched hard and drifted to the left to the guardrail and he aborted the mission.
The gremlins offered a reprieve for Jenkins in the third qualifying session and he responded with a 6.46/213.37 and that gained him a momentary spot in the field. He failed to improve during the final session with a 6.59/214.33 and ended up in the 14th seeding for Sundays eliminations.
The "Iceman" faced Canadian Al Billies in the first round. Jenkins easily handled Billes, setting up a second round pairing of the number one and two in the points. He was quicker of the two off of the line and that was more than Vick could overcome. As the “Iceman” streaked to a 6.452, Vick got close to the centerline and aborted the mission. This win set up a match between the number one nitrous racer and the highest supercharged entry in the points. The Parson Brothers/CompetitionPlus.Com entry came to the line against Fred Hahn. Hahn left first the but the "Black Mariah" lost traction at the start, giving the win to the "Iceman."
For the finals Jenkins' 41 Willys then faced up against Ed Hoover's 63 Corvette. Hoover has won the last three races between these two veterans. Jenkins got out of shape costing him the race, that was all Hoover needed to come around him. Hoover ran a 6.436/217.84 to Jenkins losing 6.559/212.86, giving Hoover four in a row over the points leader.
Shannon Jenkins and the Parson Brothers/CompetitionPlus.Com team will look to wrap up the 1999 points championship at the IHRA Mopar Parts World Finals in Shreveport, La., during the weekend of Oct. 15-17. Jenkins along with each Pro Modified contestant, will be afforded four qualifying runs during the course of the event and the quickest sixteen entries will compete in final eliminations on Sunday.