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 International Raceway.
Cossis made his best run of the weekend during the opening round of Mopar Pro Modified qualifying on Thursday. The Astoria, N.Y., native wheeled his black '53 Corvette to a 6.454 at 217.98 mph to finish the first session qualified 16th. Cossis returned on Friday but found nothing but problems during the second qualifying session. The CompetitionPlus.com Corvette launched into a wheel stand then shook the tires to a 10.36/77.64 against Tommy Gray. Gray motored on to a 6.450, which bumped Cossis from the show. He fell to 19th by the end of the session but had one more shot to make the field Friday evening, during the "Night of Fire".
The conditions were ideal when Cossis came to the line for the final qualifying session, part of the third pair of cars. He was shooting to run quicker than a 6.440, which held down the bump spot for Tim McAmis. Cossis encountered a multitude of engine problems on the run and his 6.55/206 wasn't enough to crack the record field. The 6.413 bump spot made for the quickest 16-car Pro Modified field ever.
Cossis is currently 14th in the IHRA Mopar Pro Modified point's standings, with two national events remaining. He is less than one elimination round win from moving into 12th place.