Castellana and Jenkins tremendous test runs

BAYTOWN, TX. - If pre-season testing is the equivalent of baseball's spring training, the Pro Modified racers Mike Castellana and Shannon Jenkins were hitting plenty of shots into the upper deck this weekend. The newly formed alliance...

BAYTOWN, TX. - If pre-season testing is the equivalent of baseball's spring training, the Pro Modified racers Mike Castellana and Shannon Jenkins were hitting plenty of shots into the upper deck this weekend. The newly formed alliance officially became the two latest nitrous-injected drivers to leap into the 6.20s. Prior to the Pontiac Excitement Pro Stock Super Bowl at Houston Raceway Park, only two drivers, Mitch Stott and Steve Vick, had been the only two to record a 6.2-second elapsed time.

Castellana joined Jenkins' team of drivers utilizing his Iceman Lease Motors last season and his performance picked up dramatically. Later in the season, the two announced that they would be teaming up to run under the Team Castellana banner. This weekend's test results are exactly what Castellana envisioned transpiring.

"I knew from the first day we brought in Shannon with our team that we'd see results and I'm even more convinced now," explained Castellana, who is a supermarket chain owner from Westbury, NY. "Running at Houston has become a tradition for us over the last few seasons, and this one was plenty special. I think the thing I'm most pleased is that we ran well consistently. Running big numbers was also pleasing, but the consistency factor meant more to me."

Jenkins was the first of the two to get into the 6.20s as he pushed his 1968 Camaro to his personal best, a 6.294/221.83. The impressive part of Jenkins' run is that it was done on a wounded motor.

Castellana's shot landed him into the second quickest spot among the nitrous-injected fraternity as he pushed his Western Beef-sponsored 1957 Chevy to a 6.282/223.99, which was solidified with a 4.090/180.43 eighth-mile lap.

While some might rest on their laurels, don't think for a moment that's in the game plan for Castellana. He'll head on to Darlington, SC., to test in February before embarking on the CompetitionPlus.com Spring Open hosted by Virginia Motorsports Park in Dinwiddie, VA.

-Bobby Bennett

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