Cordova Eliminations Recap

CORDOVA IL - SUMMIT FastNews - When the 1999 IHRA Amalie Oil Summer Nationals came to a close, Jim Bailey, Johnny Mancuso, Shannon Jenkins, Tom Lee, Tony Bogolo, and John Long stood atop the winner's podium in their respective Professional ...

CORDOVA IL - SUMMIT FastNews - When the 1999 IHRA Amalie Oil Summer Nationals came to a close, Jim Bailey, Johnny Mancuso, Shannon Jenkins, Tom Lee, Tony Bogolo, and John Long stood atop the winner's podium in their respective Professional categories. Bailey's win in Top Fuel was an anti-climax when his opponent, Jack Ostrander, was unable to fire his engine. Bailey singled, with a 5.520-second elapsed time at 253.61 mph in the Snap-On Tools dragster for the win. To get there, however, number-one qualifier Bailey had to win close races against racing legend Chris Karamesines and current points leader Bruce Litton, while Ostrander dispatched Louigi Novelli and 1998 Top Fuel champion Paul Romine. The win is a repeat for Snap-On team owner Doug Herbert, who won here last year.

Mancuso, the 1998 Top Fuel Harley champion, struggled through qualifying, ending up in the final position on the eight-bike ladder for Sunday's eliminations. Eliminations was a different story, however, Mancuso upsetting number-one qualifier Bill Furr in the first round and showing steady inprovement through the three rounds of eliminations. Mancuso faced number-two qualifier Jim McClure in the final round and won easily with his best run of the weekend, a 6.862 at 205.60 mph, while McClure suffered performance problems and recorded his worst run of the weekend, a 7.360 at 149.05.

Jenkins faced Tommy Gray, driver of the popular "Undertaker," in the final round of Pro Modified eliminations. Gray was quicker to react to the green light, but Jenkins posted his best run of the weekend, a 6.485 at 219.36 mph in his '41 Willys, to get the win light against Gray's '53 Corvette, clocked at 6.594 and 219.33. Lee's win in Pro Stock came against Jon Yoak, in a battle of two Ford Probes. The two drivers left right together, but Lee's 6.806 at 206.16 was enough to win handily against Yoak's slowing 6.971 at 199.43. Bogolo's win in Alcohol Funny Car came in a battle of two Dodge Avengers, Bogolo besting Jimmy Rector in the final stanza with a 6.075 at 228.73 over Rector's redlight foul. The two drivers qualified in the middle of the field, ninth and seventh, respectively. Bogolo took out the number 1 and 4 qualifiers enroute to his final round berth, while Rector took out the number 2 and 3 qualifiers on his side of the ladder. Long's win in Super Eliminator was his first national event win in the category, taking on the popular Altered of Terry Munroe in the final round, winning with a 6.374 at 215.62 when Munroe had handling problems and slowed. Almost perfect racing weather marked the three days of the event, in sharp contrast to the hot, stormy weather that interrupted the event in 1998. Results provided by the FastNews Network, courtesy of Summit Racing Equipment ** http://www.summitracing.com/ **

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Series Drag
Drivers Paul Romine , Doug Herbert , Bruce Litton , Chris Karamesines , Johnny Mancuso , Tommy Gray , Shannon Jenkins , John Long