Darlington Al Billes Post Race Report

DARLINGTON, SC - Pro Modified standout Al Billes loves Darlington International Dragway. For the second year in a row, the Canadian hard-charger made a strong impression on the capacity crowd, and the 38 other Pro Mod hopefuls assembled for the ...

DARLINGTON, SC - Pro Modified standout Al Billes loves Darlington International Dragway. For the second year in a row, the Canadian hard-charger made a strong impression on the capacity crowd, and the 38 other Pro Mod hopefuls assembled for the IHRA's season-opening Prolong Winternationals.

Billes, who hammered out a world-record elapsed time of 6.268 at this event last year, was the picture of consistency all weekend, running 6.30's every time he launched his bright yellow '53 Studebaker down track. Considering he's in the supercharged minority, and running a 'home-built' powerplant to boot, this was outstanding performance.

Billes dispatched Ronnie Hood in round one, and found himself facing the 'Undertaker' Tommy Gray in the quarter-finals. These two put on a tremendous drag race, leaving the line with virtually identical reaction times. At the finish, it was Gray's 6.356 besting Billes' game 6.376 effort.

There was no trip to the winner's circle this weekend, but Billes definitely served notice that he's going to be one of the guys to beat in 2000.

The next event on the IHRA tour will take place April 7-9, at Rockingham Dragway for the Holley Spring Nationals.

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Series Drag
Drivers Ronnie Hood , Tommy Gray , Al Billes