DARLINGTON, SC - Shannon Jenkins, the defending World Champion from Tuscaloosa, Ala., who is best known as "The Iceman", fell short at the season-opening IHRA Prolong Winter Nationals in Darlington, SC. Jenkins, who is behind the wheel of a...
DARLINGTON, SC - Shannon Jenkins, the defending World Champion from Tuscaloosa, Ala., who is best known as "The Iceman", fell short at the season-opening IHRA Prolong Winter Nationals in Darlington, SC.
Jenkins, who is behind the wheel of a new Dodge Viper, had no runs on the new ride when he pulled into Darlington. He missed the first round of qualifying because the car was still incomplete. During the second round of qualifying, Jenkins put his Harper Industries backed Viper into the 14th position on its inaugural pass with a 6.456/217.70. With the third session rained out, Jenkins had no further helpful data on the new car going into eliminations.
The two-time Pro Modified champion faced rival Ed Hoover in the first round. Jenkins and Hoover have met six times in the first round over the past two seasons. The "Iceman" melted at the line from the red glow of the foul bulb. Jenkins left early and handed the race to Hoover who had problems and had to shut off early.
Many were impressed with Jenkins performance. The Iceman downplayed his performance as just doing what he had to do to defend his title.
"It might not have been pretty," explained Jenkins. "But, it was the best we could offer at the time. I know we aren't up to speed yet, but we'll get there soon enough. You can count on that."
Look for Jenkins to return to competition at the next event after having a few more test runs on the new ride. With a little more testing, Jenkins will be the dominating figure that he was last season. Until then, he will make due with the best he has.
The next event on the IHRA/Summit schedule will be on April 7-9, at Rockingham Dragway for the Holley Spring Nationals.