FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Anthony Vestal IHRA Director of Communications More information: (803) 332-0124 (423) 764-1164 October 3, 1997 IHRA returns to Darlington for Snap-on Finals DARLINGTON, S.C. -- ...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Anthony Vestal IHRA Director of Communications More information: (803) 332-0124 (423) 764-1164
October 3, 1997
IHRA returns to Darlington for Snap-on Finals
DARLINGTON, S.C. -- International Hot Rod Association drag racing teams are set to return to Darlington International Dragway Oct. 10-11 for the completion of the rain-delayed second annual Snap-on Finals. The race is the ninth and final event on the 1997 IHRA Snap-on Tools Championship Drag Racing Series. Qualifying will be reopened for both professional and sportsman categories on Friday, Oct. 10 at 1 p.m. Final eliminations will begin at 12 noon on Saturday, Oct. 11. The tech department has been closed for the event and no new entries will be permitted. Sunday, Oct. 12 has been reserved as a rain date. On Friday, there will be two sessions of pro qualifying, starting at 2 and 6 p.m. In addition to the completion of sportsman qualifying, all bonus shootout programs will also be completed Friday. Cherryville, N.C.'s Doug Herbert, driving the Snap-on Tools dragster, leads Top Fuel qualifying, recording a 4.941 second pass at 299.60 miles per hour. Paul Romine, who clinched his first IHRA Snap-on Tools Top Fuel world championship during first round qualifying, is second at 4.955, 293.73 in the CARQUEST Auto Parts-sponsored dragster. Other top qualifiers include Kings Mountain, N.C.'s Wally Stroupe in Pro Modified (6.485, 215.00); Monty Todd of Montgomery, Ala. in Alcohol Funny Car (5.963, 234.13); and Cleveland, Ohio's Angelo Alesci in Pro Stock (6.727, 205.15). Snap-on Tools World Championships are still up for grabs in Pro Stock, Pro Modified, Alcohol Funny Car, Top Sportsman, Top Dragster, Modified, Quick Rod and Hot Rod. In addition to Romine, drivers who have clinched world championships include Anthony Bertozzi in Super Stock, Rusty Cook in Super Rod and Harold Gault in Stock. The Pro Stock Snap-on Tools World Championship will be settled between Floyd Cheek and Richie Stevens; while Tommy Mauney, Shannon Jenkins and Rickie Smith will decide Pro Modified; and Jimmy Rector, Von Smith, Scott Weis and Mark Thomas are in a four-way scramble for Alcohol Funny Car world title honors. On Wednesday, Oct. 8, there will be a special test and tune for all drivers from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Spectator tickets purchased Saturday, Sept. 27, will be honored on either make-up day. The race is scheduled to be televised tape-delay on ESPN2 on Oct. 19 at 4:30 p.m., and again on Oct. 20 at 3:30 p.m.