Epping: Shannon Jenkins review

EPPING, NH - Shannon Jenkins and his 2000 Dodge Viper continue to encounter tough times. Jenkins the defending Pro Mod world champ is having a tough time defending his title. With all of the rule changes and new car blues Jenkins is doing ...

EPPING, NH - Shannon Jenkins and his 2000 Dodge Viper continue to encounter tough times. Jenkins the defending Pro Mod world champ is having a tough time defending his title. With all of the rule changes and new car blues Jenkins is doing surprisingly well.

Jenkins debuted the 2000 Viper while still in primer at the season opener the car was not even finished when he came to the event. Jenkins qualified very well on his first pass in the car, giving him high hopes for 2000. From that point on it has been disappointment after disappointment. Jenkins and teammate Billy Harper have knocked each other out of competition four times this year. This is not good for a team especially when it occurs in early rounds. Jenkins has also run into performance troubles. While getting a hold of a new car is a tedious job to say the least. The veteran engine builder has been doing a great job learning a new chassis set up as well as building and tuning his own powerplants.

Jenkins first pass during qualifying showed promise. A 6.399/220.62 run placed him in the top half of the field at the end of Fridays qualifying. Saturday afforded Jenkins two more qualifying attempts. On his first pass Saturday Jenkins bettered his previous time running a 6.392/221.62 driving through a slippery condition. For his final attempt Jenkins tried to take advantage of the good air and move up the ladder. The car left the line hard but slowed quickly as the drive shaft let go.

Jenkins 6.392 was good enough to land him in the 11th position placing him against Mike Castellana and his new 1957 Chevy. Ironically, Castellana is running Jenkins power this season and has been receiving assistance from Jenkins with his new chassis. Both cars left almost even, but Castellana was forced to get out of it when his car took a hard turn, giving the win to the defending World Champion. Jenkins ran a 6.412 at 220.69 miles per hour. The win placed him against Mitch Stott and his Radiac Abrasives Corvette.

Jenkins scored a holeshot advantage but slowed with mechanical problems near the 1000-foot mark handing the win to Stott. Stott took the win with a 6.439/222.07 pass to Jenkins' slower 6.767 162.76

Jenkins will continue to defend his 1999 title when the IHRA tour makes its second stop of the season in Rockingham, N.C., on Sept. 21-23 for the CARQUEST Autumn Nationals.

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