Rockingham Race Report

ROCKINGHAM, NC-- Britt Cummings may be a sportsman racer and compete under that status, but the veteran drag racer from Hammond, La., knows how to take care of those that take care of him like a true professional. He admits that during the course...

ROCKINGHAM, NC-- Britt Cummings may be a sportsman racer and compete under that status, but the veteran drag racer from Hammond, La., knows how to take care of those that take care of him like a true professional. He admits that during the course of his career that Holley Performance Products has provided him with products to make winning an easy venture. The freshman Top Sportsman racer decided to give up space on the hood of his seven-second Pontiac Firebird as a gesture of thanks for their support. Little did he know that the huge Holley decal would be the good luck charm that he needed as he claimed the Top Sportsman division at the rain-delayed IHRA Holley Spring Nationals in Rockingham, N.C.

"They have always been good to me," explained Cummings. "Their unselfishness towards our team coupled with the great products that they produce made the gift an easy one to give. We plan on keeping it on there for a while."

A tremendous thunderstorm zapped power to Rockingham Dragway and brought about treacherous racing conditions which inevitably forced postponement until Monday morning. The aforementioned adversity couldn't dampen the enthusiasm of racers like Cummings that returned for the completion of the IHRA Holley Spring Nationals.

The Top Fuel division played host to the end of frustration for Bruce Litton. The former Top Dragster racer turned Top Fuel pilot hit paydirt in the finals as he outran the Texas-based, dragster of Don Lampus. Both drivers carded comparable reaction times, but it was Litton that stayed glued to the track longer and won with a 4.933/286.62.

The two-wheeled equivalent to the nitro-burners saw defending World Champion John Mancuso bounce back from a DNQ at the previous event to score his victory Screamin' Eagle/Top Fuel Harley victory of 1999 over first-time IHRA finalist Steve Moore.

Von Smith gave a stunning example of why he carries the number one on the side of his Pro Alcohol Funny Car. The defending IHRA World Champion pushed his Big Daddy's BBQ Sauces & Spices entry to victory over former multi-champion Mark Thomas. En-route to winning the event, he qualified on the pole and scored both low elapsed time and top speed of the event.

Pro Stock whittled down to an all-Ford battle as Floyd Cheek made in two in a row by stopping former class champion Jon Yoak. Cheek wheeled the United Brake Parts-sponsored, Ford Probe to a winning 6.741/206.99.

Pro Modified, which is essentially a Pro Stock division on steroids, was the property of the man known simply as "Iceman". Shannon Jenkins lays claim to that moniker and he showed why at Rockingham. The veteran racer from Tuscaloosa, Al., strapped a holeshot on every opponent and posted a 6.439/216.50 to stop Quain Stott in the finals.

Super Eliminator afficinados were treated to a geniune treat when the most dominant driver of the 1999 season met the one who carried the designation last season. It was over quickly as Larry Snyder pushed his supercharged, small-block dragster to victory over the nitrous-injected rail of defending World Champion Dave Price. Snyder posted a 6.264/215.05 in his winning effort.

The sportsman contingent were well represented as Mike Swinarski (Top Sportsman Quick Eight), Scott Duggins (Top Dragster), Tim Sloan (Modified), Paul Russell (Super Stock), Monty Joe Bogan, Jr. (Stock), Scotty Stillings (Quick Rod), Jimmy Fuller (Super Rod) and David Hill (Hot Rod) joined Cummings as the sportsman winners at the IHRA Holley Spring Nationals.

Holley Performance Products have been a staunch supporter of IHRA Championship Drag Racing dating back as far as the early-Eighties with the sponsorship of a 7-second club for Pro Stockers. Ironically, it was at Rockingham in 1980 that Rickie Smith became a charter member of the 16-driver program. They spread the wealth among the sportsman drivers by stepping in to sponsor a season-ending, 8-car shootout for the Quick Rod, Super Rod and Hot Rod racers.

The veteran fuel management company stepped up for the 1999 season and offered the largest contingency program ever offered by a single company within the industry by posting over a million dollars available to all racers. Holley Performance Products recently acquired such reputable companies such as Lunati, Weiand, Percy's Adjsta-A-Jet and merged with Oberg to form Oberg-Holley filters.

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Series Drag
Drivers Mark Thomas , Quain Stott , Shannon Jenkins , David Hill , Don Lampus , Rickie Smith , Von Smith