ROCKINGHAM, NC - After a promising debut at the season opener in Darlington, with his new Viper, Shannon "The Ice Man" Jenkins was hoping for more of the same In Rockingham. Jenkins knew this would be a tough task considering the tight schedule...
ROCKINGHAM, NC - After a promising debut at the season opener in Darlington, with his new Viper, Shannon "The Ice Man" Jenkins was hoping for more of the same In Rockingham. Jenkins knew this would be a tough task considering the tight schedule trying to complete his new machine.
The team really had no time to test before Darlington, and also did not test before coming to "The Rock". With the car having it's impressive Greg Ozubko-designed graphics laid on it there was no time for the team to test. Meaning that the only runs on the car were its debut runs at the season opener.
Jenkins had a little trouble staging the car in the first qualifying session. Jenkins' staging problems caused him to deep stage and through off his routine causing a disappointing run of 6.607/219.29, placing him in the 24th spot at the end of the first session. Problems continued to plague the Jenkins team in the second session as his performance went backwards. Jenkins ran an uncharacteristically poor time of 6.809/219.22 leaving him out of the field after two rounds of qualifying. With the third session canceled due to rain the "Ice Man" was left in unfamiliar territory as a non-qualifier. Jenkins teamed up with Billy Harper in the off season. Harper will soon debut a new Viper similar to Jenkins' in the near future. With the luxury of having a two-car effort, and being able to share like data look for the "Ice Man" to start to dominate very soon.