Shreveport Saturday Recap

SHREVEPORT - Saturday Recap Rain Doesn't Dampen the Racing by Larry Sullivan SHREVEPORT, La. - SUMMIT FastNews - Wet grounds delayed the start of Saturday's qualifying for the IHRA World Finals and rain brought things to an abrupt end in the...

SHREVEPORT - Saturday Recap Rain Doesn't Dampen the Racing by Larry Sullivan SHREVEPORT, La. - SUMMIT FastNews - Wet grounds delayed the start of Saturday's qualifying for the IHRA World Finals and rain brought things to an abrupt end in the middle of the "Night of Fire" Professional qualifying session, but in between the two events, fans were treated to some great racing. Perhaps the biggest story of the day was Tommy Johnson Jr.'s failure to qualify for the event, apparently throwing the driving championship to defending champion Paul Romine. However, Romine is ten points short of clinching the title and must win his first round match with Luigi Novelli in order to take the title away from Johnson. Doug Herbert qualified atop the Top Fuel eliminations ladder with a 4.790 second elapsed time, at 307.09 mph. He will face Steve Smith in the first round. The sudden downpour that ended the day caught the finalists in the Sunoco Pro Stock Showdown sitting in the staging lanes, just moments away from determining which would get the $20,000 winner's share. Angelo Alesci and Daniel Seamon ran identical 6.730 elapsed times in the semifinals, so the final round match promised to be a close one. Alesci also qualified atop the Pro Stock field for the World Finals, his 6.717 at 205.76 mph Friday good enough to hold off all challengers. He will face Ed Mahacek in the first round of eliminations. In Pro Modified, Scotty Cannon once again heads the field, clocked at 6.371 seconds and 220.69 mph, barely holding off Shannon Jenkins' determined, last-ditch charge in the final round that produced a 6.381 at 219.65. Pro Modified qualifying is not completed yet, however, since Billy Harper was staging to make his final qualifying run when the skies opened. He will be given another chance when racing resumes. Scott Weney sits atop the Alcohol Funny Car ladder, running 5.919 seconds at 236.26 mph in Saturday's only qualifying session for the category. As with Pro Stock, the AFC cars were sitting in the staging lanes when the rains came and their final session will not be made up. In Super Eliminator, Dan Bandish reset the national elapsed time record enroute to his number one spot on the ladder, posting a 6.143 second, 220.51 mph run on his final qualifying attempt. In the final rounds of the Holley Rod Class Shootout Saturday, Billy Smith defeated Billy Vaughn in Hot Rod, Jeff Rudisill defeated Tim McGuire in Super Rod, and Rusty Cook defeated Mark Horton in Quick Rod. Final eliminations are scheduled to begin at noon Sunday, October 17, at Red River Raceway. Results provided by the FastNews Network, courtesy of Summit Racing Equipment ** http://www.summitracing.com/ **

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Series Drag
Drivers Paul Romine , Doug Herbert , Scott Weney , Steve Smith , Scotty Cannon , Angelo Alesci , Shannon Jenkins , Rusty Cook , Luigi Novelli , Mark Horton , Tommy Johnson Jr.