Leicester Event Recap

LEICESTER - Event Recap by Larry Sullivan LEICESTER, N.Y. - SUMMIT FastNews - Sunday was a relatively uneventful day at the 1998 CARQUEST Empire Nationals and that was good news for Paul Romine, Jon Yoak, Scotty Cannon, Von Smith, and Dave...

LEICESTER - Event Recap by Larry Sullivan LEICESTER, N.Y. - SUMMIT FastNews - Sunday was a relatively uneventful day at the 1998 CARQUEST Empire Nationals and that was good news for Paul Romine, Jon Yoak, Scotty Cannon, Von Smith, and Dave Price, the winners in their respective Professional categories. Romine, driving the CARQUEST Top Fuel dragster, was unopposed in the final round when points leader Tommy Johnson Jr. was unable to repair damage from an engine explosion in the semifinals. Romine still gave the crowd a show, running 5.009 seconds at 284.03 mph on his final pass, closing the event. Yoak met Pete Berner in the final round of Pro Stock eliminations, posting a relatively sedate 7.945 at 128.57 when Berner left too early, drawing a red light foul. The win was Yoak's first. Cannon faced number-one qualifier Fred Hahn in the final round of Pro Modified, Cannon's '53 Studebaker clocked at 6.458 seconds and 217.35 mph against Hahn's 6.630 at 208.07. Points leader Von Smith raced Scott Weney in the Alcohol Funny Car final round, his 6.149 at 227.84 besting Weney's 6.231 at 225.63. Price consistently posted new track records through qualifying and eliminations, besting Terry Munroe's blown altered in the final round of the new Super Eliminator category, surprisingly needing a better reaction time to win with a 6.518 at 212.26 over Munroe's quicker 6.448 at 216.24. Sportsman final rounds: Top Dragster - Tony Karnik defeated Rick Willard Top Sportsman - Gary Bingham defeated Jeff Dobbins Modified Eliminator - Dennis Mitchell defeated Doc Bilbrey Super Stock - Robert Bullard defeated David Thomas Stock - Gregory Gay defeated Ray Vierheller III Quick Rod - Scotty Stillings defeated Billy Leber Super Rod - Mark Hazelton defeated Mark Horton Hot Rod - Billy Italio defeated John Furr Results provided by the FastNews Network, courtesy of Summit Racing Equipment ** http://www.summitracing.com/ **

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Series NHRA
Drivers Paul Romine , Fred Hahn , Scott Weney , Scotty Cannon , Mark Horton , Von Smith , Mark Hazel , Tommy Johnson Jr.