Madison Pro Mod Challenge Friday qualifying

Tim McAmis leads NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge qualifying after first day, MADISON, Ill. (June 27, 2003) -- Pro Mod results Friday after qualifying for the NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge, the sixth of 10 exhibition events...

Tim McAmis leads NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge qualifying after first day,

MADISON, Ill. (June 27, 2003) -- Pro Mod results Friday after qualifying for the NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge, the sixth of 10 exhibition events on the NHRA national event circuit, being held as part of the Seventh annual Sears Craftsman Nationals at Gateway International Raceway. Qualifying will continue Saturday for Sunday's final eliminations.

Pro Modified -- 1. Tim McAmis, Chevy Corvette, 6.231, 226.51; 2. Thomas Patterson, Willys, 6.252, 225.26; 3. Shannon Jenkins, Chevy Camaro, 6.287, 221.42; 4. Mike Castellana, Camaro, 6.295, 220.12; 5. Rickie Smith, Corvette, 6.307, 221.78; 6. Troy Critchley, Corvette, 6.349, 220.87; 7. Rick Stivers, Corvette, 6.354, 223.58; 8. Mike Ashley, Willys, 6.363, 221.96;

Notes:

#1: Tim McAmis, a Missouri native from Hawk Point, nailed down the number one qualify position after the first of two days of qualifying when he recorded a pass of 6.231 seconds at 226.51 mph in his '63 Corvette. McAmis was also the number one qualifier at the K&N Filters SuperNationals in Englishtown, N.J. in May. There is two additional qualifying sessions scheduled for Saturday.

Point Leader Struggles: After Friday's two qualifying sessions, Fred Hahn, from West Seneca, N.Y., in the Jim Oddy-owned '02 Corvette, was in 11th position on the qualifying grid. The DRO/NMM Cup point leader has two more qualifying session on Saturday in which to improve his current position and move into the top eight qualifiers that will compete for the pro Mod title on Sunday. In Friday's opening session the Oddy-Hahn combo had engine problems when an engine malfunction (rods) caused an early end to what appeared to be a good pass. After repairs Hahn did not improve in the session session of the day.

Kuhlmann Unhurt: Bill Kuhlmann, from Wentzville, Mo., escaped injury in the opening qualifying session on Friday after his '69 Corvette crossed the center line and hit the retaining wall on the opposite side of the Gateway Raceway track. After hitting the wall, the tire on Kulhmann's car came loose from the car and rolled down the quarter-mile drag strip, with Kulhmann's car coming to rest back in his original lane. The initial cause of the accident was due to the center coming out of the wheel. It is unlikely that Kuhlmann will return to competition this weekend.

Sponsor for Rocca: Johnny Rocca, a Native American driver from Leesburg, Va., announced today the addition of Native American Industries, a company that specializes in airport paving and traffic signal installation, as the primary sponsor on his '49 Mercury.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Johnny Rocca , Shannon Jenkins , Mike Ashley , Tim McAmis , Rick Stivers , Troy Critchley