BRISTOL, Tenn. (May 3, 2004) - NOTE: Due to persistent rains, eliminations on Sunday were postponed until Monday, May 03, 2004. Today's (Monday's) starting field for the NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge, an NHRA exhibition class, was...
BRISTOL, Tenn. (May 3, 2004) - NOTE: Due to persistent rains, eliminations on Sunday were postponed until Monday, May 03, 2004.
Today's (Monday's) starting field for the NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge, an NHRA exhibition class, was made up of three drivers - Fred Hahn, Thomas Patterson and Mike Castellana -- who qualified for their first event of 2004, one driver, Scotty Cannon, who has now qualified for two of the three events contested and four drivers - Mitch Stott, Ed Hoover, Al Billes and Von Smith - who have qualified for every event.
Seven of the eight starting cars utilized supercharged engines. The lone nitrous-assisted powered car belongs to Mike Castellana, who qualified No. 8, but the Westbury, N.Y. driver was shut-off at the starting line leaving only supercharged Pro Mods to contend for today's title.
The weather for the opening round of eliminations was cool (around 50-degrees) and entirely different than the 70- to 80-degree weather the Pro Mods qualified in on Friday and Saturday. Track temperature for the opening round was slightly over 60-degrees.
In an all Chevrolet Corvette final, Canadian Al Billes, in a '53 Corvette, met Mitch Stott, the driver of the Radiac '63 Corvette in the final round.
En route to the final round Billes, from Barrie, Ont., defeated Ed Hoover's '63 Corvette and Fred Hahn, the No. 1 qualifier and driver of the Jim Oddy-owned '01 Corvette. For Billes it was his second final round in the three races contested so far in the NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge.
Stott, the reigning IHRA champion from Mill Spring, N.C., turned back Thomas Patterson, in a '41 Willys and Von Smith the driver of the Tommy Lipar Racing "04 Ford Mustang.
By the final round the track temperature was up to 70-degrees, but the final round was decided at the lights when Stott red-lighted (foul start). Billes ran an impressive 6.243 second pass at 226.24 mph to win his second NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge title in 2004, while Stott, was runner-up at Bristol for the second consecutive year.
"We all have our ups and downs," explained Billes. "It's great when things are going your way. The car is working well and our team is performing great. Our car works great and Tim McAmis builds a heck of a consistent car. The car has been the key to our success."
Fred Hahn in the Summit Racing Corvette took top honors for quickest elapsed time (E.T.) and fastest speed of the event. He posted an E.T. of 6.201 seconds and a speed of 228.65 mph.
The next event for the NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge is the NHRA Route 66 Nationals at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill., May 20-23, 2004.
Monday's final finishing order (1-8) for the NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge, an NHRA exhibition class, being held at the fourth annual O'Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals presented by Quaker State at Bristol Dragway.
PRO MODIFIED: 1. Al Billes, Chevy Corvette; 2. Mitch Stott, Chevy Camaro; 3. Von Smith, Ford Mustang; 4. Fred Hahn, Corvette; 5. Thomas Patterson, Willys; 6. Ed Hoover, Corvette; 7. Scotty Cannon, Studebaker; 8. Mike Castellana, Camaro.
Monday's final results from the third of 10 events on the NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge, an NHRA exhibition class, being held at the fourth annual O'Reilly NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals presented by Quaker State at Bristol Dragway:
ROUND ONE -- Al Billes, Chevy Corvette, 6.230, 226.43 def. Ed Hoover, Corvette, 6.447, 183.22; Von Smith, Ford Mustang, 6.243, 227.50 def. Scotty Cannon, Studebaker, 11.326, 73.11; Mitch Stott, Chevy Corvette, 6.227, 226.66 def. Thomas Patterson, Willys, 6.233, 226.58; Fred Hahn, Corvette, 6.658, 164.73 def. Mike Castellana, Camaro, broke; SEMIFINALS -- Billes, 6.218, 226.24 def. Hahn, 13.175, 75.03; M. Stott, 6.224, 226.77 def. V. Smith, 6.244, 227.92; FINALS -- Billes, 6.243, 226.24 def. M. Stott, foul.