Pro Mod Challenge finals summary

Von Smith wins NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge at Dallas. ENNIS, Texas (October 12, 2003) - Third alternate Von Smith, driving the Roy Hill-owned, Liper Group Development-backed '03 Ford Mustang, took the win in the NHRA AMS Staff...

Von Smith wins NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge at Dallas.

ENNIS, Texas (October 12, 2003) - Third alternate Von Smith, driving the Roy Hill-owned, Liper Group Development-backed '03 Ford Mustang, took the win in the NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge, an NHRA exhibition class, held as part of this weekend's NHRA O'Reilly Fall Nationals.

Smith, who qualified No. 11, was inserted into the field when No. 7 qualifier Kirk Kuhns withdrew due to mechanical problems and the first and second alternates elected not to compete. Under AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge rules a driver who competes from an alternate position does not earn championship points for the DRO/NMM Pro Mod Cup.

En route to victory, Smith defeated Shannon Jenkins, Thomas Patterson and Rickie Smith. In defeating Rickie Smith in the final round, Von Smith recorded a pass of 6.258 seconds at 229.29 mph to Rickie Smith's 6.241 seconds at 225.33.

"From outhouse to penthouse... I know it's an old cliche', but it is us today," said Von Smith. "We had found our problem after the last qualifying session and were out of the field and getting ready to leave for testing. That's when they came to us and asked us if we wanted to run due to part breakage of one of the competitors. We said okay and the rest as they say is history. I'm just glad I'm the one who was driving."

Smith set low elapsed time and fastest speed of the weekend in the first round when he blazed the Texas Motorplex quarter-mile in 6.219 seconds at 230.94 mph.

Unofficially, with one race remaining on the NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge, Fred Hahn leads the DRO/NMM Pro Mod Cup standings, with Mitch Stott in the No. 2 position and Tim McAmis third. Official point standings will be released on Tuesday.

Von Smith, who won the Alcohol Funny Car class one year ago at this event, is No. 10 in points, going to the final round in the last three consecutive NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge events. This is his first NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge win.

Primary sponsor Liper Group Development, owned by CEO Tom Liper, will take over total ownership of the Von Smith-driven "03 Mustang at season-end.

The next event, the tenth and final event on the 2003 NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge schedule, will be held as part of the 3rd annual NHRA ACDelco Las Vegas Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Oct. 23-26.

PRO MODIFIED:

ROUND ONE
Tim McAmis, Chevy Corvette, 6.253, 225.22
    def. Mike Ashley, Willys, 6.324, 223.26
Thomas Patterson, Willys, 6.240, 226.30
    def. Mike Castellana, Chevy Camaro, foul
Von Smith, Ford Mustang, 6.219, 230.94


    def. Shannon Jenkins, Camaro, 6.251, 222.99
Rickie Smith, Corvette, 6.245, 224.66
    def. Scott Ray, Corvette, 6.292, 222.71;

SEMIFINALS -- V. Smith, 6.256, 229.76
    def. Patterson, 6.275, 226.35
R. Smith, 6.237, 224.88
    def. McAmis, 6.291, 224.10;

FINALS -- V. Smith, 6.258, 229.29
    def. R. Smith, 6.241, 225.33.

-nhra-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Fred Hahn , Thomas Patterson , Scott Ray , Shannon Jenkins , Rickie Smith , Mike Ashley , Tim McAmis , Von Smith , Kirk Kuhns