Eliminations: Sixth annual NHRA Lucas Oil Route 66 Nationals Route 66 Raceway -- Joliet, Ill. Fred Hahn wins second NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge in 2003 JOLIET, Ill. (June 1, 2003) -- Fred Hahn took his second Pro Mod win of 2003...
Sixth annual NHRA Lucas Oil Route 66 Nationals
Route 66 Raceway -- Joliet, Ill.
Fred Hahn wins second NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge in 2003
JOLIET, Ill. (June 1, 2003) -- Fred Hahn took his second Pro Mod win of 2003 by winning the NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge being held this weekend as part of the NHRA Lucas Oil Route 66 Nationals.
In the opening round, Fred Hahn, the No. 1 qualifier, from West Seneca, N.Y., easily defeated Scott Ray, from Greenville, Ohio, who was in the first elimination round of his career. Other first round winners were: Mike Stawicki, from Medina, N.Y., who won his first round ever; Mike Ashley, the mortgage banker from Melville, N.Y.; and Troy Critchley, an Australian now residing in Wylie, Texas.
In one half of the semifinals, it was the first Pro Mod match up between Hahn and Stawicki, who both hail from the Buffalo area. They have raced against each other for 25 years and have met in other classes but never in Pro Mod. Hahn's Summit Racing 2002 Corvette is owned by the veteran drag racer and renowned engine builder Jim Oddy. Stawicki's '63 Corvette receives backing from the rock band Snapcase, who records on the Victory Records label.
The other half of the semifinals ladder matches Ashley, in the InfiNet '41 Willys, against Critchley, behind the wheel of the AMS Staff Leasing '96 Corvette.
Critchley, who qualified third, ran straight down the left lane in 6.256 seconds at 223.62 mph, while Ashley, the No. 2 qualifier, took the longer route, moving around the right lane, recording a 6.403 second pass at 222.55 mph. Hahn once again had an easy time in defeating Stawicki, who qualified fifth. The final round will find Hahn against Critchley, Corvette against Corvette, with lane choice going to Hahn by virtue of his 6.247 second run in the semifinals.
At the start, tire shake forced Critchley toward the center line, while Hahn raced to the win light and the Pro Mod title, his third in the three years that Pro Mods have raced on the NHRA national event circuit. In the final round, Hahn raced to an elapsed time (E.T.) of 6.328 seconds at a speed of 205.57 mph. Critchley, who shut down after early tire shake coasted to an E.T. of 13.240 seconds.
"We came in here hoping we could do well in qualifying and win this thing," said Hahn. "We made it through the day and fought our way to the final. That's what we came here for - to win. No one ever comes out to race hoping to lose.
"We absolutely achieved every objective that we had for this event. We didn't come in expecting to set the record, but we did want to qualify number one and win the race. Everything came together perfect."
Team owner Jim Oddy said, "This really turned out well for us. It wasn't pretty at times, but we worked hard and tried to grab all of the points that we could. This was really, really great for us. We are going to chase this and hope we can take home this trophy.
"Englishtown really threw us for a loop, but we managed to get a better grip on it this weekend. We even will go as far as to say that we learned a few things. Sunday is a whole new day. The track is totally different and tough to handle sometimes."
Oddy is proud of his longtime driver. "He's the best. Those .022 lights say it all."
The next event, the sixth of 10 on the NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge, an exhibition class on the NHRA National event circuit, will be held June 27-29 when the Seventh annual NHRA Sears Craftsman Nationals unfolds at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Ill., just across the river from St. Louis.
Final round-by-round results from NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge, an exhibition class on the NHRA national event circuit, being held at the Sixth annual Lucas Oil NHRA Route 66 Nationals at Route 66 Raceway.
ROUND ONE -- Mike Stawicki, Chevy Corvette, 6.231, 226.96 def. Roy Hill, Ford Mustang, 6.125, 230.25; Troy Critchley, Corvette, 6.189, 224.25 def. Rickie Smith, Corvette, 6.270, 214.55; Mike Ashley, Willys, 8.763, 103.14 def. Marty McGinnis, Chevrolet, foul; Fred Hahn, Corvette, 6.254, 228.15 def. Scott Ray, Corvette, 13.711, 74.50;
SEMIFINALS -- Hahn, 6.247, 228.15 def. Stawicki, 13.488, 68.90; Critchley, 6.256, 223.62 def. Ashley, 6.403, 222.55;
FINALS -- Hahn, 6.328, 205.57 def. Critchley, 13.240, 74.01.