Pro Mod: Las Vegas Challenge final notes

Shannon Jenkins a Winner at Vegas Mike Ashley Pro Mod Challenge Champion LAS VEGAS (October 31, 2004) -- For the first time since its inception in 2001, the NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge, an NHRA exhibition class, moved to a 16-car ...

Shannon Jenkins a Winner at Vegas
Mike Ashley Pro Mod Challenge Champion

LAS VEGAS (October 31, 2004) -- For the first time since its inception in 2001, the NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge, an NHRA exhibition class, moved to a 16-car field with the first round of eliminations held on Saturday and the quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals on Sunday.

In the opening round on Saturday, Jay Payne defeated No. 1 qualifier Mike Castellana on a holeshot and Pro Mod legend Scotty Cannon saw his son Scott Cannon, Jr. take over the '53 Studebaker and defeated Von Smith.

Other first round winners included Richie Stevens, Jr., Zach Barklage, Mike Ashley, Danny Rowe, Shannon Jenkins and Chip King.

With his win in the first round, coupled with Al Billes loss to Ashley's teammate Danny Rowe, Mike Ashley wrapped up the championship for 2004 for the Pro Mod class. He will receive the DRO/NMM Cup at the AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge awards banquet at the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip this evening.

"We worked hard all season," said Ashley, who drives the Unique Performance/Infinet Insurance/Torco Racing Fuels '67 Shelby Mustang. "It all started here (Las Vegas) last season. We didn't have the kind of season that measured up to our standards so we made a game plan to be the best this year. We went out and tested and that proved to help. I've always said our team was made up of a bunch of winners. Now we are champions."

In the second round Scott Cannon, Jr. took an easy win over Jay Payne, Zach Barklage turned back Richie Stevens, Jr., Mike Ashley got the best of teammate Danny Rowe and Shannon Jenkins defeated Chip King.

The semifinals saw Scott Cannon, Jr. (6.332/224.36), on a holeshot, moved to his first final round on the NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge circuit when he defeated Zach Barklage (6.321/226.54). His opponent will be Shannon Jenkins (6.277/222.58) who turned back a tire shaking Mike Ashley (13.069/116.36).

The veteran Jenkins, behind the wheel of a '68 Camaro, took command at the starting lights over the rookie Cannon and marched to the win light to take the final NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge of 2004.

Jenkins covered the quarter-mile at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in 6.271 seconds to a 6.670 second pass for Cannon.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Chip King , Scotty Cannon , Shannon Jenkins , Al Billes , Mike Ashley , Jay Payne , Zach Barklage , Danny Rowe