Pro Mod Shootout Memphis preview

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (September 16, 2003) -- The NHRA O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals presented by Pennzoil, being contested this weekend at Memphis Motorsports Park, will be the last opportunity for Pro Mod drivers to qualify for the First annual AMS...

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (September 16, 2003) -- The NHRA O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals presented by Pennzoil, being contested this weekend at Memphis Motorsports Park, will be the last opportunity for Pro Mod drivers to qualify for the First annual AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Shootout, a special race-within-a-race, that will be held during the 18th annual O'Reilly Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex, Saturday, Oct. 11.

Drivers competing in the NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge, an NHRA exhibition class, earn points based on how they qualify at the first eight of ten events at which the Pro Mods compete. At each of the eight events, drivers earn between eight and one point -- eight points for qualifying No. 1, seven points for qualifying No. 2, down to one point for qualifying eighth. Points are awarded on qualifying performance; therefore, no points are awarded for DNQs (not qualifying).

The eight Pro Mod drivers accumulating the most points during the season-long qualifying earn a position in the AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Shootout. Currently, entering the NHRA O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals, the point standings for the AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Shootout are as follows:

POSITION -- DRIVER POINTS REMARKS
1) Fred Hahn 42 (4 No. 1s)
2) Tim McAmis 38 (3 No. 1s)
3) Mike Ashley 24
4) Thomas Patterson 21
5) Mitch Stott 21
6) Quain Stott 16
7) Al Billes 15
8) Rickie Smith 14
9) Roy Hill 11
10) Mike Stawicki 10
11) Shannon Jenkins 9
12) Mike Castellana 8
13) Troy Critchley 7
14) Frankie Taylor 5
15) Von Smith 5
16) Chip King 4
17) Marty McGinnis 2
18) Scott Ray 1

Fred Hahn, driver of the Jim Oddy-owned Summit Racing Corvette, and Tim McAmis, driver of the Sanders Motorsports Corvette, have a lock on the first and second qualifying positions for the Shootout, with Hahn holding the upper hand.

If Hahn qualifies No. 5 or better, he will become the No. 1 seed for the Shootout no matter where McAmis qualifies. Additionally, if Hahn qualifies six , McAmis must qualify first to assume the top spot from Hahn. If Hahn is seventh, McAmis must be the No. 1 or No. 2 qualifier, and if Hahn is the final qualifier in the field of eight, McAmis must be in one of the top three qualifying position. Finally, if Hahn should fail to qualify, McAmis must be one of the top four qualifiers.

Mathematically, all drivers with seven points or better have a chance at making the field for this year's AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Shootout.

-nhra-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Fred Hahn , Quain Stott , Chip King , Thomas Patterson , Frankie Taylor , Scott Ray , Shannon Jenkins , Mike Stawicki , Rickie Smith , Al Billes , Mike Ashley , Tim McAmis , Troy Critchley , Marty McGinnis , Von Smith