Harper goes to First Round of Eliminations at Norwalk. NORWALK, Ohio (August 27, 2002) - Thirty-seven pro modified cars descended on Norwalk, Ohio this past weekend to compete in the 25th Annual International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Sunoco ...
Harper goes to First Round of Eliminations at Norwalk.
NORWALK, Ohio (August 27, 2002) - Thirty-seven pro modified cars descended on Norwalk, Ohio this past weekend to compete in the 25th Annual International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Sunoco World Nationals. Despite the fierce competition, Billy Harper and his 2000 Dodge Viper qualified fifth for the final rounds of competition.
Harper lined up on Friday for the first round of qualifying in the left lane of the quarter-mile asphalt drag strip paired against Zach Barklage and his 2002 Grand Am. Harper easily beat the time of his competitor clocking in with a speed of 211.30 miles per hour. Harper was listed in the 21st position upon the completion of Friday's qualifying round.
On Saturday, Harper and his team, who were scheduled to go out last in the second round of qualifying, were forced to patiently wait as their competitors attempted to improve on the earlier times. Unfortunately, round two wasn't as successful for the 2000 Dodge Viper team, and once the field completed their passes, Harper was listed in the 29th position.
With just one more round of qualifying left to make it into the 16-car final field, Harper and his crew anxiously approached the line for their third pass. The team saved its best for last as Harper shot down the drag strip at a speed of 224.40 miles per hour. Once all 37 cars had made their qualifying runs, Harper and his 2000 Dodge Viper were listed in fifth.
Entering into the first round of eliminations, Harper was already pleased with his team's performance. "We have had a great weekend so far. With 37 pro mods here this weekend, I am really proud that we clocked the fifth fastest qualifying time. Regardless of how things work out in elminations, I would call this weekend a success."
Harper was paired for the first round of eliminations against Troy Critchley who was driving a 1953 Corvette. Despite beating Critchley off the line, Harper couldn't hold off the Corvette's advances and was eliminated.
The weekend's events enabled Harper to get warmed up for this weekend's National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) event to be held at Indianapolis Raceway Park. The 48th Annual U.S. Nationals will be held August 28 through September 2, with the first round of pro modified qualifying taking place on Friday, August 30.