Budds Creek Eliminations Recap

BUDDS CREEK MD - SUMMIT FastNews - BUDDS CREEK, Md. -- Winners at the ExpressAutoParts.com President's Cup Nationals at Maryland International Raceway included Jay Turner, in the Screamin' Eagle Nitro Harley division, Ed Hoover, in the Mopar Parts...

BUDDS CREEK MD - SUMMIT FastNews - BUDDS CREEK, Md. -- Winners at the ExpressAutoParts.com President's Cup Nationals at Maryland International Raceway included Jay Turner, in the Screamin' Eagle Nitro Harley division, Ed Hoover, in the Mopar Parts Pro Mod ified division, Von Smith, in the Big Daddy's BBQ Funny Car division, Chris Holbrook, in the Sunoco Fuels Pro Stock division, and Laurie Cannister, in Super Eliminator. Holbrook and Pro Modified runner-up Shannon Jenkins also unofficially clinched 1999 world driving titles in their respective divisions. Turner faced off against Bill Furr in the final round of eliminations, winning with a 6.631 second, 203.89 mph run against Furr's 6.791 at 180.02. Turner also recorded a speed record of 211.96 mph during qualifying. The win and speed record extended Turner's lead in the driving points, but Turner and Johnny Mancuso will have to settle that contest at the final IHRA event of the year, at Red River Raceway, Shreveport, La. October 15-17. "I left New Hampshire knowing I had to win at least one of the three remaining races. After going out in the first round at Rockingham, I knew I had to win here," said Turner. "The team reloaded and we gave it our best shot. Bill Furr taught me everyth ing I know about racing motorcycles and it's always great to beat him." Hoover defeated Jenkins in the final round with a 6.434 second, 217.84 mph effort against Jenkins' 6.559 at 212.86 for his second win of the season. Hoover has beaten Jenkins in the last four consecutive races, more than any other driver this year. Iron ically, the wins have come since Jenkins helped Hoover find an elusive electrical problem. "There was a time during the season when I wondered if we could ever win a first round," said Hoover. "Now after wins at Norwalk (Ohio) and here, it seems like we're learning the secret. Troy Critchley reset the Pro Modified elapsed time record at 6.227 seconds during qualifying, but lost to Hoover in the semifinals when the driver's side door blew off Critchley's '49 Mercury. Smith, who clinched the Funny Car driving title prior to this event, won his sixth event of the year with a 5.929 at 238.01 over Mark Thomas' 6.010 at 233.16. The win gives Smith fourteen career event wins in Funny Car and broke a tie with Thomas, who is now second with thirteen, and gives Smith the record for the most wins in a season. After his sixth win, Smith explained, "Some people consider this overkill (speaking of his six wins). I consider it racing. Just because you clinch a championship doesn't mean you quit trying to win. I intend to win every time I come to a race track."

Thomas countered, "We had a real good, close race, but I want to win at Shreveport so I can once again be tied for most Funny Car wins in IHRA history." Holbrook met his closest competitor in the driver's title chase, Floyd Cheek, in the final round. Holbrook's winning run, 6.697 at 208.55, was the quickest of Pro Stock eliminations, while Cheek slowed with transmission problems. After clinching the title, Stewart Evans Ford Credit Probe driver Holbrook said, "This is awesome. It really hasn't sunk in yet. I knew at the beginning of the season that we'd be competitive, but never dreamed we'd clinch the championship with one race to go. I want to salute the entire Stewart Evans team." Team owner Stewart Evans, who gave up driving duties early in the season to concentrate on winning a championship for Holbrook, said, "It was a storybook finish. In the semifinals we burned the clutch. With no data we took a shot and ran a 6.6 and won. I want to salute the whole team for working together all season long. Tom Lee lowered the Pro Stock elapsed time record to 6.906 seconds during qualifying. Cannister's win was her third of the season and came against defending world champion Dave Price. Cannister was clocked at 6.176 seconds and 216.90 mph while Price slowed to a 6.993 at 147.37. Cannister held the Super Eliminator elapsed time record for one day, but Neal Parker came away from the event with that honor, lowering the mark to 6.056 seconds during qualifying. Cannister was pleased with the outcome, "I'm happy we got by Snyder. Now he only has me four wins to two. This one was for my crew chief. We won the best engineered car and held a national record overnight. I just had to get it for him. Snyder says he's the King, I'm happy to be the Queen." Results provided by the FastNews Network, courtesy of Summit Racing Equipment ** http://www.summitracing.com/ **

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Series Drag
Drivers Laurie Cannister , Mark Thomas , Johnny Mancuso , Ed Hoover , Shannon Jenkins , Troy Critchley , Von Smith