Budds Creek Saturday Recap

BUDDS CREEK - Saturday Recap Quickest-ever in Pro Stock, Pro Mod by Larry Sullivan BUDDS CREEK, Md. - SUMMIT FastNews - The fans who found their way to Maryland International Raceway for the traditional IHRA "Night of Fire" final...

BUDDS CREEK - Saturday Recap Quickest-ever in Pro Stock, Pro Mod by Larry Sullivan BUDDS CREEK, Md. - SUMMIT FastNews - The fans who found their way to Maryland International Raceway for the traditional IHRA "Night of Fire" final qualifying session for the 7th annual President's Cup Nationals got their money's worth, and then some. In addition to seeing quickest-ever fields set in Pro Stock and Pro Modified, they were treated to back-to-back world records by Pro Stock teammates, sobered by two scary-looking accidents where the drivers walked away, thrilled by close, quick competition in the Top Sportsman Quick 8, and dazzled by exhibition jet runs with fireworks going off overhead. When the dust and the smoke settled, Stewart Evans, Shannon Jenkins, Von Smith, and Dan Bandish were atop four very quick, very tight ladders for Sunday's eliminations. Pro Stock fans perhaps got the biggest helpings on their plates, the Stewart Evans team serving up back-to-back world records with their two Ford Probes. Chris Holbrook rewrote both ends of the IHRA record book with a 6.683 second, 208.36 mph run to take over the top spot on the ladder, only to watch as teammate Evans reset the ET record to 6.678 in the very next pair of cars down the track. Evans speed, 207.02, left Holbrook with the speed half of the record. The sixteen-car Pro Stock field also features the quickest bump time ever, Dwayne Rice hanging on to the last rung of the ladder with a 6.750, the entire field gathered under a very skimpy 0.072-second blanket. The first of two accidents on the day came during the afternoon Pro Stock qualifying session, when Rick Ruth's 1998 Pontiac Firebird went out of control near the middle of its run, sliding sideways and then flipping over when the air got under the car. The car then barrel-rolled several times and was badly damaged, but Ruth emerged uninjured. The other "quickest ever" field came in the Pro Modified ranks, where Jenkins roared to the top of the ladder on a last-session 6.424 second, 212.49 mph run. Scotty Cannon, who was slowed with 100 pounds of added weight for this event, qualified second with a 6.452, bypassing the scales after running a quicker 6.447 in the final session. Billy Harper qualified in the sixteenth spot with a 6.518, the field covered by an even smaller (0.066-second) blanket than Pro Stock. Smith holds the top spot on the Alcohol Funny Car ladder, his 5.884 at 237.13 mph from Friday good enough to hold off determined challenges today. The bottom half of the field moved closer, Mark Poyser ending up on the last rung at 6.157 seconds. The sixteen-car Super Eliminator field is also a quick one, headed by Bandish's 6.209 at 220.80. Dave Christensen held on to the bump spot with a 6.487. In the Holbrook Tools Top Sportsman Quick 8, Tommy Mauney faced the quickest car in the field in Mike Swinarski and took the win, strength against strength, Mauney's 6.602 at 208.88 mph more than enough against Swinarski's 6.699 at 206.32. Final eliminations are scheduled to start at noon Sunday at the southern Maryland track. Results provided by the FastNews Network, courtesy of Summit Racing Equipment ** http://www.summitracing.com/ **

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Series Drag
Drivers Scotty Cannon , Dwayne Rice , Shannon Jenkins