FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Anthony Vestal IHRA Director of Communications More information: (423) 764-1164 June 23, 1997 Crane Cams Presidentâ€™s Cup sportsman winners include Lefter, Foxwell and Moon BUDDS CREEK, Md. -- T.J. Lefter, ...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Anthony Vestal IHRA Director of Communications More information: (423) 764-1164
June 23, 1997
Crane Cams President’s Cup sportsman winners include Lefter, Foxwell and Moon
BUDDS CREEK, Md. -- T.J. Lefter, David Foxwell and Rick Moon were among sportsman category winners at the 6th annual Crane Cams President’s Cup Nationals, June 22 at the Maryland International Raceway. The race was the third national event on the IHRA Snap-on Tools Championship Drag Racing Series. Lefter, of Indianapolis, put an end to Larry Plummer’s IHRA Snap-on Tools Drag Racing Series national event winning spree, topping Billy Dewitt in the final round to take his first API-Vic Richards Quick 8 Top Dragster title of the 1997 season. Lefter ran 6.39 seconds at 209.33 miles per hour to Dewitt’s 6.45, 210.31 effort. In order to advance to the final, Lefter had to outrun top qualifier Dave Price in the semi-finals. Price, driving a 1995 Chassis Craft dragster, became the first driver in any drag racing category to crack the 220 mile per hour barrier using a naturally-aspirated, nitrous-injected motor. The Norwalk, Ohio driver’s qualifying effort of 6.26 seconds, 220.62 mph established a new standard for the API-Vic Richards Quick 8 Top Dragster division. API-Vic Richards, yearlong sponsor for the API-Vic Richards Quick 8 Top Dragster division, manufactures most of the high-performance transmissions used in the API-Vic Richards Quick 8 Top Dragster class. Foxwell, of Cambridge, Md., outran first-time Top Dragster qualifier Scott Duggins in final round eliminations. Duggins, a three-time IHRA Quick Rod World Champion, qualified for his first race in the category, after missing the cut three weeks ago at Bristol, Tenn.’s Prolong Super Lubricants Spring Nationals presented by Parts Pro Performance Centers. Foxwell took the holeshot and ran 7.65 seconds at 173.76 mph, while Duggins came up short at the finish line with a 7.33, 180.02 effort. Moon took an uncontested ride into victory lane in the Top Sportsman final. However, Moon, of Rock Hill, S.C., earned the win with tough round victories over the likes of Prolong Super Lubricants Spring Nationals winner Ernie Carrasco, Jeff Kittles, Frank Snellings and Daniel Seamon Jr. Moon’s final round opponent, Mike Corvo Jr., couldn’t make it to the starting line after a devastating crash in a semi-final win over Ronnie Davis. Corvo lost control of his 1994 ZR1 Corvette after taking the win light against Davis, and tumbled to a stop in the shutdown area. Corvo wasn’t injured in the incident, but his car suffered severe damage. Richmond, Va.’s Anthony Bertozzi claimed the win in Modified, knocking off Deat Buckner in the final. Although Buckner took the holeshot, Bertozzi covered the distance quicker at 7.48, 175.80. Bucker, of Kernersville, N.C., ran 7.82, 167.93. Among Sunday highlights for Bertozzi included a perfect reaction time (.500) in a semi-final win over Chuck Nagy. The win moved Bertozzi, the defending IHRA Modified World Champion, into second place in the point standings. Mocksville, N.C.’s James Wilson Jr. won the Super Stock final over Fayetteville, N.C.’s Ed Longhany, while Tex Miller of Fayetteville, Pa. claimed the Stock win over Waldorf, Md.’s Monty Cornwell. Rod category winners included Jeffery O’Neill of Muncy, Pa. (Quick Rod); Rusty Cook of Cynthiana, Ky. (Super Rod); and B.D. Parker of Florence, S.C. (Hot Rod). Sportsman racers will travel to LaRue, Ohio this weekend (June 28-29) for the seventh IHRA World Championship Series event, to be held at the Marion County International Raceway.