Darlington Finished Six Weeks Later

It is Finished! Rain-delayed IHRA Prolong Super Lubricants Winter Nationals Finished Six Weeks Later Under The Lights DARLINGTON, SC-- Let it be said that good things come to those who wait. Those drivers and spectators that waited patiently...

It is Finished! Rain-delayed IHRA Prolong Super Lubricants Winter Nationals Finished Six Weeks Later Under The Lights

DARLINGTON, SC-- Let it be said that good things come to those who wait. Those drivers and spectators that waited patiently from the original March rainout were rewarded with great conditions and unbelievable competition. The hard working IHRA staff, in conjunction with the Darlington Dragway crew, labored tirelessly to complete the national event in one day. Each driver was afforded a time trial run prior to the start of eliminations at 2 PM.

Top Fuel was captured by the Texan Don Lampus over current points leader Bruce Litton. It was a rematch of the prior event in Rockingham, N.C., which was won by Lampus. This time Lampus was quicker off of the line and never looked back. He sped to a 4.802/288.39, while Litton's hopes went up in a cloud of smoke. Low qualifier Jim Bailey was a early departure at the hands of veteran low budget racer Luigi Novelli.

The nitro-burning, two-wheelers, also known as the Screamin' Eagle Top Fuel Harley presented by Crane division, were headlined by the Vance & Hines-backed, entry of Doug Vancil as he stopped Mike Romine in the final round. Vancil had his Albuquerque, N.M.,-based Harley spewed flames from the headers as he sped to a 6.602/202.79, carrying the front wheel past the 60-foot mark. Romine took the runner-up with a 6.828/196.02.

Dale Brand was a suprise winner in the Pro Alcohol Funny Car division as he stopped current points leader and defending World Champion Von Smith in the final round. Brand used a holeshot to his advantage and that proved to be enough to fend off Smith by a 5.951/236.42 to a quicker, but losing 5.934/237.00.

The IHRA's unique outlaw class, which is known as Pro Modified, entertained a familiar face in the winner's circle. Fred Hahn pushed Jim Oddy's 1954 Corvette to a 6.472/218.62 to add to the frustration of Quain Stott, who dropped his second consecutive final round decision in as many races. Stott outreacted Hahn, but was unable to fend him off with a 6.550/211.89.

Chris Holbrook stopped points leader Floyd Cheek in the finals of Pro Stock eliminator to win his first event of the season. Holbrook wheeled his Ford Probe to a 6.723/206.43 that was enough to stop the undefeated Cheek, who has won two out of three finals during the 1999 season. Cheek kept the race close the entire quarter-mile as he posted a respectable 6.740/204.60. This marked the third consecutive all-Ford final of the 1999 season.

One driver that did retain his undefeated status was Larry Snyder, a veteran Super Eliminator driver. Snyder, who has qualified on the quickest and won every event thus far in 1999, was granted a single in the final round when defending World Champion Dave Price was unable to make the call due to breakage. Earlier in the event, Neal Parker became the fastest driver in the class when he pushed his supercharged Fiat altered to a blazing 226.32 mile per hour lap.

Sportsman results were not complete as of deadline.

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Series Drag
Drivers Fred Hahn , Bruce Litton , Quain Stott , Doug Vancil , Luigi Novelli , Don Lampus , Von Smith , Dale Brand