Darlington Snap-on Finals Qualifying

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Anthony Vestal IHRA Director of Communication More information: (803) 332-0124 October 10, 1997 Romine, Alesci among fastest qualifiers at Snap-on Finals DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Paul Romine led final Top Fuel ...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Anthony Vestal IHRA Director of Communication More information: (803) 332-0124

October 10, 1997

Romine, Alesci among fastest qualifiers at Snap-on Finals

DARLINGTON, S.C. -- Paul Romine led final Top Fuel qualifying Friday at the rain-delayed second-annual Snap-on Finals at Darlington International Dragway. Romine, who has already clinched his first IHRA Snap-on Tools Top Fuel World Championship, covered Darlington's ultra- quick quarter-mile in 4.85 seconds at 295 miles per hour to lead the eight-car field. Doug Herbert was second with a 4.87, 298 effort. Floyd Cheek of Chattanooga, Tenn. secured his first Pro Stock world championship during Friday qualifying, as title contender Richie Stevens failed to make the 16-car field. Cheek, who drives the Dynotech Ford Probe, also won the $20,000 Sunoco Pro Stock Showdown, a special season-long bonus program. Cheek ran 6.75, 205 to John Montecalvo's slower 6.76, 205 to claim the Showdown victory. In other professional qualifying, Cleveland, Ohio's Angelo Alesci earned the top spot in Pro Stock, running 6.71, 205 his 1997 Chevrolet Monte Carlo; Ken Regenthal of Lewisville, N.C. was quickest in Pro Modified, powering his 1963 Corvette a 6.47, 214; and Myerstown, Pa.'s Jim Lape had the fastest Alcohol Funny Car, clocking in at 5.94, 235 in his 1993 Oldsmobile Cutlass. Final eliminations will begin Saturday at 12 noon.

Qualifying results: TOP FUEL: 1. Paul Romine, Indianapolis, Ind., 4.852, 295.85; 2. Doug Herbert, Cherryville, N.C., 4.873, 298.80; 3. Jim Bailey, Mantua, Ohio, 4.899, 294.40; 4. Danny Dunn, Hudson, N.C., 4.964, 297.52; 5. Rit Pustari, Norwalk, Conn., 4.982, 295.46; 6. Steve Smith, Princeton, N.C., 4.996, 256.11; 7. Dave Bieneman, Royal Oak, Mich., 5.058, 283.37; 8. R.C. Sherman, Frederick, Md., 5.088, 262.77. PRO STOCK: 1. Angelo Alesci, Cleveland, Ohio, 6.714, 205.80; 2. Tony Gillig, Lake Zurich, Ill., 6.718, 205.38; 3. Steve Williford, Engelhard, N.C., 6.732, 204.45; 4. Tom Lee, Kingsport, Tenn., 6.737, 205.76; 5. John Montecalvo, Center Moriches, N.Y., 6.741, 205.43; 6. Doug Kirk, Lenore, W.Va., 6.742, 204.49; 7. Jon Yoak, Ellenboro, W.Va., 6.750, 205.01; 8. Jerry Yeoman, Galena, Kan., 6.752, 204.17; 9. Floyd Cheek, Chattanooga, Tenn., 6.753, 205.90; 10. David Jenkins, London, Ohio, 6.753, 203.38; 11. Pete Berner, Crete, Ill., 6.759, 203.34; 12. Billy Huff, Louisville, Ky., 6.761, 205.01; 13. John Nobile, Melville, N.Y., 6.772, 204.03; 14. Ron Miller, Lebanon, Ohio, 6.781, 202.79; 15. Chris Holbrook, Redford, Mich., 6.783, 203.43; 16. Larry O'Brien, Ontario, Canada, 6.785, 205.05. PRO MODIFIED: 1. Ken Regenthal, Lewisville, N.C., 6.474, 214.08; 2. Quain Stott, Inman, S.C., 6.476, 215.10; 3. Wally Stroupe, Kings Mountain, N.C., 6.485, 215.00; 4. Stevie Foster, Adkins, Texas, 6.488, 215.25; 5. David Chambers, Elgin, S.C., 6.498, 210.52; 6. Ed Hoover, Gilbert, S.C., 6.509, 215.20; 7. Todd Tutterow, Lewisville, N.C., 6.509, 213.67; 8. Shannon Jenkins, Tuscaloosa, Ala., 6.509, 211.76; 9. Dale Brinsfield, Greensboro, N.C., 6.511, 213.87; 10. Tommy Mauney, Shelby, N.C., 6.512, 217.91; 11. Dan Bandish, Melbourne, Fla., 6.514, 216.50; 12. Ronnie Hood, Lenior, N.C., 6.521, 215.41; 13. Scotty Cannon, Lyman, S.C., 6.522, 207.61; 14. Steve Vick, Mocksville, N.C., 6.524, 210.32; 15. John Bartunek, Pearl River, N.Y., 6.525, 212.96; 16. Rickie Smith, King, N.C., 6.533, 212.51. ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR: 1. Jim Lape, Myerstown, Pa., 5.946, 235.72; 2. Mark Thomas, Louisville, Ohio, 5.960, 230.88; 3. Monty Todd, Montgomery, Ala., 5.960, 234.13; 4. Von Smith, Oak Ridge, Tenn., 5.976, 235.66; 5. Scott Weney, Spring City, Pa., 5.987, 234.13; 6. Larry Dobbs, Ontario, Canada, 6.008, 230.14; 7. Jimmy Rector, Vernon, Ala., 6.016, 231.36; 8. Tony Bogolo, Hamilton, Ohio, 6.018, 230.00; 9. Gerry Thalacker, Lake Wylie, S.C., 6.040, 232.01; 10. Butch Kernodle, Virginia Beach, Va., 6.050, 234.92; 11. Scott Weis, Ashland, Va., 6.052, 225.62; 12. John Rose Jr., Reading, Pa., 6.063, 238.15; 13. Dennis Rotter, Blairstown, Iowa, 6.084, 229.94; 14. Mick Steele, Loganville, Ga., 6.086, 230.71; 15. Mark Poyser, Ft. Wayne, Ind., 6.099, 227.90; 16. Bunny Burkett, Sterling, Va., 6.185, 228.25.

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Drivers Bunny Burkett , Paul Romine , Doug Herbert , Scott Weney , John Nobile , Scott Weis , Ronnie Hood , Quain Stott , Steve Smith , Scotty Cannon , Angelo Alesci , John Montecalvo , Ed Hoover , Shannon Jenkins , Rickie Smith , David Jenkins