Edmonton: Carl Spiering final summary

Spiering wins Edmonton IHRA event "Eaton Cutler-Hammer Corvette -- Best in the West" EDMONTON, ALBERTA (July 7, 2008) -- After qualifying seventh in a 16-car Pro Modified field in the CARS RV & Motorsports Rocky Mountain Nationals, Carl...

Spiering wins Edmonton IHRA event
"Eaton Cutler-Hammer Corvette -- Best in the West"

EDMONTON, ALBERTA (July 7, 2008) -- After qualifying seventh in a 16-car Pro Modified field in the CARS RV & Motorsports Rocky Mountain Nationals, Carl Spiering bested his competition and took a resounding victory in the race, the fifth in the 10-round International Hot Rod Association (IHRA) Knoll - Gas Nitro Jam Drag Racing Series.

"This is just terrific," said an elated Spiering after the race. "We tried to stay on our game plan for this deal, and it worked. We didn't put down any big numbers, but neither did anyone else. We remained consistent throughout, and it paid off."

Spiering also noted that he remained calm in the eliminations, and believes this helped.

"Lots of guys were having traction problems," he noted. "But here a light touch was necessary. You couldn't try to rotate the earth and make any killer passes. Sometimes less is more."

This was only the second event for Spiering and the new Bruno's Automotive BRT Converter Drive, coupled to a Lenco transmission with a torque converter supplied by Coan Engineering. Spiering was pleased with the combination, which shows great promise with varying track conditions.

Spiering took out Thomas Patterson of Texas in the final with a 6.555-second, 214.25-mph pass over Patterson's 6.848-second, 192.36-mph effort. Although Patterson had an early lead in the final quarter-mile contest, he had to back off as his car veered out of the lane. Meanwhile Spiering overcame tire shake early in the run and the Eaton Cutler-Hammer Corvette settled down to take the lead and the victory.

In elimination rounds, Spiering, from Jordan Station, Ontario, won over Gary Mason of Alberta, former IHRA Pro Modified champ Scotty Cannon of South Carolina, and Florida's Tommy D'Aprile before lining up with Patterson in the final.

Spiering and his team had the Eaton Cutler-Hammer 1963 Corvette Pro Modified in top form all weekend, and he was quick to praise the efforts of the crew which included Rick DiStefano's Pro Modified crew members Dave and Mike.

"This has been a long time coming," said Spiering. "We have been working on various engine and drivetrain components, and it finally all came together. The ERD engine program has taken us where we want to go. But I wouldn't be where I am today without the help of the crew and a great sponsor in Eaton Cutler-Hammer. This is a team effort, and they are here with me sharing in this victory."

Adding to the weekend's excitement was Lisa and Monica Spiering competing at the International Hot Rod Association event in their Eaton Powerware sponsored dragsters. Both girls won the first two rounds of competition, but were unable to compete in Monday's rain delayed event.

-credit: csm

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Series Drag
Drivers Thomas Patterson , Scotty Cannon , Gary Mason , Rick DiStefano