Jenkins Falls To Red Hot Steve Vick In IHRA CARQUEST Empire Nationals Quarter-finals LEICESTER, NY.-- Even an Iceman has to seek shade every once in awhile. The gentleman that carries the reputation of being Pro Modified's "Iceman", couldn't...
Jenkins Falls To Red Hot Steve Vick In IHRA CARQUEST Empire Nationals Quarter-finals
LEICESTER, NY.-- Even an Iceman has to seek shade every once in awhile. The gentleman that carries the reputation of being Pro Modified's "Iceman", couldn't top Steve Vick in the quarter-finals of the IHRA CARQUEST Empire Nationals in Leicester, NY. It was a blown opportunity to extend his points lead as other championship contenders Tommy Mauney and Quain Stott fell in the first round of competition.
Qualifying went much easier than in races past for Jenkins at the Empires. The Iceman continued in his normal trend during qualifying. He coaxed a 6.463/217.53 out of the Parsons Brothers-owned, 1941 Willys. Friday's second session was rained out.
Jenkins stepped up in a big way during the second session with a 6.414/217.81. He went into the final qualifying session in the fifth spot. However, he knew that run was not going to be nowhere near the top following the final session. Jenkins stepped in a big way and stormed to the quickest run of all the nitrous-injected entries with a 6.340/220.91. His position paired him opposite Quain Stott in the first round of competition.
Stott continued to struggle against Jenkins and left the red-light aglow for the second consecutive race in a row. Shannon secured the win with a 6.441/217.32.
He then faced the 11th quickest car in the field, the 1968 Camaro piloted by Vick. The Camaro pilot beat the classic Willys coupe off of the starting line and was able to outrun him for the 6.47/217.35 to 6.480/195.22 win.
Jenkins plans to continue his championship conquest at the IHRA CARQUEST Northern Nationals in Stanton, MI., July 31 - August 2. Jenkins, along with each Pro Modified contestant, will be afforded four qualifying runs during the course of the event and the quickest sixteen entries will compete in final eliminations on Sunday. This event will be televised on ESPN2 with the dates TBA in an upcoming issue of Drag Review.