Grand Bend Von Smith Post Race Report

GRAND BEND, ONT.- Von Smith settled a score with Scott Weney during Sunday's IHRA.com Pro Funny Car final eliminations at the IHRA Mopar Parts Canadian Nationals presented by Castrol. And in the process, the division's three-time and ...

GRAND BEND, ONT.- Von Smith settled a score with Scott Weney during Sunday's IHRA.com Pro Funny Car final eliminations at the IHRA Mopar Parts Canadian Nationals presented by Castrol. And in the process, the division's three-time and defending champion from Oak Ridge, TN., collected his first victory of the 2000 season by traveling the quarter-mile in 5.902 seconds at 236.96 mph to Weney's 5.968 and 233.16 mph.

Smith candidly laughed about a post-race encounter with Weney.

"He came over and shook my hand and told me that I got him this time," laughed Smith, who recalled the incident in the shutdown area. "I told him it was the first of many times to come. I'm laughing now because I hope I don't end up eating crow in the end." Smith's edge against Weney came with a quicker reaction in a battle of drivers known for lightning-quick reactions. His reaction time off the starting line was .521 to the .593 for Weney, a reversal of their previous battle. In that meeting at the Holley Spring Nationals in Rockingham, N.C., Smith produced the fastest run but couldn't erase Weney's .045 advantage from the starting line. Smith was primed for Weney off his semi-final victory against Frederick Tigges. The three-time World Champion had a reaction time of .486 to Tigges' .506 in guiding his Atomic City Tool-sponsored Trans-Am across the line first. His quarter-final victory was relatively uneventful, coming against the sixth-seeded Mark Thomas, who experienced tire shake just past the tree. Smith used a good, solid run to oust James Spencer to open Sunday's eliminations. The weekend started very well for Smith. His confidence allowed him to sit out the first session of Saturday's qualifying after posting the second fastest and quickest run on Friday at 5.595/237.21. He headed into the eliminations with a run of 5.931/237.21 and closed Saturday's trials with the No. 3 pass. Smith and Weney could hook up again when the IHRA tour stops at the Amalie Oils Summer Nationals on June 15-17.

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Series Drag
Drivers Mark Thomas , Scott Weney , Von Smith