Jenkins ready for Darlington

DINWIDDIE, VA. - Shannon Jenkins admitted he provided the Pro Modified contingent with a glimpse of things to come in testing at Darlington. The 46-year old, two-time Pro Modified World Champion from Tuscaloosa, Ala., recorded the quickest ...

DINWIDDIE, VA. - Shannon Jenkins admitted he provided the Pro Modified contingent with a glimpse of things to come in testing at Darlington. The 46-year old, two-time Pro Modified World Champion from Tuscaloosa, Ala., recorded the quickest eighth-mile nitrous pass with a 4.05 a little less than a month ago. Jenkins speculates that if the temperatures remain in the mid-Fifty to low-Sixty degree range as is forecast for the weekend in Dinwiddie, Va., that he could be the first nitrous entry into the three-second range.

Jenkins eagerly looks forward to testing at the CompetitionPlus.com Spring Open presented by Lizzard Racing Engines, beginning Thursday and concluding on Sunday.

"If the track conditions are right, we'll make some serious waves out there," explained Jenkins. "There's a fine line on these cars between cold and just right and I think the forecast is going to have it leaning more towards the favorable side. We worked on our eighth-mile stuff in our last test session, now we'll open it up and let this thing fly. All I can say is with the right conditions, you'll see a heck of a show."

Jenkins, dubbed "The Iceman" for his cool demeanor in tense situations, adds that if he could run in the three-second range that it will put the nitrous cars knocking on the 6-teens.

"I think it's possible," explained Jenkins, who won Pro Modified titles in 1997 and 1999. "We have made some great strides on the nitrous side during the off-season and I feel that we are going to need to get all of the advantages that we can get headed into this season. I think Dinwiddie will be a great place to get our footing planted for the upcoming race. A lot of us have never run here, so we'd like to get a crack at it to learn the inner workings of the track. We want to learn the pros and cons and adjust from that."

This is the first full-season for Jenkins with Team Castellana. At the conclusion of the 2000 season, Jenkins announced that he would team up with engine lease customer Mike Castellana to field a 1968 Camaro. He knows that he made the right decision.

"I'm looking forward to this weekend and working with Mike," explained Jenkins. "Each time we go out there we get closer in terms of being on the same page. This team is gelling at a rapid rate."

The CompetitionPlus.com Spring Open presented by Lizzard Racing Engines will begin on Thursday and last until Sunday. A special "Chicago Style" eliminations show will be contested on Saturday. Media Day is slated for Friday at 11:30.

This testing event is open to the public and tickets may be purchased at the gate.

-Bobby Bennett

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