FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, August 12, 1996 Contact: Jeniffer Hankinson Dragstar Promotions (614) 328-8004 Alesci Wins First Race Scribner, NE The season-long International Hot Rod ...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, August 12, 1996 Contact: Jeniffer Hankinson Dragstar Promotions (614) 328-8004
Alesci Wins First Race
Scribner, NE The season-long International Hot Rod Association points chase has kept Angelo Alesci and crew very busy. The Cleveland based Pro Stock team has been among the top ten all season, but were still looking for that first win. Taking a drastic step, Alesci and his crew chief, Dale Kindl, debuted a brand new Chevrolet Monte Carlo this past weekend at the Mid America Nationals, the 9th stop of the National Event schedule. Although testing sessions prior to the race showed improvement over their previous car, the team couldn=92t be sure how it would perform under race conditions. After running quick elapsed times during qualifying sessions Friday and Saturday, they earned the number seven position in the 16 car field. The most difficult time of the weekend was about to begin. Sunday, Alesci had to first get by Spring Nationals winner Richie Stevens. He did, running a 6.92 to Stevens 6.99. Things heated up second round when Alesci had to face the most winning driver in IHRA history, Summer Nationals winner Roy Hill. Alesci left the starting line just ahead of Hill, beating him to the finish line, running a 6.91 to a 6.99 respectively. In the semi-final round, Alesci faced the current World Record holder, Jon Yoak. Running the quickest he had all weekend, Alesci advanced to the final round with a 6.89 second elapsed time. Then came the final match up of the weekend - Alesci vs. current World Championship Points leader, John Nobile. Alesci was first off the line, bringing him a true driving win; a 6.96 second run to a losing, but quicker, 6.94 run. This first win is a sweet victory for Alesci, owner of the Cleveland based Voyale Corporation. My crew deserves it. They work very hard, and I want to win for them. But this was not their only award this weekend. Their new car, built by Rick Jones, was elected Best Engineered Car . Alesci will move up in the points chase, bringing him ever closer to that number one position in this, his first year in the Pro Stock ranks. The crew returns to work this week preparing for the next stop on the IHRA tour, the World Nationals at Norwalk Raceway Park, August 22-25.