NORWALK, OHIO -- The most recent Pro Modified winner on the 1999 IHRA Snap-on Drag Racing went out in round one today at the Mopar Parts World Nationals presented by Ethanol Peforms! Steve Vick cut a .476 light to opponent Ed Hoover's .529, but...
NORWALK, OHIO -- The most recent Pro Modified winner on the 1999 IHRA Snap-on Drag Racing went out in round one today at the Mopar Parts World Nationals presented by Ethanol Peforms! Steve Vick cut a .476 light to opponent Ed Hoover's .529, but at the finish line, Hoover had the power, taking the win light with a 6.436/218.69 to Vick's 6.497/217.04. Vick's losing margin was a mere eight-thousandths of a second. "That was a great race," said Vick of Mooresville, NC. "I knew I was ahead of him and just at the finish line did I see him, I didn't know who won, that was close and unfortunately we were on the losing end." Vick, who won his first career national event at the recent CARQUEST Northern Nationals, qualified 11th with an off the trailer 6.432/219.04. He then recorded passes of 6.440/218.90, 6.496/217.88, and 6.441/217.81 to conclude qualifying.
"We had a consistent car this weekend and that 6.497 in the opening round was our slowest pass of the weekend," Vick said. "We know we could have ran a 6.43 with Ed, but we didn't. Overall though we're happy because we didn't beat ourselves, we just got out run."
Vick's next IHRA event will be Sept 10-12, the PARTS PRO North American Nationals at the notorious fast New England Dragway in Epping, NH. Qualifying begins Friday, Sept. 10 with two qualifying sessions. The final two sessions are set for Saturday, Sept. 11 concluding with the 'Night of Fire.' Final eliminations are scheduled to begin, Sunday, Sept. 14 at 12 noon.
The Mopar Parts World Nationals presented by Ethanol Performs! will air on ESPN2, Friday, Sept. 15th at 1:30 p.m.(EDT) The one-hour long show will be replayed Thursday, Sept. 23rd at 2:30 a.m