Norwlk: Weney race notes

NORWALK, OHIO - It's still too early to began thinking championship for the top drivers, but the picture has become clear for all IHRA.com Alcohol Funny Car contenders that the championship hunt goes through Scott Weney's pit area. Weney ...

NORWALK, OHIO - It's still too early to began thinking championship for the top drivers, but the picture has become clear for all IHRA.com Alcohol Funny Car contenders that the championship hunt goes through Scott Weney's pit area. Weney continues to prove he is the driver to beat in the 2000 IHRA.com Alcohol Funny Car Championship chase, winning the IHRA Mopar Parts World Nationals presented by Ethanol Performs at Norwalk Raceway Park in Norwalk, Ohio.

The man currently holding the championship belt for IHRA.com Alcohol Funny Car, Von Smith, has been very protective of his championship this year while Weney has held the points lead. Entering the Mopar World Nationals, Weney and Smith had met three times in final rounds with Smith winning two, including last weekend at the CARQUEST Auto Parts Northern Nationals in Stanton, MI.

At Norwalk, it was no different with Weney and Smith facing off in the final, but this time Weney grabbed the Iron Man, taking home his second win of the season in six final rounds, 5.899/236.75 to 5.991/235.19. At the finish line, the margin of victory was a mere forty-nine thousandths of a second.

"This is a huge win for us," Weney proclaimed. "Von had gotten me in the two previous finals and we wanted him this time. It was a great race and we gained a round on him in the championship points. We're going to Epping to continue our consistency and just let everyone try and outrun us."

Weney began the weekend winning Best Appearing Pro Car and qualifying second with a stout 5.92/237 in his Corvette bodied flopper. He put away Paul Athey in round one with a 5.939/236.34, then Chris Hunt in round two with a 5.952/234.33. In a rematch of the Winter Nationals final, Weney met championship contender Jimmy Rector in the semi-finals and put away the Alabaman with a 5.891/237.63. In the final Weney continued his consistency of not beating himself with a 5.899 elapsed time, finishing eliminations with an average winning e.t. of 5.920 and reaction time of .480.

Weney will continue his march toward his first IHRA.com Alcohol Funny Car World Championship in two weeks as the IHRA Summit Drag Racing Series moves on to the Amalie Oil North American Nationals at New England Dragway in Epping, NH.

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Series Drag
Drivers Scott Weney , Von Smith