Jenkins Gives A Stunning Performance As Iceman At Holley Spring Nationals, Earns First 1999 Victory ROCKINGHAM, NC-- Give that Shannon Jenkins an inch and he'll take a mile. That's the...
Jenkins Gives A Stunning Performance As Iceman At Holley Spring Nationals, Earns First 1999 Victory
ROCKINGHAM, NC-- Give that Shannon Jenkins an inch and he'll take a mile. That's the assessment that many Pro Modified drivers will give when the subject of the proverbial "Iceman" comes up. Jenkins battled problems throughout the weekend and leaned on his driving talent to holeshot every opponent en-route to winning the IHRA Holley Spring Nationals in Rockingham, N.C. He defeated Quain Stott in the final round of the inaugural IHRA Pro Modified event to be hosted at "The Rock".
Jenkins made his presence known early with a 6.545/218.33, which was good enough for the sixth spot. That's where the excitement began. From that point, the Iceman began to encounter various qualifying woes. Jenkins was one of the few that failed to improve during the Friday-evening session and slipped to the 12th spot.
During the Saturday initial qualifying session, he had the misfortune of having to sit in his car as the car before him left debris on the track. He had fallen to the 13th spot before making the first run of the day. Jenkins struggled during this session as well with a 6.691/211.36. The final session offered somewhat of a reprieve as Jenkins ran his quickest with a 6.530/214.38. He ended qualifying in the 13th spot and his seeding matched Billy Harper in the first round of eliminations. The ironic thing about their pairing is that Harper was running a leased motor from Jenkins.
He blistered his customer on the line with a tremendous holeshot and was able to win by a 6.53/218 to 6.47/215 margin. Jenkins repeated the feat in the ensuing round as he scored one for the nitrous contingent by strapping a light on Troy Critchley in the quarter-finals and holding on for a 6.59/210 to 6.52/213.
After a 24-hour rain delay, Jenkins continued his starting wizardry by taking out former teammate Tommy Mauney. The battles didn't come easier in the finals as he squared off against a highly-competitive Stott. Jenkins strapped a holeshot and never relenquished the lead by posting a 6.439/216.50 to 6.476/216.96 decision. The run was the quickest of the weekend for the Iceman.
Jenkins plans to continue his championship conquest at the IHRA Amalie Summer Nationals in Cordova, Ill., June 18-20. Jenkins, along with each Pro Modified contestant, will be afforded four qualifying runs during the course of the event and the quickest sixteen entries will compete in final eliminations on Sunday. This event will be televised on ESPN2 with the dates TBA in an upcoming issue of Drag Review. However, the former World Champion has unfinished business in Darlington, S.C., where he must return on May 8 for the rain-delayed Prolong Winter Nationals. Jenkins and all qualifiers will be afforded one time trial run and eliminations are slated to begin later in the afternoon.