Darlington, SC-- Success can sometimes be overbearing, but to Shannon Jenkins, he welcomes the burden. The soft-spoken, Pro Modified record holder from Tuscaloosa, Al., has had to endure an offseason of prognosticators pegging him to be the top...
Darlington, SC-- Success can sometimes be overbearing, but to Shannon Jenkins, he welcomes the burden. The soft-spoken, Pro Modified record holder from Tuscaloosa, Al., has had to endure an offseason of prognosticators pegging him to be the top figure to replace defending Pro Modified champion Scotty Cannon as the top driver of the class. With a world record 6.316 elapsed time en-route to winning the Snap-On Finals, he brought it all on himself.
"Hey, it's a tough job," he laughs. "But, someone has to do it. I'm serious when i say that there are a lot of capable teams out there. Everyone need not only look at myself. I'm not saying that I won't have my stuff together. I'm saying that there are going to be a lot of other good teams out there besides ours and you can't overlook them. I know I won't."
Jenkins will return for his fourth-consecutive season behind the wheel of the Lenior, N.C., based, Parsons Brothers 1941 Willys coupe. The trusty two-time IHRA Pro Modified championship car will run until the middle of the season, where it will be parked in favor of a new Tommy Mauney-built, 1941 Willys. Not only will he be in attendance as a driver, he will begin a new business at the same event.
He plans on leasing out one of his proven race motors to longtime Pro Modified racer Billy Harper, who plans to run it in his 1968 Barracuda. Both drivers expect this service to work for their advantage. They also feel that it might just be the start to a lucrative partnership for years to come. Jenkins sure hopes so and intends to expand on it should it do that.
Jenkins plans to open his championship conquest at the IHRA Prolong Winter Nationals in Darlington, S.C., March 12-14. 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.