Shreveport: Shannon Jenkins, Team Castellana report

Jenkins sparkles in Team Castellana solo act SHREVEPORT, La.-With Mike Castellana back home in Westbury, N.Y., Shannon Jenkins had the burden of carrying the Pro Modified fortunes of Team Castellana this past weekend in the rescheduled IHRA...

Jenkins sparkles in Team Castellana solo act

SHREVEPORT, La.-With Mike Castellana back home in Westbury, N.Y., Shannon Jenkins had the burden of carrying the Pro Modified fortunes of Team Castellana this past weekend in the rescheduled IHRA season finale.

Jenkins did a good job of holding up his end for the Long Island supermarket chain owner's team. The Alabaman might have done a little better except for a costly mistake in yesterday's semifinal elimination at the 4th annual Mopar Parts World Finals' PPG Night of Fire.

Against Mike Janis, Jenkins wasted a strong run by leaving the Christmas tree too soon. Had he not fouled, Jenkins was by far the quickest down the Red River Raceway, covering the quarter-mile in his Western Beef-sponsored Chevy in an elapsed time of 6.268 seconds at 224.14 mph to a 7.532/128.65 for Janis.

Opening eliminations, Jenkins got a free ride into the second round when Thomas Patterson's car left a sprinkle of oil during the burnout and was signaled to shut the car down. Still, Jenkins' run of 6.290/224/25 would have been strong enough to win without the gift.

In the second round, Jenkins had a small advantage at the starting line against Paul Athey, .460 seconds to .469, and he used it to help prevail by .085 seconds, or about 28 feet, with a run of 6.286/223.47 to 6.362/221.74.

Without Castellana at trackside, Jenkins opened Friday's qualifying by making a statement. He turned in a 6.282/222.84 for the quickest nitrous pass of the session and also was the third quickest in the field. He returned for the second run and stepped up big with a 6.261/223/73, heading into Saturday's heats as No. 2.

The next day was very good, too. He started as the quickest nitrous-injected entry for the Mopar Pro Modified Shootout. In the first round, he posted an impressive 6.2756 to win over Quain Stott. He went another 6.270 in a run that didn't count in the qualifying but amounted to a win against Alan Pittman in the semis. In the shootout final, which also doubled as his final trial, Jenkins stepped up with a 6.245/223.32, and that put him on the third rung on the ladder as well as providing a runner-up in the special program.

With something to cheer about before the 2002 season comes around in about four months, Castellana will have time to correct the problems that have haunted him for much of this season. All Jenkins has to do, however, is a little tweaking.

To follow the fortunes of Team Castellana, turn to its website of www.awesome57.com as well as by following it on the Internet's largest drag-racing e-zine of www.competitionplus.com.

-TC/cp-

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Series Drag
Drivers Mike Janis , Paul Athey , Quain Stott , Thomas Patterson , Shannon Jenkins