FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Anthony Vestal IHRA Director of Communications More information: (423) 764-1164 August 11, 1997 Thomas among winners at rain-delayed CARQUEST Nationals STANTON, Mich. -- Mark Thomas, Shannon Jenkins and...
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Anthony Vestal IHRA Director of Communications More information: (423) 764-1164
August 11, 1997
Thomas among winners at rain-delayed CARQUEST Nationals
STANTON, Mich. -- Mark Thomas, Shannon Jenkins and Floyd Cheek were among professional category winners Monday at the rain-delayed CARQUEST Northern Nationals presented by Dart Heads. Final eliminations in 11 categories at the Mid-Michigan Motorplex event were completed Monday after rain showers moved into the Great Lakes region late Sunday forcing IHRA officials to postpone race activity. The race was the fifth of eight national events on the IHRA Snap-on Tools Championship Drag Racing Series. Four-time IHRA Alcohol Funny Car World Champion Mark Thomas beat arch-rival and defending world title winner Von Smith in a classic battle. Thomas, of Louisville, Ohio, ran 6.202, 229.29, while Oak Ridge, Tenn.'s Smith posted a slower 6.242, 207.51 when his blower belt broke near the finish line. In Pro Modified, Tuscaloosa, Ala.'s Shannon Jenkins ended a season- long streak of bad luck with a win over first-time finalist Quain Stott, of Inman, S.C. Jenkins ran 6.895, 210.18 in his 1941 Willys to take the win. Floyd Cheek earned the Pro Stock victory when Richie Stevens turned on the red light. Cheek, of Chattanooga, Tenn., coasted to the win after Stevens, who had posted three consecutive near-perfect lights during eliminations, mashed the gas too early. Doug Herbert defeated a red-lighting Paul Romine in Top Fuel competition on Sunday just before rain showers postponed the conclusion of eliminations. The race was completed Monday at 4:35 p.m. Sportsman winners included Larry Plummer (API/Spitzer Quick 8); Matt Cooke (Top Dragster); Pat Donovan (Top Sportsman); Joe Leach (Modified); Carla Collins (Quick Rod); Jeff Rudisill (Super Rod); Danny Waters Jr. (Hot Rod); Anthony Bertozzi (Super Stock); Ben Wenzel Sr. (Stock); Tom Dauber (ET Bracket). The three-day event attendance was estimated at 25,000 -- a record for the Mid-Michigan Motorplex. The next IHRA Snap-on Tools Championship Drag Racing Series event will be the Prolong Super Lubricants / Ohio Lottery World Nationals presented by Ethanol Performs, Aug. 21-24 at the Norwalk (Ohio) Raceway Park.
CARQUEST Northern Nationals final round results:
TOP FUEL -- Doug Herbert, Cherryville, N.C., 4.944, 296.44 d. Paul Romine, Indianapolis, foul (4.800, 291.07).
PRO STOCK -- Floyd Cheek, Chattanooga, Tenn., 13.181, 61.13 d. Richie Stevens, New Orleans, La., foul (6.768, 204.40)
PRO MODIFIED -- Shannon Jenkins, Tuscaloosa, Ala., 6.895, 210.18 d. Quain Stott, Inman, S.C., 7.123, 185.79.
ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR -- Mark Thomas, Louisville, Ohio, 6.202, 229.29 d. Von Smith, Oak Ridge, Tenn., 6.242, 207.51.
API/SPITZER QUICK 8 -- Larry Plummer, Pasadena, Md., 6.681, 174.99 d. Scott Ray, New Madison, Ohio, 7.223, 156.84.
TOP DRAGSTER -- Matt Cooke, Boone, N.C., 7.217, 188.28 d. Malinda Bertozzi, Richmond, Va., foul (7.609, 179.06).
TOP SPORTSMAN -- Pat Donovan, Great Falls, Va., 7.441, 177.20 d. Gary Bingham, Kings Mountain, N.C., 7.347, 179.31.
MODIFIED -- Joe Leach, Hamilton, Ohio, 7.331, 176.47 d. Anthony Bertozzi, Richmond, Va., 7.491, 167.19.
QUICK ROD -- Carla Collins, Oxford, Ohio, 8.867, 159.57 d. Bennie Ulmer Jr., Orangeburg, S.C., 8.850, 158.22.
SUPER ROD -- Jeff Rudisill, Rutherford College, N.C., 9.924, 154.05 d. Mark Deel, Linden, Mich., foul (14.563, 80.08).
HOT ROD -- Danny Waters Jr., LaGrange, N.C., 10.904, 126.77 d. R.L. Koontz, Sarasota, Fla., 10.880, 133.39.
SUPER STOCK -- Anthony Bertozzi, Richmond, Va., 9.980, 121.13 d. Dave Boertman, Norton Shores, Mich., 10.590, 111.09.
STOCK -- Ben Wenzel Sr., Saginaw, Mich., 11.022, 119.63 d. Paul Crowe, Winchester, Ky., 12.159, 107.34.
ET BRACKET -- Tom Dauber, Clarksburg, N.J., 7.733, 160.31 d. Scotty Stillings, Brownsburg, Ind., 8.208, 161.72.
STANTON, Mich. -- Professional category IHRA Snap-on Tools championship point standings following the 16th annual CARQUEST Northern Nationals at the Mid-Michigan Motorplex, Aug. 8-10. The race was the fifth of eight nationa events on the IHRA Snap-on Tools Championship Drag Racing Series.
TOP FUEL 1. Paul Romine Indianapolis, Ind. 3380 2. Doug Herbert Cherryville, N.C. 3060 3. Shirley Muldowney Armada, Mich. 2700 4. Danny Dunn Hudson, N.C. 1990 5. Jim Bailey Mantua, Ohio 1950 6. Rhonda Hartman Williamston, S.C. 1860 7. Bruce Litton Indianapolis, Ind. 1530 8. Dave Bieneman Royal Oak, Mich. 1330 9. Wayne Bailey Leonard, Mich. 1160 10. Tommy Johnson Jr. Ottumwa, Iowa 1050
PRO STOCK 1. Floyd Cheek Chattanooga, Tenn. 3420 2. Richie Stevens New Orleans, La. 3330 3. Tim Nabors Lawrenceville, Ga. 3290 4. Angelo Alesci Cleveland, Ohio 2920 5. Jerry Yeoman Galena, Kan. 2730 6. Jon Yoak Ellenboro, W.Va. 2350 7. David Jenkins London, Ohio 2150 8. John Konigshofer Ontario, Canada 2050 9. Ed Machacek Atkins, Iowa 1880 10. John Montecalvo Center Moriches, N.Y. 1830
PRO MODIFIED 1. Tommy Mauney Shelby, N.C. 3880 2. Rickie Smith King, N.C. 3800 3. Shannon Jenkins Tuscaloosa, Ala. 3200 4. Michael Martin Locust, N.C. 2420 5. Scotty Cannon Lyman, S.C. 2240 6. Todd Tutterow Lewisville, N.C. 2160 7. Ronnie Hood Lenior, N.C. 2090 8. Dale Brinsfield Greensboro, N.C. 2060 9. Wally Stroupe Kings Mountain, N.C. 2060 10. Ed Hoover Gilbert, S.C. 1730
ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR 1. Von Smith Oak Ridge, Tenn. 4080 2. Jimmy Rector Vernon, Ala. 3910 3. Mark Thomas Louisville, Ohio 3820 4. Scott Weis Ashland, Va. 3210 5. Larry Dobbs Welland, Ontario 2600 6. Mick Steele Loganville, Ga. 2340 7. Butch Kernodle Virginia Beach, Va. 1790 8. Jim Lape Myerstown, Pa. 1690 9. Gerry Thalacker Lake Wylie, S.C. 1520 10. Jim Sickles Caledonia, N.Y. 1470