McElwee Steps Up In Super Eliminator Debut And Scores Quarter-Final Finish STANTON, MI.-- If a first impression lasts for a lifetime, then the Super Eliminator contingent might want to take notice of Mark McElwee. The 35-year old, Director of...
McElwee Steps Up In Super Eliminator Debut And Scores Quarter-Final Finish
STANTON, MI.-- If a first impression lasts for a lifetime, then the Super Eliminator contingent might want to take notice of Mark McElwee. The 35-year old, Director of Powershield Coatings scored a large personal victory as he reached the quarter-finals at the IHRA CARQUEST Northern Nationals in Stanton, Mi. McElwee feels that Super Eliminator is the perfect marketing avenue for their company.
"We love it because it provides us an avenue to run a dragster fast and on a heads-up basis," explained Mark. "The IHRA does a great job showcasing this class and we are eager to be part of it for years to come."
McElwee stepped into the Super Eliminator show with a 6.545/210.67 in his Spitzer dragster, which is meticulously tuned by his brother Artie, more commonly known as "Buzz". The Powershield-sponsored driver had some problems during the final attempt and was forced to lift with a tremendous wheelstand. He claimed the 10th spot in the field.
McElwee had to face Ed Lyons in the first round of eliminations. Someone forgot to tell him that he was supposed to be the underdog because he stormed like a veteran in the first round to record his personal quickest with a 6.343/216.38 to stop "Fast Eddie", who aborted the run.
The positive streak ended in the quarter-finals, but not without a fight. He met Larry Snyder in the quarters and that proved to be his last round of competition. The car launched hard and went vertical, necessitating a shut- off. McElwee coasted to a 10.103/105.74.
McElwee and his Powershield High Performance Coatings Team plans to resume their championship conquest at the IHRA MOPAR PARTS World Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio, August 26 - 29. McElwee, along with each Super Eliminator 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.