Stanton Race Recap

STANTON MI - SUMMIT FastNews - After suffering through two days of oppressively hot, humid weather during qualifying, the teams and fans at the CARQUEST Northern Nationals presented by Prolong were treated to pleasantly cool, dry conditions for ...

STANTON MI - SUMMIT FastNews - After suffering through two days of oppressively hot, humid weather during qualifying, the teams and fans at the CARQUEST Northern Nationals presented by Prolong were treated to pleasantly cool, dry conditions for final elim inations Sunday. The result was a day of extremely close racing at the Mid Michigan Motorplex, with driving skill paying off almost as often as raw performance, putting drivers Don Lampus, Jim McClure, Floyd Cheek, Steve Vick, Von Smith, and Larry Snyder stood in their respective Professional category winner's circles. Lampus prevailed in the Top Fuel category, continuing the strong performance he used to qualify in the top spot and moving into the points lead after defeating previous points leader Bruce Litton in the first round of eliminations. Lampus faced Steve Smi th in the final round and his slowest run of the weekend, a 4.982 second, 276.97 mph effort, was enough to prevail over Smith's tire-smoking run. The win was Lampus' second in a row, having also won in Top Fuel at the CARQUEST Empire Nationals two weeks ago. Unofficially, Lampus now leads Litton by 31 points, saying, "It's better to be the chasee then the chaser. Now that our team is coming toget her, we expect to win even more races." Lampus failed to back up his pending 4.737 second world record, however, missing a required 1 percent backup run by just 0.007 seconds in his first-round victory. Jim McClure only qualified fourth in the Top Fuel Harley category, but used consistent performance to move through eliminations to face 1998 champion Johnny Mancuso. There McClure used superior starting line reaction time (a "holeshot") to win with a 6.8 41 second, 200.83 mph run against Mancuso's quicker-but-losing 6.818 at 194.41. Mancuso attributed McClure's win to medicine, saying, "I couldn't beat Jim today because he took his Geritol while I was eating a bologna sandwich during the run." Floyd Cheek also used a holeshot to put his Ford Probe in the winner's circle against Ron Miller's Chevrolet Monte Carlo after qualifying near the middle of the field, in seventh. Cheek's 6.835 at 204.01 was enough to get to the finish line first against Miller's 6.796 at 205.22. Von Smith used a performance advantage to earn his victory in Alcohol Funny Car, qualifying in the number one spot on the ladder and outperforming his opponents in all four rounds of eliminations. In the final round, Smith's 6.019 at 234.13 was enough to overcome Scott Weney's holeshot and 6.370 second, 181.32 mph run. Like Smith and Lampus, Vick used superior performance to earn his way to the Pro Modified final round. Unlike those two, however, Vick did so from the third rung of the ladder and earned the victory on another holeshot. In the final round, he dispatched fourth qualifier Shannon Jenkins with a 6.497 at 217.56 despite Jenkins' quicker 6.462 at 216.00. Super Eliminator came down to number one versus number two, both on the ladder and in the 1998 championship. Dave Price was both the 1998 champion and the number one qualifier, with Snyder coming in second in both cases. In the final round Sunday, howev er, Snyder used superior performance to overcome Price's holeshot and win with a 6.247 at 217.46 over Price's 6.308 at 216.27. The next event on the 1999 IHRA calendar is the Mopar World Nationals at Norwalk Raceway Park, Ohio, August 25-29. Results provided by the FastNews Network, courtesy of Summit Racing Equipment ** http://www.summitracing.com/ **

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Series Drag
Drivers Scott Weney , Bruce Litton , Johnny Mancuso , Shannon Jenkins , Don Lampus , Von Smith