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IHRA Heads to U.S. 131 Motorsports Park for the Torco Race Fuels Northern Nationals The August heat can only mean one thing when it comes to IHRA drag racing. The season is heading into the homestretch, and drivers are running out of rounds...

IHRA Heads to U.S. 131 Motorsports Park for the Torco Race Fuels Northern Nationals

The August heat can only mean one thing when it comes to IHRA drag racing. The season is heading into the homestretch, and drivers are running out of rounds to make a run for the championship. And when the IHRA Hooters Drag Racing Series returns to U.S. 131 Motorsports Park August 12-14, the competition will be more of a pressure cooker than anything Mother Nature could dream up.

In Top Fuel, Clay Millican still holds a commanding lead, although Doug Foley is making a charge and putting on the pressure. With Foley's win at the ACDelco Canadian Nationals, he leapfrogged Bruce Litton to enter second place in the points chase. Rick Cooper, Foley's Torco teammate, also had a strong showing at Toronto and is only nine points behind Louie Allison, who currently sits in fourth.

In Torco Race Fuels Pro Modified, Shannon "The Iceman" Jenkins comes into U.S. 131 with a 68 point lead over Jim Halsey. Ed Hoover sits in third, within eighty points of Jenkins. Mike Castellana sits in fourth, with defending Torco Pro Mod World Champion Mike Janis in fifth. Janis has had a bumpy season trying to win back to back championships, but never count the Widowmaker out. The Torco Race Fuels Northern Nationals will also see the Torco Race Fuels Pro Modified Shootout take place. This shootout pits the top eight Torco Pro Mod qualifiers against each other where the winner walks away with $20,000. Shannon Jenkins leads the Torco Pro Modified Shootout field with 860 points; Jim Halsey, 780; Mike Castellana, 770; Harold Martin, 718; Ed Hoover, 660; Quain Stott, 619; John Russo, 530; Al Billes, 496 (although due to Billes' two crashes this year, he will not be in the shootout. Carl Spiering will be taking his place as an alternate).

In Funny Car, Rob Atchison is making his quest for a third consecutive World Championship look relatively easy. Jim Sickles is offering up the most competition, having been to multiple finals and taking home a win at Grand Bend. Sickles reset the IHRA Funny Car world speed record with a blistering pass at 246.57. Atchison leads the pack by over a hundred points, and every time he faces Sickles in the finals, the results have been the same--Atchison walks away with the win.

In Torco Race Fuels Pro Stock, Steve Spiess is in the middle of putting together a dream season. At Toronto, Spiess won his second national event of the season, and reset both ends of the world record. Spiess ripped off a pass of 6.400 on Saturday, which bettered his pass of 6.408. He also set the speed record by posting 217.98 mph. Spiess finds himself in first place, although Robert Patrick is within striking distance. Dan Seamon, also a two time winner in Torco Pro Stock this year, is in third, with Tony Gillig and Frank Gugliotta rounding out the top five.

After the Torco Northern Nationals, the next stop on the IHRA Hooters Series is the Skull Gear World Nationals presented by PPG at Norwalk Raceway Park August 25-28

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Series Drag
Drivers Mike Janis , Clay Millican , Bruce Litton , Tony Gillig , Robert Patrick , Quain Stott , Louie Allison , Shannon Jenkins , Al Billes , Jim Sickles , Harold Martin , Jim Halsey , Steve Spiess , Frank Gugliotta