DARLINGTON, SC - When Von Smith and his talented crew headed by Howard Moon stormed to an unprecedented seven Pro Funny Car national event wins, many suggested that the three-time World Champion from Oak Ridge, Tn., would be hard pressed to top...
DARLINGTON, SC - When Von Smith and his talented crew headed by Howard Moon stormed to an unprecedented seven Pro Funny Car national event wins, many suggested that the three-time World Champion from Oak Ridge, Tn., would be hard pressed to top his phenomenal mark. After all, it was the previous season that yielded a remarkable six victories. All of these win are great for the NitroFish/Jensen-sponsored racer, but he's quick to point out that the team prefers to take it one race at a time.
"All records are meant to be broken," explained Smith. "Whether it is a personal record or a class record, it's the nature of a drag racer to continue the refinement process. Seven wins is a tough number to top. But, if you look at it, six from the previous year left us with a lot of work ahead to better our mark. We never expected to win seven events in 1999, although we figured we would get a healthy amount of wins. We'll just go out there and race every race as if it were the championship on the line. However, we'll take it one race at a time."
When Smith returns to Darlington this weekend, he will be bringing in a 16-round winning streak, of which equates to four consecutive national event wins dating back to the Parts Pro North American Nationals in Epping, NH., last September.
Smith has already made some low-5.8 second laps in pre-season testing and that gives plenty of credence that the NitroFish/Jensen team will be plenty ready for the new season.
The team will make their 2000 season-opening national event debut at the IHRA Prolong Winter Nationals this week, March 9 -11 in Darlington, SC. The event will be televised on TNN.