Winter Nationals Saturday Review

BRADENTON, Fla. - SUMMIT FastNews - Final qualifying was completed today here at the IHRA Prolong Winter Nationals, with significant shuffling of the order taking place during the evening's Night of Fire qualifying session. Reigning...

BRADENTON, Fla. - SUMMIT FastNews - Final qualifying was completed today here at the IHRA Prolong Winter Nationals, with significant shuffling of the order taking place during the evening's Night of Fire qualifying session.

Reigning IHRA Top Fuel champion Paul Romine took the category's top spot away from Doug Herbert with a stellar 4.869 second run at 278.37 miles per hour. The Indianapolis-based Romine said, "No one knows this track better than my crew chief, Clayton Harris, and he saw what was happening with the weather and turned all the right screws." Herbert opted to bypass the final session, so he did not have the opportunity to defend his earlier time, a 4.891 second run that was good enough for second place in the field.

Top Speed in the class was set by Luigi Novelli, who also received his first-ever four second timeslip when he ran a 4.967 during qualifying. The native Italian had pledged to cut off his life-long ponytail if he could ever accomplish a four-second pass, and he did just that in a ceremony on the starting line prior to tonight's qualifying session.

In Alcohol Funny Car action, Jimmy Rector's 5.994 second pass from yesterday was good enough to lock down top honors. The Alabama native was the only one of the 25 Funny Car racers here to run in the fives, in fact, and also set the top speed mark at 234.07 miles per hour.

Lyman, South Carolina's Scotty Cannon ended up atop the Pro Modified field, recording a 6.450 second elapsed time. It was the first pole position for the once-dominant Cannon since the season-ending event in 1996. Cannon is driving a new car with a 1953 Studebaker replica body, the only one in a class filled with early-model Corvettes. Tommy Mauney led the category until the final qualifying session, and ended up with the Top Speed mark at 216.34 miles per hour.

Pro Stock was led by Chris Holbrook who vaulted to the top of the category with a 6.696 second pass tonight. Ironically, his teammate and car owner Stewart Evans failed to make the field, qualifying 20th out of the thirty cars here. Holbrook, of Redford, Mich., also took Top Speed honors by running 206.42 miles per hour.

Top qualifier in the new Super Eliminator category was Dave Price of Norwalk, Ohio, who covered the quarter-mile in 6.275 seconds in his Pontiac powered dragster.

Final eliminations in all categories will begin tomorrow morning.

Results provided by the FastNews Network, courtesy of Summit Racing Equipment ** http://www.summitracing.com/ **

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Series Drag
Drivers Paul Romine , Doug Herbert , Scotty Cannon , Luigi Novelli