Atlanta: Rick Stivers final report

Stivers jumps into top ten with semifinal finish in Commerce COMMERCE, Ga. (May 16, 2010) - Trane-sponsored Rick Stivers drove his 2006 Dodge Stratus Pro Mod to a semifinal finish Sunday in the NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway and...

Stivers jumps into top ten with semifinal finish in Commerce

COMMERCE, Ga. (May 16, 2010) - Trane-sponsored Rick Stivers drove his 2006 Dodge Stratus Pro Mod to a semifinal finish Sunday in the NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway and jumped into the No. 10 position in the NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series.

Stivers blasted out a 5.976-second, 240.98 mph effort in qualifying to take the No. 4 qualifying position and earn lane choice for his first-round pairing against Melanie Troxel. When the two faced off Saturday evening, Stivers took the starting-line advantage and never looked back, recording a 6.032 at 240.25 mph to her 6.070 at 239.14.

Success continued for the Lexington, Ky.-native on Sunday when eliminations continued, handily taking out Danny Rowe in the second round with a 6.010 at 240.59 to 9.917 at 103.49. In the semifinals, Stivers faced Mike Janis and had him beaten - were it not for leaving the starting line early and forfeiting the round.

"Overall, I have to be pleased with the weekend," Stivers said. "We qualified really well, the car ran great, and we made a big jump in the points. For everything I've been through this year, to have a weekend like this is exactly what I needed."

Stivers missed the first race of the ten-race series because of emergency surgery, and spent the following two races regaining his driving touch. His finish this weekend put him into the No. 10 spot in the championship race with 167 points, just 75 points out of the lead. Six events still remain on the series calendar.

"With our performance this weekend, we've made it into the top ten, and we're down a race on everyone else. That really speaks to just how powerful this Brad Anderson team really is. With the BAE horsepower pushing us down the track, it's definitely hard to stop this Trane," Stivers said.

The NHRA Get Screened America Pro Mod Drag Racing Series continues June 10-13 at the NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J.

-source: rsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Mike Janis , Melanie Troxel , Rick Stivers , Danny Rowe