Chicago: Pro Stock Dominator preview

JOLIET, Ill. -- Five-time NHRA Winston Pro Stock champion Warren Johnson will seek his third victory in the rain-delayed Holley Pro Stock Dominator Duel as the No. 1 seed for the special event, rescheduled for June 3 during the third...

JOLIET, Ill. -- Five-time NHRA Winston Pro Stock champion Warren Johnson will seek his third victory in the rain-delayed Holley Pro Stock Dominator Duel as the No. 1 seed for the special event, rescheduled for June 3 during the third annual Prestone Route 66 Nationals at Route 66 Raceway near Chicago. The event was originally scheduled for May 20 at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., but was canceled due to inclement weather. The Pro Stock Dominator Duel will be held simulataeously with the Pro Stock Dominator Duel for Pro Stock Trucks. A purse of $76,000 is available for the eight drivers competing in the Duel. The winner of the 16th annual Holley Pro Stock Dominator Duel will earn $50,000. The runner-up will earn $10,000, the two semi-finalists $3,000 each and the four first-round finishers $2,500 apiece. Johnson, from Buford, Ga., qualified No. 1 at 12 of the 22 NHRA national events that drivers could earn Duel points. Johnson qualified in the top five at 18 of those events. The $142,000 Holley Pro Stock Dominator Duel showcases the eight best Pro Stock qualifiers during a 22-race span between the 1999 Matco Tools Spring SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park and the 2000 Advance Auto Parts NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway. Drivers accumulated points during qualifying at those events. Holley Performance Products presented a $3,000 bonus to the No. 1 qualifier at each race during that span. Johnson is the only Pro Stock driver that has competed in every Holley Pro Stock Dominator Duel since its inception in 1985. He has been to the final round six times, winning in 1995 and 1993. He was runner-up in 1999, 1996, 1990 and 1989. This year's Holley Pro Stock Dominator Duel field contains five past winners. In addition to Johnson, defending champion Jeg Coughlin, two-time winner Kurt Johnson, 1997 winner Jim Yates and 1986 winner Bruce Allen will compete. Mark Pawuk is making his eighth appearance, while Richie Stevens and Troy Coughlin will compete in the Duel for the second time.

<pre> 2000 HOLLEY PRO STOCK DOMINATOR DUEL FINAL STANDINGS 1. Warren Johnson, Buford, Ga., GM Goodwrench Pontiac Firebird 3,500 2. Jeg Coughlin, Columbus, Ohio, Jeg's Mail Order Oldsmobile Cutlass 3,175 3. Kurt Johnson, Lawrenceville, Ga., AC Delco Chevrolet Camaro 2,985 4. Mark Pawuk, Bath, Ohio, Summit Racing Pontiac Firebird 2,905 5. Jim Yates, Alexandria, Va., Splitfire/Peak Pontiac Firebird 2,810 6. Richie Stevens, New Orleans, Valspar Refinish Pontiac Firebird 2,630 7. Bruce Allen, Arlington, Texas, Outlaw Pontiac Firebird 2,475 8. Troy Coughlin, Columbus, Ohio, Jeg's Mail Order Oldsmobile Cutlass 2,180

2000 HOLLEY PRO STOCK DOMINATOR DUEL ROUND PAIRINGS FIRST ROUND (Noon): W. Johnson vs. T. Coughlin; J. Coughlin vs. Allen; K. Johnson vs. Stevens; Pawuk vs. Yates. SEMI-FINALS (3:50 p.m.): W. Johnson-T. Coughlin winner vs. Pawuk-Yates winner; J. Coughlin-Allen winner vs. K. Johnson-Stevens winner. FINAL (5:30 p.m.)

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Troy Coughlin , Mark Pawuk , Kurt Johnson , Warren Johnson , Bruce Allen