Englishtown: Krisher leads Pro Stock racers in Holley Duel

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J.-- Ron Krisher will lead the Holley Pro Stock Dominator Duel field as the No. 1 seed for the lucrative special event May 19 during the 32nd annual Matco Tools SuperNationals presented by Racing Champions, May 17-20 at Old Bridge...

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J.-- Ron Krisher will lead the Holley Pro Stock Dominator Duel field as the No. 1 seed for the lucrative special event May 19 during the 32nd annual Matco Tools SuperNationals presented by Racing Champions, May 17-20 at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. The $2 million race is the eighth of 24 events in the $50 million NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series.

A purse of $76,000 is available for the eight drivers competing in the Duel. The winner of the 17th 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.

Krisher, from Warren, Ohio, qualified No. 1 at four of the 23 NHRA national events that drivers could earn Duel points. It is Krisher's first career appearance in the Duel.

The $145,000 Holley Pro Stock Dominator Duel showcases the eight best Pro Stock qualifiers during a 23 race span between the 2000 FRAM Route 66 Nationals at Route 66 Raceway and 2001 Advance Auto Parts NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway. Besides the $76,000 available in the Duel, Holley has awarded $69,000 in bonuses to quick Pro Stock qualifiers throughout the Holley Pro Stock Dominator Duel series.

Drivers accumulated points during qualifying at those events, and a $3,000 bonus was awarded to the No. 1 qualifier at each race.

This year's Holley Pro Stock Dominator Duel field features five past winners. Krisher's first round opponent, Bruce Allen, has two wins and four runner-up finishes in the Duel. Two-time defending Holley Pro Stock Dominator Duel champion Jeg Coughlin will face nine-time Duel participant Mark Pawuk in the opening round. Warren Johnson, who has won the event twice, his last coming in 1995, will pair against Richie Stevens, a three-time Duel veteran. Two other past winners, Kurt Johnson (1998, 1994) and Jim Yates (1997), will meet in the first round.

Holley Pro Stock Dominator Duel rounds are scheduled for 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on May 19.

<pre> 2001 HOLLEY PRO STOCK DOMINATOR DUEL FINAL STANDINGS 1. Ron Krisher, Warren, Ohio, Eagle One Chevrolet Cavalier 3,540 2. Warren Johnson, Buford, Ga., GM Goodwrench Pontiac Grand Am 3,255 3. Kurt Johnson, Lawrenceville, Ga., AC Delco Chevrolet Cavavlier 3,220 4. Jeg Coughlin Jr., Columbus, Ohio, Jeg's Mail Order Chevrolet Cavalier 3,070 5. Mark Pawuk, Bath, Ohio, Summit Racing Pontiac Grand Am 3,010 6. Jim Yates, Alexandria, Va., Splitfire/Peak Pontiac Grand Am 2,740 7. Richie Stevens, New Orleans, Valspar Refinish Pontiac Grand Am 2,565 8. Bruce Allen, Arlington, Texas, Reher-Morrison Pontiac Grand Am 2,255

2001 HOLLEY PRO STOCK DOMINATOR DUEL ROUND PAIRINGS

FIRST ROUND (1 p.m.): Krisher vs. Allen; W. Johnson vs. Stevens; K. Johnson vs. Yates; Coughlin vs. Pawuk.

SEMI-FINALS (3 p.m.): Krisher-Allen winner vs. Coughlin-Pawuk winner; W. Johnson-Stevens winner vs. K. Johnson-Yates winner.

FINAL (4:30 p.m.)

-NHRA

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Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Mark Pawuk , Kurt Johnson , Warren Johnson , Ron Krisher , Bruce Allen