Pro Mod Challenge Englishtown summary

Mitch Stott takes the the NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge title at Englishtown ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (May 18, 2003) -- The quickest and fastest field in Pro Mod history took to the quarter-mile track at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in...

Mitch Stott takes the the NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge title at Englishtown

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (May 18, 2003) -- The quickest and fastest field in Pro Mod history took to the quarter-mile track at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., for the NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge being held this weekend as part of the NHRA K&N Filters SuperNationals presented by Pep Boys.

In the opening round, Tim McAmis, the No. 1 qualifier, from Hawk Point, Mo., was upset on a holeshot by Mike Ashley, from Melville, N.Y. McAmis, in a '63 Corvette, ran a record-setting elapsed time (E.T.) of 6.084 seconds in a losing effort to Ashley, who ran a 6.125 seconds. Other first round winner were: Thomas Patterson, from Houston; Quain Stott, from Inman, S.C.; and Mitch Stott, from Mill Spring, N.C.

McAmis' E.T. of 6.084 seconds is both a career best for McAmis and national record for the NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge, an exhibition class on the NHRA national event circuit.

Quain Stott, in a '63 Corvette, set the speed record for the NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge when he recorded a speed of 233.88 mph in today's opening round of eliminations. His speed of 233.72 mph run in yesterday's final round of qualifying will serve as the necessary back up. He also held the old record of 232.51 mph which he set at the NHRA O'Reilly Springs Nationals in Houston in mid-April.

In the semifinals, Mitch Stott bested his brother Quain and Ashley turned back Patterson. That set a final round match up of Mitch Stott and Ashley.

In the final round Ashley, in a '41 Willys, was away first at he green light. Near half-track Ashley moved slightly out of the racing groove and that allowed Stott, in '63 Corvette, around to take the win light. Stott recorded a winning pass of 6.132 seconds, while Ashley followed with a 6.280 second run. It was Stott's second win in four races on the 2003 NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge circuit. He has been to all four final rounds thus far this season and leads the point standings on the NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge.

"This team is dedicated to winning doing whatever is required at whatever the cost," said Mitch Stott. "We had respectable lights all day, although I will say I was the last one out of the gate each time. I gave too much away in the final round but fortunately I have total faith in my crew and they give me enough power to over come the starts. Still, the bottom line is that we don't like giving anything away.

"I've always followed the history of Englishtown, although I've never raced here before this weekend, and it's very satisfying to come here and take a win."

The next event on the NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge will be held at the 6th annual NHRA Lucas Oil Route 66 Nationals which unfolds May 29 - June 1 at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Quain Stott , Thomas Patterson , Mike Ashley , Tim McAmis