Pro Mod Challenge Memphis final summary

Shannon Jenkins wins rain-delayed race at Memphis MILLINGTON, Tenn. (September 22, 2003) - Eight Pro Modified cars took to the Memphis Motorsports Park quarter-mile track today (Monday) for the opening round of the AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod ...

Shannon Jenkins wins rain-delayed race at Memphis

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (September 22, 2003) - Eight Pro Modified cars took to the Memphis Motorsports Park quarter-mile track today (Monday) for the opening round of the AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge, an NHRA exhibition class, being held as part of the 16th annual NHRA O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals this weekend.

Originally schedule for yesterday (Sunday), rain forced a one-day postponement to the elimination schedule for all classes.

Fred Hahn, from West Seneca, N.Y., who leads the DRO/NMM Pro Mod Cup point standings, will be watching from the sidelines due to not qualifying for this event. For Hahn, what a difference a couple of weeks made. The veteran Pro Mod driver qualified second on the qualifying grid at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in his Summit Racing Corvette but failed to make the field here.

Tim McAmis, from Hawk Point, Mo., took his fourth No. 1 qualifying position of the year with a pass of 6.192 seconds at 226.09 mph, but the No. 1 spot has not been kind to McAmis.

"We haven't done well after qualifying No. 1... every time I've qualified No. 1 this year, I've got my butt kicked," said McAmis, who pilots the Sanders Motorsports '63 Corvette.

Opening round match ups found: Tim McAmis (Chevy Corvette) vs. Thomas Patterson (Willys); Von Smith (Ford Mustang) vs. Rickie Smith (Corvette); Mitch Stott (Corvette) vs. Mike Castellana (Chevy Camaro); Shannon Jenkins (Camaro) vs. Scott Ray (Corvette).

McAmis, Patterson, Von Smith, Stott and Ray run supercharged engines; while, Rickie Smith, Castellana and Jenkins use nitrous-assisted engines.

Once again McAmis had problems advancing to the second round after securing the top spot, as Patterson, after a short staging battle between the pair, took the win light by virtue of a holeshot and put McAmis on the trailer. Also moving to the semifinals were Jenkins, Stott and Von Smith.

Patterson once again was in a staging battle this time in the semifinal. He and Jenkins squared off in a one minute staging duel before Patterson entered the lights followed by Jenkins. Patterson was off first but got out of the groove. A great driving job kept his Willys off the wall. Meanwhile, Jenkins took the win light.

On the other side of the ladder, Von Smith advanced to his second straight final round when he turned back Mitch Stott. Smith had lane choice over Jenkins in the finals.

In the final round Smith got a two-hundredths advantage at the light, but his Mustang made a quick move toward the center line. Jenkins took advantage of the miscue and took the win in his nitrous powered Camaro, the Ice Man's first of the 2003 season and seventh since the AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge became an NHRA exhibition class. Jenkins is undefeated in final rounds.

Jenkins will have several weeks to savor the victory before the AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge moves to the Texas Motorplex, in Ennis, Texas, near Dallas-Ft. Worth for the NHRA O'Reilly Fall Nationals, October 9-12.

About AMS Staff Leasing: Charles "Dave" Wood, Jr. founded AMS Staff Leasing in 1991 in Dallas, Texas. Growing to become the largest privately owned professional employee organization in the world, AMS is in the business of reducing insurance costs and the costs of the non-revenue producing tasks all businesses face on a daily bases. With a primary emphasis on the construction trades and other higher risk businesses, AMS provides an integrated and cost effective group of services such as workman's compensation insurance, general liability, complete payroll and tax reporting functions as well as many other safety and benefit programs. Well-managed services such as these are required in today's fast moving and ever changing business world. No company manages these areas of business better than AMS Staff Leasing.

Final round-by-round results from NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge, an exhibition class, being held at the 16th annual O'Reilly NHRA Mid-South Nationals presented by Pennzoil at Memphis Motorsports Park, the eighth of 10 events.

ROUND ONE -- Shannon Jenkins, Chevy Camaro, 6.276, 222.58 def. Scott Ray, Chevy Corvette, 6.325, 221.60; Mitch Stott, Corvette, 6.287, 225.00 def. Mike Castellana, Camaro, foul; Von Smith, Ford Mustang, 6.233, 228.92 def. Rickie Smith, Corvette, 6.514, 192.00; Thomas Patterson, Willys, 6.277, 221.56 def. Tim McAmis, Corvette, 6.261, 223.28;

SEMIFINALS -- Jenkins, 6.247, 222.99 def. Patterson, 6.667, 160.37; V. Smith, 6.236, 228.11 def. Stott, 6.292, 224.36;

FINALS -- Jenkins, 6.260, 221.71 def. V. Smith, 7.072, 140.33.


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Series NHRA
Drivers Fred Hahn , Thomas Patterson , Scott Ray , Shannon Jenkins , Rickie Smith , Tim McAmis , Von Smith