Pro Mod Challenge Memphis Saturday notes

Field set for Memphis and for the AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Shootout Millington, Tenn. (September 20, 2003) - The field is set for both the NHRA O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals being contested this weekend at Memphis Motorsports Park and the First...

Field set for Memphis and for the AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Shootout

Millington, Tenn. (September 20, 2003) - The field is set for both the NHRA O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals being contested this weekend at Memphis Motorsports Park and the First annual AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Shootout, a special race-within-a-race, that will be held during the 18th annual O'Reilly Fall Nationals at the Texas Motorplex, Saturday, October 11.

Unbelievely, the same driver qualified first for both this event and the shootout. Tim McAmis, from Hawk Point, Mo., took the No. 1 spot for the NHRA O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals with a pass of 6.192 seconds at 226.09 mph. By qualifying first, coupled with Fred Hahn's DNQ (not qualifying), McAmis was able to take over the top spot for the upcoming shootout. He collected 46 Shootout points to 42 points for Hahn, who resides in West Seneca, N.Y.

"We didn't tune it up for the first run yesterday, the track just came to us," said McAmis in recalling the run to No. 1. "Yesterday's runs weren't perfect but things got better today. We've worked hard since the rules changed recently and our engine program is showing the results."

McAmis, in the Sanders Motorsports Corvette, will square off against Thomas Patterson in the opening round tomorrow.

"We haven't done well after qualifying No. 1. Hopefully, we can get that turned around tomorrow and win this thing," added McAmis.

For Hahn, what a difference a couple of weeks make. The veteran Pro Mod driver qualified second on the qualifying grid at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in his Summit Racing Corvette.

"After finishing No. 2 at Indy, we're just lost here at Memphis," said Hahn. "If we can't find something, don't expect anything from us at Dallas."

In addition to McAmis, Von Smith, Oak Ridge, Tenn., Mitch Stott, Mill Spring, N.C., Shannon Jenkins, Tuscaloosa, Ala., Scott Ray, Greenville, Ohio, Mike Castellana, Westbury, N.Y., Rickie Smith, King, N.C., and Thomas Patterson, Houston will fill the remainder of the eight qualifying positions.

Drivers competing in the NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge, an NHRA exhibition class, earned points based on how they qualified at the first eight of ten events at which the Pro Mods compete. At each of the eight events, drivers earned between eight and one point -- eight points for qualifying No. 1, seven points for qualifying No. 2, down to one point for qualifying eighth. Points are awarded on qualifying performance; therefore, no points are awarded for DNQs.

The eight Pro Mod drivers accumulating the most points during the season- long qualifying earned a position in the AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Shootout.

Qualifying No. 1 for the AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Shootout was a surprise to McAmis. "I wasn't even thinking about the No. 1 spot at the Shootout. I never thought in a hundred years I'd be No. 1. Too many things had to happen for me to take over the top spot, but I'll take it. The only downside is that every time I've qualify No. 1 this year, I've got my butt kicked," said McAmis.

Missing in Action: Al Billes, Mike Stawicki and Quain Stott were no-shows at the NHRA O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals. Billes had border problems as he tried to enter the U.S. from Canada. Stawicki was short on parts due to the number of recent races and was unable to regroup for this event. An accident at Epping, N. H. destroyed Quain Stott's car and he might miss the remainder of the season.

Late Show: Fred Hahn and team owner Jim Oddy were late arriving at Memphis Motorsports Park due to mechanical problems to their travel equipment. They missed Friday's opening qualifying session.

A Ray of Sunshine: Scott Ray qualified No. 5, with a career best pass of 6.250 seconds at 222.69 mph.

First-round pairings for Sunday's eliminations for the 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 in the NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge. Pairings based on results in qualifying, which ended Saturday:

<pre> Pro Modified 1. Tim McAmis, Chevy Corvette, 6.192, 226.09 vs. 8. Thomas Patterson, Willys, 6.259, 220.44 2. Von Smith, Ford Mustang, 6.210, 229.86 vs. 7. Rickie Smith, Corvette, 6.255, 224.25 3. Mitch Stott, Corvette, 6.244, 227.73 vs. 6. Mike Castellana, Chevy Camaro, 6.253, 223.99 4. Shannon Jenkins, Camaro, 6.250, 224.10 vs. 5. Scott Ray, Corvette, 6.250, 223.02.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Fred Hahn , Quain Stott , Thomas Patterson , Scott Ray , Shannon Jenkins , Mike Stawicki , Rickie Smith , Al Billes , Tim McAmis , Von Smith