Pro Mod: Madison final notes, results

Danny Rowe wins first in 2004 MADISON, Ill. (June 27, 2004) -- On a night that was marred by the tragic death of Top Fuel racer Darrell Russell, Danny Rowe took top honors in the NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge, an NHRA exhibition ...

Danny Rowe wins first in 2004

MADISON, Ill. (June 27, 2004) -- On a night that was marred by the tragic death of Top Fuel racer Darrell Russell, Danny Rowe took top honors in the NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge, an NHRA exhibition class, at the NHRA Sears Craftsman Nationals when he defeated Von Smith in the final round.

.For Rowe, from Laguna Hills, Calif., it was his second consecutive final round this season and first win of the 2004 season. His last win came in 2001 at St. Louis.

En route to the final round, Rowe, in the Infinet/Unique Performance-backed '63 Corvette from the two-car Pro Mod team of Mike Ashley's Gotham City Racing, defeated his teammate Mike Ashley in the opening round and No. 1 qualifier Mike Janis in the semifinals.

Von Smith, from Oak Ridge, Tenn., driving the Tommy Lipar-backed Ford Mustang, turned back Rickie Smith and Zach Barklage to reach the finals against Rowe.

With a slight advantage at the green light, Rowe was away first and crossed the Gateway International Raceway finish line strip in 6.209 seconds at 229.86 mph. Smith followed in 6.240 seconds.

Mike Janis recorded the low elapsed time for the event in Pro Mod exhibition class -- a 6.169 second pass during eliminations. Zach Barklage took top speed honors at 231.87 mph.

The next event on the NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge schedule is the NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals which will be contested Labor Day weekend at Indianapolis Raceway Park.

Sunday's final results from the sixth of 10 events on the NHRA AMS Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge, an NHRA exhibition class, being held at the eighth annual Sears Craftsman NHRA Nationals at Gateway International Raceway:

ROUND ONE -- Von Smith, Ford Mustang, 6.174, 230.49 def. Rickie Smith, Chevy Corvette, 6.250,223.95; Dan Rowe, Corvette, 6.227, 226.66 def. Mike Ashley, Shelby Mustang, 6.242, 226.20; Mike Janis, Corvette, 6.176, 230.13 def. Billy Harper, Dodge Viper, 6.295, 223.36; Zach Barklage, Pontiac Grand Am, 6.277, 230.76 def. Fred Hahn, Corvette, 6.285, 225.33;

SEMIFINALS -- Rowe, 6.206, 228.23 def. Janis, 6.226, 228.65; V. Smith, 6.200, 229.55 def. Barklage, 7.431, 196.36;

FINALS -- Rowe, 6.209, 229.86 def. V. Smith, 6.240, 226.39.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Mike Janis , Fred Hahn , Rickie Smith , Mike Ashley , Zach Barklage , Von Smith , Danny Rowe