Rockingham Carquest Nationals To Go On As Scheduled

ROCKINGHAM NC - SUMMIT FastNews - If you could be magically transported to Rockingham Dragway without driving through the coastal region of North Carolina and without having seen any of the TV coverage of Hurrican Floyd, you'd find it hard to ...

ROCKINGHAM NC - SUMMIT FastNews - If you could be magically transported to Rockingham Dragway without driving through the coastal region of North Carolina and without having seen any of the TV coverage of Hurrican Floyd, you'd find it hard to believe that a major hurricane passed through this area just a week ago. "The Rock" and the surrounding countryside are high and dry, the weather is gorgeous, and it's supposed to stay that way right through the coming weekend. The only hurricane-related activity in this part of North Carolina is the collection of relief supplies for the low lying counties east of here, where flooding has left thousands without homes. The CARQUEST Autumn Nationals will go on as scheduled this weekend and Mother Nature appears to be cooperating. There will be a full Moon Saturday for the "Night of Fire" and the weather forecast for the weekend is for sunny skies and high temperatures in the low eighties. The Professional eliminator championships are still up for grabs, though the lists of those with a chance to grasp the prizes are getting pretty short. In Top Fuel Dragster, Don Lampus is very close to clinching the championship, leading Bruce Litton by 121 points (approximately six rounds of racing) with just nine rounds left in the 1999 Ton Fuel season. Jim Bailey trails Litton by just 42, so the number-two spot is very much in contention. In Nitro Harley, things are a little tighter. Jay Turner has a 65-point (three-round) lead over 1998 champion Johnny Mancuso, also with just nine rounds of competition left in 1999, while early-season points leader Doug Vancil is 91 points out of first. Jim McClure and Bill Furr are also mathematically in the chase, trailing by 124 and 125 points, respectively. Shannon Jenkins appears enroute to the Pro Modified championship, leading Steve Vick by 129 points and Fred Hahn by 140, with just 12 rounds left in their season (Top Fuel Dragster and Nitro Harley only have three rounds of eliminations at each event, the other Professional eliminators have four). In Pro Stock, the contest between Chris Holbrook and Floyd Cheek is a close one, Holbrook out front by just 43 points. Jon Yoak, third in points, is 153 points back. Von Smith appears to have the Funny Car title locked up and should clinch the title at Rockingham, leading Mark Thomas by 235 points almost 12 rounds) with just 12 rounds remaining. The battle for second, however, is close, with Jimmy Rector just 38 points behind Thomas and Scott Weney another 27 in arrears.

Larry Snyder has clinched the Super Eliminator title, leading by 257 points over Dave Price. Price appears to be solidly in second, 111 points ahead of Laurie Cannister, who joined the fray in mid-season. Cannister is locked in a tight battle for the third spot with two altered drivers, Neal Parker and Terry Munroe, Parker just 39 points and Munroe just 63 points behind Cannister.

Racing action begins Friday, September 23, at 8:30 AM. Results provided by the FastNews Network, courtesy of Summit Racing Equipment ** http://www.summitracing.com/ **

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Series NHRA
Drivers Fred Hahn , Mark Thomas , Scott Weney , Bruce Litton , Johnny Mancuso , Doug Vancil , Shannon Jenkins , Don Lampus , Von Smith