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Sun, 17 Oct 1999, 10:52 PM

SHREVEPORT - EVENT RECAP
By Larry Sullivan





GILLIAM, La. - IHRA officials and racers found themselves in a race against time to complete racing action ahead of threatened rain at the season-ending Mopar Parts World Nationals at Red River Raceway Sunday. For once, Mother Nature lost the race and racers Jim Bailey, Steve Stordeur, Tommy Mauney, Von Smith, Jon Yoak, and Laurie Cannister stood in their respective winner's circles before a single raindrop fell.

Smith capped an impressive season in the Big Daddy's BBQ Sauce Funny Car category with his seventh win of the season and fourth in a row, the first driver to accomplish either of those feats. Smith defeated Scott Weney in the final round of eliminations Sunday with a 5.935 second, 239.70 mph effort against Weney's 6.220 at 196.73. Earlier, during the quarterfinals, Smith reset the Funny Car World elapsed time record at 5.851 seconds.

Smith, who hopes to run a limited five-race Top Fuel schedule for Bruce Litton as well as the full Funny Car schedule in 2000, said, "Every win is as good as the first. We're extremely proud of our team's seven wins in a season and four in a row, an IHRA best. I'm looking forward to running two pro classes if we can."

Bailey posted his second win of the year in Top Fuel Dragster, running 4.977 at 279.04 against Paul Romine's tire-smoking 8.846 at 94.47. "The whole Snap-On Team is on a roll, with (team owner) Doug (Herbert) winning at Rockingham, Topeka, and Memphis, and our win here at Shreveport."

"Our team is a rookie team," he continued, "that Doug set up to run IHRA exclusively. Our team worked well together and if we can keep it intact we'll contend for the championship in 2000."

Jon Yoak capped a weekend full of accomplishments by defeating Gene Wilson in the final round of Pro Stock eliminations. Wilson, son of well-known fisherman Orlando Wilson, was in his first final round and acquitted himself well with a a 6.712 at 205.60 against Yoak's 6.648 at 210.18. Yoak also led the field in qualifying, won the Sunoco Fuels Pro Stock Shootout Saturday night, and reset the Pro Stock speed record at 210.24 mph during Sunday's semifinals.

"I couldn't have written a better end to the season. We were the only car to go over 210 mph four times this weekend. We had a great start to the season, with three out of four finals, and we went into a slump. Pat Norcia, of RAM Automotive, discovered that we had rear end and steering problems. We fixed it and it made all the difference in the world."

Cannister won her fourth event of the year in the first-ever all-Mopar Super Eliminator final round by way of a better reaction time, besting Michael Barclay with a 6.324 at 216.17 to Barclay's almost identical 6.325 at 214.08. "Our crew chief was absent and my husband Dale filled in," she said. "He called the shots and we're proud of him."

"The wind was a problem (in the final round) and I had to hang on and steeer from half track on. It's great to win both Mopar-sponsored races this year. We wanted to make a statement about potential of the Mopar smallblock engine and we are on our way to succeeding."

Stordeur posted his first event win ever in the Screamin' Eagle Harley category, besting North American Nationals winner Bill Furr in the final round with a 6.721 at 206.01 when Furr abandoned his run with handling problems. Unlike Cannister, Stordeur said, "I did not feel the wind. The track is so smooth that it did not affect our run."

Though this was Stordeur's first event win, he won an invitational event at Red River in 1998. "I won the free one, and now I'm happy to win a race that pays."

Mauney drove his '63 Corvette to victory in the hotly-contested Pro Modified category, besting Al Billes, in a '53 Studebaker, in a tight contest, 6.320 at 221.45 over Billes' 6.353 at 222.73. Mauney's final round run, however, was far from routine, "I was heading for the wall with the wheels up in the air and I knew I was either going to crash or I was going to complete the run. I wasn't going to let up."

The 2000 IHRA Drag Racing Series opens March 9-11, in Darlington, S.C, at the Prolong Super Lubricants Winter Nationals.

GILLIAM, La. -- Saturday's final results from the Mopar Parts World Finals presented by Prolong at Red River Raceway. The $1.6-million race is the last of 12 events in the 1999 IHRA Snap-On Tools Drag Racing Series:

Top Fuel Dragster - Jim Bailey, Mantua, Ohio, 4.977 seconds, 279.04 mph def. Paul Romine, Indianapolis, 8.846 seconds, 94.47 mph.

Nitro Harley - Steve Stordeur, Goshen, Ohio, 6.721, 206.01 def. Bill Furr, Orangeburg, S.C., 20.359, 28.83.

Funny Car - Von Smith, Oak Ridge, Tenn., Pontiac Firebird, 5.935, 239.70 def. Scott Weney, Royersford, Pa., Firebird, 6.220, 196.73.

Pro Modified - Tommy Mauney, Shelby, N.C., '63 Chevrolet Corvette, 6.320, 221.45 def. Al Billes, Barrie, Ont., '53 Studebaker, 6.353, 222.73.

Pro Stock - Jon Yoak, Ellenboro, W.Va., Ford Probe, 6.648, 210.18 def. Gene Wilson, Canton, Ga., Ford Thunderbird, 6.712, 205.60.

Super Eliminator - Laurie Cannister, Clinton, Pa., 6.324, 216.17 def. Michael Barclay, Henderson, Tenn., 6.325, 214.08.

Top Dragster - Matt Cooke, Hendersonville, N.C., Dragster, 11.341, 97.91, def. Johnny Cofield, Ranburne, Ala., Dragster, broke.

Holbrook Tool TS Quick 8 - Jason Collins, Rainbow City, Ala., 6.848, 198.03 def. Jeff Belloma, Pella, Iowa, 9.143, 94.29.

Top Sportsman - Jason Collins, Rainbow City, Ala., '99 Chevrolet Corvette, 6.979, 184.07 def. Perry Llewellyn, Jacksonville, N.C., '97 Pontiac Firebird, 7.624, 180.16.

Modified Eliminator - Anthony Bertozzi, Richmond, Va., Dragster, 7.415, 180.28 def. Michael Lyons, Garden City, Mich., Dragster, 7.420, 169.55.

Quick Rod - John Garner, Houston, Dragster, 8.907, -no speed def. Kenny Farrell, Fort Mill, S.C., Dragster, 8.921, no speed.

Super Rod - Rusty Cook, Cynthiana, Ky., '99 Chevrolet Corvette, 9.918, 149.86 def. Vasil John, New Orleans, '96 Pontiac Firebird, foul.

Hot Rod - Jeff Warren, Clinton, N.C., '67 Chevrolet Camaro, 10.876, 125.01 def. Thomas Levatino, LaPlace, La., '67 Ford Fairlane, 10.895, 128.08.

Super Stock - Anthony Bertozzi, Richmond, Va., '98 Pontiac Grand Am, 9.410, 143.61 def. Jerry Emmons, Pasadena, Texas, '69 Chevrolet Camaro, foul.

Stock - Myron Piatek, Holly Hill, Fla., '76 Plymouth Duster, 11.863, 106.36 def. Stacie Ridings, Columbus, N.C., '86 Chevrolet Camaro, 11.972, 110.33.

Elapsed Time - Rick Kojis, Alex, La., 8.904, 144.16 def. Jim Cornett, Jefferson, Texas, 12.077, 107.32.

GILLIAM, La. -- Final round-by-round results from the Mopar Parts World Finals at Red River Raceway, the 12th of 12 events in the 1999 IHRA Snap-On Tools Drag Racing Series:

TOP FUEL:

ROUND ONE -- Mike Smith, Lantana, Fla., 4.763, 304.80 def. Bruce Litton, Indianapolis, 10.076, 78.54; Jim Bailey, Mantua, Ohio, 6.305, 219.47 def. Luigi Novelli, Crete, Ill., 7.198, 111.65; Paul Romine, Indianapolis, 4.877, 282.24 def. Doug McCan, Owensville, Mo., 14.860, 39.74; Don Lampus, Garland, Texas, 4.920, 289.20 def. Steve Smith, Princeton, N.C., 7.678, 93.84; SEMIFINALS -- Romine, 4.841, 277.54 def. Lampus, 10.196, 80.97; Bailey, 4.760, 281.95 def. M. Smith, 4.825, 307.58; FINAL -- Bailey, 4.977, 279.04 def. Romine, 8.846, 94.47.

NITRO HARLEY:

ROUND ONE -- Steve Stordeur, Goshen, Ohio, 6.932, 197.45 def. Mark Conner, Canyon Lake, Texas, 7.113, 188.20; Bob Spina, Brentwood, N.Y., 6.746, 221.63 def. Mike Romine, Sturgis, Mich., 9.940, 90.93; Bill Furr, Orangeburg, S.C., No Time, No Speed def. Jay Turner, Whitsett, N.C., foul; Jim McClure, Williamsburg,, Va., 6.817, 197.68 def. Johnny Mancuso, Houston, 6.853, 199.64; SEMIFINALS -- Stordeur, 6.668, 210.21 def. Spina, 6.928, 196.33; Furr, 6.575, 216.03 def. McClure, 6.785, 196.24; FINAL -- Stordeur, 6.721, 206.01 def. Furr, 20.359, 28.83.

PRO MODIFIED:

ROUND ONE -- Shannon Jenkins, Tuscaloosa, Ala., '41 Willys, 6.376, 217.74 def. Steve Vick, Mocksville, N.C., '68 Chevrolet Camaro, 6.386, 219.69; Harold Martin, Wixom, Mich., '97 Pontiac Firebird, 7.338, 207.50 def. Quain Stott, Inman, S.C., '63 Chevrolet Corvette, 9.680, 94.18; Al Billes, Barrie, Ont., '53 Studebaker, 6.362, 221.45 def. Billy Harper, Paducah, Ky., '68 Plymouth Barracuda, 6.376, 219.97; Mitch Stott, Mill Spring, N.C., '63 Corvette, 6.338, 221.05 def. Landon Jordan, Mansfield, Texas, '63 Corvette, 6.557, 211.13; Troy Critchley, Leesburg, Va., '49 Mercury, 6.406, 216.48 def. Tommy Gray, Baltimore, '53 Corvette, 6.448, 217.60; Rickie Smith, King, N.C., '63 Corvette, 6.405, 214.28 def. Ed Hoover, Gilbert, S.C., '63 Corvette, 6.466, 219.94; Wally Stroupe, Kings Mountain, N.C., '63 Corvette, 6.415, 216.06 def. Fred Hahn, Elma, N.Y., '54 Corvette, 6.404, 209.30; Tommy Mauney, Shelby, N.C., '63 Corvette, 6.334, 222.25 def. Tim McAmis, Hawk Point, Mo., '63 Corvette, 11.646, 90.31; QUARTERFINALS -- Stroupe, 6.376, 214.45 def. Martin, broke; Billes, 6.398, 221.38 def. Smith, 6.619, 181.42; M. Stott, 6.325, 222.22 def. Critchley, 6.340, 220.51; Mauney, 6.306, 221.74 def. Jenkins, 21.476, 26.86; SEMIFINALS -- Billes, 6.341, 222.14 def. Stroupe, 6.456, 214.86; Mauney, 6.312, 221.38 def. M. Stott, 6.349, 218.02; FINAL -- Mauney, 6.320, 221.45 def. Billes, 6.353, 222.73.

FUNNY CAR:

ROUND ONE -- Dale Brand, Sully, Iowa, Pontiac Trans Am, 6.029, 227.77 def. Tony Bogolo, Salem, Ohio, Dodge Daytona, 19.520, 23.70; Rich Krohn, Monee, Ill., Pontiac Firebird, 6.083, 213.43 def. James Lape, Myerstown, Pa., Chevrolet Camaro, 6.149, 231.32; Mark Thomas, Louisville, Ohio, Dodge Avenger, 5.929, 237.67 def. Chris Hunt, Killen, Ala., Chevrolet Corvette, 6.070, 226.39; Von Smith, Oak Ridge, Tenn., Firebird, 5.954, 238.94 def. Gary Rettell, Antioch, Tenn., Avenger, 6.122, 228.96; Dennis Rotter, Blairstown, Iowa, Dodge Charger, 6.123, 229.20 def. Jimmy Rector, Vernon, Ala., Avenger, 6.041, 234.78; Scott Weney, Royersford, Pa., Firebird, 6.047, 235.76 def. Terry McMillen, Elkhart, Ind., Avenger, 6.194, 222.99; Rob Atchison, London, Ont., Firebird, 6.037, 228.85 def. Wayne Butler, Manito, Ill., Camaro, 6.111, 229.35; Burl Brown, Gainsville, Texas, Avenger, 6.333, 188.99 def. Monty Todd, Montgomery, Ala., Avenger, 14.055, 52.86; QUARTERFINALS -- Thomas, 5.890, 237.59 def. Brand, 6.015, 228.77; Smith, 5.851, 239.53 def. Atchison, 5.990, 228.89; Weney, 6.129, 231.36 def. Krohn, 13.844, 50.56; Rotter, 6.038, 225.97 def. Brown, foul; SEMIFINALS -- Weney, 6.034, 234.45 def. Rotter, 6.533, 190.70; Smith, 5.889, 239.36 def. Thomas, 8.289, 106.50; FINAL -- Smith, 5.935, 239.70 def. Weney, 6.220, 196.73.

PRO STOCK:

ROUND ONE -- Jerry Yeoman, Galena, Kan., Pontiac Firebird, 6.730, 204.94 def. Doug Kirk, Lenore, W.Va., Ford Probe, 9.491, 91.99; Ron Miller, Lebanon, Ohio, Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 6.676, 207.69 def. Jeremy Bevins, Hudson, N.C., Probe, 11.715, 71.24; Gene Wilson, Canton, Ga., Ford Thunderbird, 6.686, 205.19 def. Dwayne Rice, Grove City, Ohio, Firebird, 6.714, 207.94; John Montecalvo, Center Moriches, N.Y., Monte Carlo, 6.663, 207.88 def. Floyd Cheek, Soddy Daisey, Tenn., Probe, 8.754, 99.25; Steve Spiess, Manhattan, Ill., Monte Carlo, 6.695, 207.34 def. Tim Nabors, Lawrencev'l, Ga., Monte Carlo, 10.947, 78.69; Jon Yoak, Ellenboro, W.Va., Probe, 6.659, 210.18 def. Carl Baker, Ridgeville, Ohio, Thunderbird, 6.815, 203.71; Tom Lee, Kingsport, Tenn., Probe, 6.690, 207.91 def. Ed Machacek, Atkins, Iowa, Firebird, 6.721, 204.42; Bob Holzer, Rochester Hills, Mich., Firebird, 16.023, 49.59 def. Chris Holbrook, Redford, Mich., Probe, broke; QUARTERFINALS -- Wilson, 6.707, 203.77 def. Holzer, foul; Lee, 6.687, 207.66 def. Miller, 6.786, 192.58; Montecalvo, 6.714, 207.78 def. Spiess, 6.742, 205.44; Yoak, 6.652, 209.62 def. Yeoman, 6.682, 205.51; SEMIFINALS -- Wilson, 6.703, 205.94 def. Lee, broke; Yoak, 6.645, 210.24 def. Montecalvo, 10.438, 100.20; FINAL -- Yoak, 6.648, 210.18 def. Wilson, 6.712, 205.60.

SUPER ELIMINATOR:

ROUND ONE -- Dan Bandish, Melbourne, Fla., 6.628, 196.22 def. Scott Ray, New Madison, Ohio, 11.566, 68.87; Michael Barclay, Henderson, Tenn., 6.343, 210.67 def. Mark McElwee, Port St Lucie, Fla., 8.446, 106.25; Dave Price, Norwalk, Ohio, 10.149, 76.10 def. Randy Fraker, Waukesha, Wis., 6.778, 196.59; Todd Goodman, Roanoke Rapids, N.C., 7.719, 121.80 def. Mike Decker, Louisville, Ky., broke; Laurie Cannister, Clinton, Pa., 6.171, 214.04 def. Charlie Gambino, Port Orange, Fla., broke; Larry Snyder, Demotte, Ind., 6.131, 220.22 was unopposed; QUARTERFINALS -- Barclay, 6.266, 209.59 def. Goodman, 6.731, 174.35; Bandish, 8.028, 153.88 def. Snyder, broke; Cannister, 6.201, 216.38 def. Price, broke; SEMIFINALS -- Cannister, 6.182, 216.90 def. Bandish, 15.945, 35.41; Barclay, 17.949, 66.94 was unopposed; FINAL -- Cannister, 6.324, 216.17 def. Barclay, 6.325, 214.08.



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