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IHRA Cordova Final Results

by Motorsport.com

Cordova, IL. - Bruce Litton defeated Paul Romine to take the Top Fuel title at the 21st Amalie Oil Summer Nationals at Cordova Dragway Park.

Before a record crowd, Fred Hahn, Steve Stordeur, Von Smith, Ron Miller and Mick Snyder earned pro category wins at Cordova, the fourth race in the Summit Drag Racing Series.

In a side by side pass, Litton posted a run of 4.752 seconds at 305.98 miles per hour in his WIX Dragster to defeat a determined Romine who ran a losing 4, 747 at 309.20 miles per hour. The WIX team had an up and down weekend, encountering engine problems all weekend and losing 10 net points and $500 in oil down penalties.

"I never knew I was going to win this race, until the cameras came over to me and the lady handed me the trophy, " said a happy, but emotional Litton. "I knew I was going to lose a lot of points at this race so I knew I had to win a lot of rounds."

Despite finishing second to Litton, Romine remained the Summit Top Fuel points leader, 425 to 397, due to the "black flag" penalties he incurred.

Number one Top qualifier Shirley Muldowney rolled the beams in the first round of eliminations, losing to Jim Bailey. "I had a bad weekend and simply made a mistake, " said Muldowney, who despite the problems made the fastest pass in IHRA history during the second round of qualifying, at 319.22 miles per hour.

Fred Hahn scored his second Mopar Performance Parts Pro Modified victory in two weeks, defeating Billy Harper's nitrous-powered Dodge Viper in a photo finish 6.320/205.60 to 6.361/206.66. The Jim Oddy prepared 53' Corvette, sponsored by Summit Performance continued to set the pace in the highly competitive class, fueling the blown versus nitrous controversy. The nitrous contingent favors reductions to the blower overdrive on the blown cars to make them more competitive. Hahn disagrees.

"If you want parity, that would be eight blown cars and eight nitrous cars making the field, " Hahn said. "No one complained last year when I qualified first at five straight events and then smoked my tires in went out in round one at all five races."

In Nitro Harley, it was an all Team Mancuso final as Johnny Mancuso and Steve Stordeur faced off. Mancuso experienced problems at half-track and shut the bike off giving Stordeur the easy win. Mancuso left the weekend with the new speed record at 216.00. Jay Tuner holds onto the points lead with 414. Mancuso remains second with 339 points and Stordeur moved into third with 336 points.

1999 Funny Car Champion Von Smith continued his winning ways, taking his second win of the season in his Nitro Fish Pontiac Firebird. Smith defeated local driver Dale Brand 5.924/238.93 to 5.989/234.21 and took the points lead over Scott Weney, 372 to 343.

"We didn't mean to deep stage, " Smith said. "It was an accident, but we still made good on the tree. The conditions here were a lot like they were in Bristol when we raced there. Racing under this format allowed us to run in conditions that were real favorable for our combination."

In a Ford versus Chevy Sunoco Pro Stock final, Ron Miller followed up his Canadian Nationals win in his Moser Engineering Chevrolet Monte Carlo, defeating Jon Yoak in his Ford Probe. Miller maintains the points lead over Yoak, 314 to 306, crediting a new engine program for his improved performance in 2000.

"We had an up and down weekend, " said the 51 year old Lebanon, Ohio driver. "We blew a clutch in the semi's and I was surprised to win. We weren't great, but we were good enough to win.

"I knew we had to leave early on Jon and staged shallow. I can see better at night and that helped me. In fact, I wish all of the IHRA races were at night. I'd like to thank Greg Moser and the entire team for my success this year."

Second generation driver Mick Snyder won his first IHRA Pro Outlaw race, defeating Mike Becker 6.104/223.28 to 6.183/222.69. The 18 year old Snyder, who skipped his high school graduation to race in Canada earlier this month is the son of 1999 champion Larry Snyder.

"It was great to win with my grandparents here, " Snyder said. "Mr. Spitzer (Dragster Designer Mike Spitzer) was real happy too, but he left soon after the win to be home for Father's Day. He thought the celebration should be a family thing anyway."

The next race on the million dollar Summit Drag Racing Series is the CARQUEST Empire Nationals at New York International Raceway, Leicester, NY, July 14-16.

CORDOVA, Ill. -- Saturday's final results from the 21st annual Amalie Motor Oil Summer Nationals at Cordova Dragway Park. The $1.6-million race is the 4th of 11 events in the IHRA Summit Drag Racing Series:

Top Fuel -- Bruce Litton, 4.752 seconds, 305.98 mph def. Paul Romine, 4.747 seconds, 309.20 mph.

Screamin' Eagle Nitro Harley -- Steve Stordeur, Harley, 6.977, 202.18 def. Johnny Mancuso, Harley, 12.295, 74.28.

Mopar Performance Parts Pro Modified -- Fred Hahn, '54 Corvette, 6.320, 205.60 def. Billy Harper, '00 Dodge Viper, 6.361, 220.66.

ihra.com Funny Car -- Von Smith, Pontiac Firebird, 5.924, 238.93 def. Dale Brand, Pontiac Firebird, 5.989, 234.21.

Sunoco Race Fuels Pro Stock -- Ron Miller, Chevy Monte Carlo, 6.661, 208.46 def. Jon Yoak, Ford Probe, 6.626, 210.73.

Pro Outlaw -- Mick Snyder, 6.104, 223.28 def. Mike Decker, 6.183, 222.69.

Annihilator Top Sportsman -- Bill Newell, '97 Mustang, 7.572 seconds def. Len King, '94 Daytona, 7.352 seconds.

NOS Top Dragster -- Roy Holcomb, Advanced , 7.193 seconds def. Tom Callahan, Spitzer , 7.735 seconds.

Hooker Modified -- Dennis Mitchell, '92 Cavalier, 8.199 seconds def. Michael Lyons, 7.499 seconds.

Holley Team G Super Rod -- Matt Tankersley, '70 GTO, 9.911 seconds def. Chris Malby, 15.417 seconds.

Weiand Hot Rod --Wayne Christopher, '84 Monte Carlo, 10.867 seconds def. Duane Cooper, Chevy, 10.837.

Dominator Quick Rod -- Damon Dabbs, Dragster, 8.913 seconds def. Todd Ewing, Dragster, 8.907 seconds.

Lunati Super Stock -- Anthony Bertozzi, '98 Grand Am, 9.513 def. Fred Bartoli, '00 Firebird, 10.049.

Earl's Stock -- Ricky Clark, '94 Camaro, 11.125 def. Jamie Kilgore, '68 Camaro, 10.708.

CORDOVA, Ill. -- Final round-by-round results from the 21st annual Amalie Motor Oil Summer Nationals at Cordova Dragway Park, the 4th of 11 events in the IHRA Summit Drag Racing Series:

TOP FUEL:

ROUND ONE -- Paul Romine, 4.778, 308.43 def. J.R. Todd, 4.936, 293.09; Louie Allison, 4.993, 297.42 def. Jim Head, 5.155, 271.84; Jim Bailey, 4.862, 294.37 def. Shirley Muldowney, brok;;e; Bruce Litton, 4.840, 296.44 def. Clay Millican, 4.818, 306.53;

SEMIFINALS -- Litton, 4.793, 302.55 def. Allison, 5.653, 173.29; Romine, 4.804, 304.32 def. Bailey, 4.960, 282.48;

FINAL -- Litton, 4.752, 305.98 def. Romine, 4.747, 309.20.

NITRO FUEL HARLEY:

ROUND ONE -- Johnny Mancuso, Honda, 6.615, 193.38 def. Jack Romine, Honda, 7.745, 123.18; Bill Furr, Honda, 6.705, 204.73 def. Ray Price, Honda, 6.959, 198.06; Steve Stordeur, Honda, 7.061, 148.90 def. Jim McClure, Honda, 8.242, 109.49; Jay Turner, Honda, 6.578, 196.33 def. Allen Peterson, Honda, 11.356, 76.50;

SEMIFINALS -- Mancuso, 6.808, 216.00 def. Furr, 7.652, 140.56; Stordeur, 6.825, 202.39 def. Turner, 11.285, 68.72;

FINAL -- Stordeur, 6.977, 202.18 def. Mancuso, 12.295, 74.28.

PRO MODIFIED:

ROUND ONE -- Dale Brinsfield, '67 Camaro, 6.439, 219.97 def. Quain Stott, '63 Corvette, 6.478, 215.93; Troy Critchley, '49 Mercury, 6.308, 225.63 def. Alan Pittman, '41 Willys, 6.331, 217.77; Billy Harper, '00 Dodge Viper, 6.383, 215.75 def. Shannon Jenkins, '00 Viper, 6.429, 220.80; Ronnie Hood, '63 Corvette, 6.413, 218.19 def. Brian Gahm, '63 Corvette, 6.486, 214.83; Ed Hoover, '63 Corvette, 6.472, 206.23 def. Steve Cossis, '53 Corvette, 6.616, 205.10; Carl Spiering, '67 Camaro, 6.409, 218.34 def. Mike Castellana, '57 Bel Air, 6.397, 216.06; Pat Moore, '57 Bel Air, 6.389, 220.84 def. Tommy Gray, '53 Corvette, 6.495, 214.21; Fred Hahn, '54 Corvette, 6.245, 226.58 def. Chuck Nuytten, '63 Corvette, 7.706, 128.63;

QUARTERFINALS -- Spiering, 6.395, 218.23 def. Hoover, 6.365, 220.22; Harper, 6.412, 214.08 def. Critchley, 6.438, 224.36; Hood, 6.374, 220.33 def. Moore, 6.370, 220.91; Hahn, 6.293, 223.43 def. Brinsfield, 6.396, 219.90;

SEMIFINALS -- Hahn, 6.351, 210.93 def. Spiering, foul; Harper, 6.370, 217.00 def. Hood, 6.372, 219.69;

FINAL -- Hahn, 6.320, 205.60 def. Harper, 6.361, 220.66.

ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR:

ROUND ONE -- Dale Brand, Pontiac Firebird, 5.940, 232.23 def. Paul Athey, Corvette, 6.126, 231.08; Rich Krohn, Firebird, 6.122, 230.92 def. Terry Munroe, Firebird, 6.061, 232.43; Von Smith, Firebird, 5.918, 236.01 def. Steve Ruda, Avenger, 6.378, 184.52; Santo Volpe, Ford Crown Vic, 5.999, 235.97 def. Rob Atchison, Firebird, 6.066, 228.96; Jimmy Rector, Dodge Avenger, 5.936, 238.22 def. Andy Kelley, Avenger, 10.337, 80.60; Billy Gibson, Chevy Camaro, 5.949, 238.34 def. Chris Hunt, Corvette, 6.074, 232.59; Scott Weney, Firebird, 5.884, 239.23 def. Jim Lape, Camaro, broke; Wayne Butler, Camaro, 6.088, 236.92 def. Mark Thomas, Avenger, 11.954, 66.98;

QUARTERFINALS -- Brand, 5.952, 233.76 def. Butler, 6.629, 231.36; Volpe, 5.987, 236.51 def. Rector, 5.986, 236.88; Gibson, 6.080, 234.21 def. Krohn, 6.153, 233.72; Smith, 5.956, 239.23 def. Weney, 5.894, 239.65;

SEMIFINALS -- Brand, 5.972, 233.44 def. Volpe, 6.061, 232.95; Smith, 5.850, 238.72 def. Gibson, 6.035, 237.96;

FINAL -- Smith, 5.924, 238.93 def. Brand, 5.989, 234.21.

PRO STOCK:

ROUND ONE -- Jason Collins, Ford Probe, 6.736, 205.82 def. Tim Nabors, Chevy Monte Carlo, 6.769, 205.72; Steve Spiess, Olds Cutlass, 6.696, 207.91 def. Mark Hay, Pont Trans Am, 8.085, 123.50; Jon Yoak, Probe, 6.684, 209.72 def. Floyd Cheek, Probe, 6.899, 206.92; Ron Miller, Monte Carlo, 6.701, 208.07 def. Gene Wilson, Ford
Thunderbird, 6.712, 207.43; John Montecalvo, Monte Carlo, 6.706, 208.88 def. Carl Baker, Thunderbird, 6.780, 203.43; Dwayne Rice, Pont Firebird, 6.725, 207.15 def. Charlie Peppers, Ford Mustang, 6.819, 204.17; Jerry Yeoman, Pontiac Firebird, 6.684, 208.49 def. Robert Killian, Probe, 6.772, 205.63; Tom Lee, Mustang, 6.694,
208.39 def. Chuck Demory, Probe, broke;

QUARTERFINALS -- Miller, 6.689, 208.42 def. Montecalvo, 7.028, 198.26; Lee, 6.697, 208.78 def. Collins, 6.732, 208.49; Yeoman, 6.647, 208.68 def. Spiess, 6.669, 208.91; Yoak, 6.683, 210.28 def. Rice, 6.721, 206.61;

SEMIFINALS -- Miller, 6.764, 207.02 def. Lee, 6.815, 193.24; Yoak, 6.656, 209.88 def. Yeoman, 6.658, 208.88;

FINAL -- Miller, 6.661, 208.46 def. Yoak, 6.626, 210.73.

PRO OUTLAW:

ROUND ONE -- Jim Walter, 6.510, 208.04 def. Ed Lyons, 11.022, 56.00; Laurie Cannister, 6.098, 212.96 def. Gary Leczner, 6.442, 208.26; Mike Decker, 6.288, 219.83 def. Dave Christensen, 6.587, 207.05; Mick Snyder, 6.122, 220.76 def. Jim Lamb, 7.253, 151.09;

SEMIFINALS -- Decker, 18.554, 37.59 def. Walter, broke; Snyder, 6.095, 222.99 def. Cannister, 6.136, 208.46;

FINAL -- Snyder, 6.104, 223.28 def. Decker, 6.183, 222.69.

CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS TOP FIVE

Top Fuel:

1. Paul Romine, 425, 2. Bruce Litton, 397, 3. Clay Millican, 354, 4. Shirley Muldowney, 315, 5. (tie) Jim Bailey, 309, Jim Head, 309.

Nitro Harley:

1. Jay Turner, 414, 2. Johnny Mancuso, 339, 3. Steve Stordeur, 336, 4. Doug Vancil, 238, 5. Bill Furr, 191.

Pro Modified:

1. Fred Hahn, 390, 2. Ed Hoover, 226, 3. Al Billes, 214, 4. Ronnie Hood, 188, 5. Quain Stott, 170.

Funny Car:

1. Von Smith, 372, 2. Scott Weney, 343, 3. Jimmy Rector, 261, 4. Dale Brand, 209, 5. Rob Atchison, 199.

Pro Stock:

1. Ron Miller, 314, 2. Jon Yoak, 306, 3. John Montecalvo, 299, 4. Steve Spiess, 284, 5. Jerry Yeoman, 258.

Pro Outlaw:

1. Laurie Cannister, 365, 2. Mick Snyder, 318, 3. Neal Parker, 284, 4. Mike Decker, 233, 5. Mark McElwee, 200.

Results provided by the FastNews Network,
courtesy of Summit Racing Equipment
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