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IHRA Budds Creek: Janis Clinches
Championship, Event Title, and World Record

By Paula Motolik and Bobby Bennett

BUDDS CREEK, Md. - It was a dream weekend for Mike Janis at the CARQUEST Auto Parts President's Cup Nationals, at Maryland International Raceway. Janis soloed to his fourth victory of the season, with a win over Shannon "The Iceman" Jenkins, who broke while preparing to run in the finals of Pro Modified.

The 45-year-old Janis, from Lancaster, N.Y., also clinched his first Mopar Pro Modified World Championship during the final round of qualifying Saturday, then capped off the weekend with a World Record 6.112 second elapsed time.

"To get the record and clinch the championship in one weekend was a dream. I never would have believed that we could go a 6.11. I had originally thought that we only had a 6.16 second run in our engine," Janis said. "Everything just went great this weekend."

2000 World Champion, Fred Hahn, recorded a new speed World Record with a 231.20 mph run.

The Funny Car elapsed time record was reset by Dale Brand of Sully, Iowa, en route to his third win of the season over John Vouros, of Victor, N.Y. Brand took the win with 5.773 second run at 241.84 mph. In a runner-up effort, Vouros made a 5.847 second 239.19 mph pass.

Brand recorded a 5.722-second time to claim the new World Record.

"We had an incredible weekend. Things have been going well for us and we are real proud of our performance. We have been working on our program all summer and it has come together well for us," Brand said following his win.

Other winners included Brian Gahm, of Lucasville, Ohio, in Sunoco Pro Stock, and Ray Price, of Raleigh, N.C., in the finals of Screamin' Eagle Nitro Harley-Davidson.

Gahm was the talk of the pits, not only defeating newly crowned World Champion, Gene Wilson, but also taking his second win of the year by defeating first-time finalist, Terry Leggett. Gahm ran the fastest lap of his career in the finals, posting a 6.592-second run at 211.10 mph for the win. Leggett scored the runner-up spot with a 6.695 second 207.78 mph run.

Price took his second win this season in Screamin' Eagle Nitro Harley-Davidson, defeating Johnny Mancuso, of Houston, Texas, in the finals. In an all-out battle to the end, Price took the win with a 6.607 second run at 191.40 mph. Mancuso recorded a 6.749-second run at 206.83 mph.

The next race on the IHRA Summit Drag Racing Series is the Mopar Parts World Finals in Shreveport, La., October 12-14.

BUDDS CREEK, Md. -- Sunday's final results from the Tenth annual CARQUEST Auto Parts President's Cup Nationals at Maryland International Raceway. The $1.6 million race is the tenth of 11 events in the IHRA Summit Drag Racing Series:

Mopar Pro Modified -- Mike Janis, Chevy Corvette, 10.045, 89.43 def. Shannon Jenkins, Chevy Camaro, broke.

Screamin' Eagle Nitro Harley -- Ray Price, 6.607, 191.40 def. Johnny Mancuso, 6.749, 206.83.

Funny Car -- Dale Brand, Pontiac Firebird, 5.773, 241.84 def. John Vouros, Firebird, 5.847, 239.19.

Sunoco Race Fuels Pro Stock -- Brian Gahm, Ford Mustang, 6.592, 211.10 def. Terry Leggett, Mustang, 6.695, 207.78.

NOS Top Sportsman -- James Justice, Chevy Corvette, 7.102, 190.70 def. Jeff Solyan, Pontiac Firebird, 7.358, 180.45.

Annihilator Top Dragster -- Kevin Scales, 6.933, 189.26 def. Scott Duggins, foul.

Hooker Modified -- Scotty Stillings, Dragster, 7.629, 130.38 def. Tim Sloan, Oldsmobile Cutlass, 10.976, 83.91.

Dominator Quick Rod -- Christa Schneider, Dragster, 8.909, 161.19 def. Joe Fisher, Dragster, foul.

Holley Team G Super Rod -- Jim Morrison, Opel GT, 9.940, 153.70 def. Scott Lawton, Chevy Roadster, 9.877, 135.16.

Weiand Hot Rod -- Doug Wood, Oldsmobile Cutlass, 10.858, 135.50 def. Johnny Cobb, Chevy Monza, 10.849, 131.37.

Lunati Super Stock -- Anthony Bertozzi, Pontiac Grand Am, 9.560, 121.17 def. Bobby Smith, Chevy Camaro, 10.107, 113.75.

Earl's Stock -- Mike Adams, Chevy Camaro, 10.194, 127.20 def. Rickey Morris, Chevy Malibu, 11.678, 112.44.

Lenco TD Shootout -- Neal Parker, Fiat Coupe, 6.266, 223.69 def. Mike McKenzie, Dragster, 10.872, 54.51.

Lizzard Racing Engines TS Shootout -- Larry Plummer, Chevy Corvette, 6.538, 213.70 def. Mark McHugh, Chevy Bel Air, broke.

BUDDS CREEK, Md. -- Final round-by-round results from the Tenth annual CARQUEST Auto Parts President's Cup Nationals at Maryland International Raceway, the tenth of 11 events in the IHRA Summit Drag Racing Series:

NITRO FUEL HARLEY:

ROUND ONE -- Jack Romine, 6.883, 190.22 def. Steve Stordeur, 6.876, 204.76; Ray Price, 7.062, 156.41 def. Doug Vancil, 7.535, 127.75; Jay Turner, 6.556, 204.08 def. Tony Mattioli, 6.697, 201.10; Johnny Mancuso, 6.576, 214.86 def. Mike Romine, 6.584, 207.88; SEMIFINALS -- Price, 6.488, 207.66 def. J. Romine, 6.882, 200.23; Mancuso, 6.523, 217.63 def. Turner, 7.466, 201.16; FINAL -- Price, 6.607, 191.40 def. Mancuso, 6.749, 206.83.

PRO MODIFIED:

ROUND ONE -- Michael Lockwood, Chevy Corvette, 6.546, 213.74 def. Mitch Stott, Corvette, 9.840, 108.16; Ed Hoover, Corvette, 6.316, 223.91 def. Ronnie Hood, Corvette, 6.329, 222.03; Shannon Jenkins, Chevy Camaro, 6.940, 217.77 def. Mark Hemling, Corvette, 7.797, 212.09; Mike Janis, Corvette, 6.173, 229.90 def. Quain Stott, Corvette, 6.459, 221.60; Fred Hahn, Corvette, 6.169, 231.20 def. Kevin O'Dell, Studebaker, 9.979, 87.82; Chip King, Dodge Avenger, 6.303, 223.54 def. Al Billes, Studebaker, 11.415, 71.94; Alan Pittman, Willys, 6.266, 225.22 def. Steve Cossis, Corvette, 8.245, 116.64; Thomas Patterson, Corvette, 6.260, 209.23 def. Harold Martin, Pontiac Grand Am, 9.194, 121.61; QUARTERFINALS -- Jenkins, 6.260, 224.28 def. Pittman, 6.271, 225.60; Janis, 6.188, 229.63 def. Lockwood, 6.380, 222.77; King, 6.272, 225.03 def. Patterson, 8.137, 117.99; Hoover, 12.419, 83.03 def. Hahn, broke; SEMIFINALS -- Jenkins, 6.363, 223.50 def. Hoover, 6.424, 222.95; Janis, 6.170, 230.29 def. King, 6.293, 224.77; FINAL -- Janis, 10.045, 89.43 def. Jenkins, broke.

ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR:

ROUND ONE -- Fred Tigges, Chevy Camaro, 5.955, 242.84 def. Bobby Baucom, Pontiac Trans Am, 16.122, 45.99; Dale Brand, Pontiac Firebird, 15.898, 76.75 def. Paul Lee, Chevy Corvette, broke; John Vouros, Firebird, 5.875, 237.38 def. Dave Ray, Oldsmobile Cutlass, 8.375, 99.43; Mark Thomas, Dodge Avenger, 5.929, 240.51 def. Bunny Burkett, Avenger, 10.844, 76.67; Ronnie Midyette, Trans Am, 5.996, 231.40 def. Mike Comella, Avenger, 5.974, 236.01; Terry McMillen, Avenger, 5.879, 235.93 def. Laurie Cannister, Camaro, 5.980, 235.93; Bruce Mullins, Ford Mustang, 5.942, 235.19 def. Larry Dobbs, Corvette, 5.953, 233.84; Jimmy Rector, Camaro, 5.861, 239.57 def. Tony Bogolo, Avenger, 6.224, 193.21; QUARTERFINALS -- Brand, 5.809, 240.04 def. Rector, 5.829, 240.21; Mullins, 5.933, 233.20 def. Thomas, 6.017, 239.61; Vouros, 5.854, 238.98 def. McMillen, 6.045, 214.25; Tigges, 5.939, 243.72 def. Midyette, 5.988, 232.91; SEMIFINALS -- Vouros, 5.874, 237.84 def. Mullins, 7.328, 128.14; Brand, 5.722, 242.28 def. Tigges, 11.847, 69.63; FINAL -- Brand, 5.773, 241.84 def. Vouros, 5.847, 239.19.

PRO STOCK:

ROUND ONE -- Brian Gahm, Ford Mustang, 6.677, 208.91 def. Tom Lee, Mustang, 14.768, 55.05; Terry Leggett, Mustang, 6.628, 208.36 def. John Montecalvo, Chevy Cavalier, 11.593, 88.31; John Bartunek, Pontiac Grand Am, 6.616, 209.52 def. Elijah Morton, Ford Probe, 6.641, 210.50; Ron Miller, Chevy Monte Carlo, 6.588, 211.26 def. Steve Williford, Cavalier, 6.604, 210.01; Tony Fox, Mustang, 6.649, 209.46 def. Dwayne Rice, Grand Am, 6.633, 210.34; Doug Kirk, Cavalier, 6.611, 210.83 def. Richard Penland, Grand Am, 6.679, 209.33; Tim Nabors, Cavalier, 6.591, 210.24 def. Chris Holbrook, Mustang, foul; Gene Wilson, Mercury Cougar, 6.555, 213.23 def. Jason Collins, Probe, 6.738, 209.01; QUARTERFINALS -- Kirk, 6.574, 211.53 def. Bartunek, 6.710, 208.39; Leggett, 6.789, 203.83 def. Nabors, 8.290, 116.15; Miller, 6.593, 211.20 def. Fox, 6.683, 210.05; Gahm, 6.604, 210.64 def. Wilson, 6.639, 211.96; SEMIFINALS -- Gahm, 6.605, 210.87 def. Miller, 6.647, 209.85; Leggett, 9.330, 112.60 def. Kirk, foul; FINAL -- Gahm, 6.592, 211.10 def. Leggett, 6.695, 207.78.

BUDDS CREEK, Md. -- Unofficial driver championship points after the tenth annual CARQUEST Auto Parts President's Cup Nationals at Maryland International Raceway, the tenth of 11 events in the IHRA Summit Drag Racing Series:

NITRO HARLEY:

1. Doug Vancil, 1,139 (clinched); 2. Steve Stordeur, 987; 3. Jay Turner, 906; 4. Tony Mattioli, 863; 5. Ray Price, 852; 6. Johnny Mancuso, 831; 7. Mike Romine, 828; 8. Bill Furr, 518; 9. Stan Verheijen, 457; 10. Jack Romine, 433.

PRO MODIFIED:

1. Mike Janis, 1,330 (clinched); 2. Alan Pittman, 954; 3. Quain Stott, 848; 4. Ed Hoover, 830; 5. Fred Hahn, 819; 6. Shannon Jenkins, 773; 7. Ronnie Hood, 675; 8. Mitch Stott, 660; 9. Carl Moyer, 655; 10. Chip King, 558.

FUNNY CAR:

1. Mark Thomas, 1,173; 2. Jimmy Rector, 1,059; 3. John Vouros, 1,000; 4. Dale Brand, 955; 5. Laurie Cannister, 911; 6. Terry McMillen, 639; 7. Larry Dobbs, 545; 8. Fred Tigges, 465; 9. Monty Todd, 461; 10. Ronnie Midyette, 444.

PRO STOCK:

1. Gene Wilson, 1,368 (clinched); 2. Tom Lee, 970; 3. Ron Miller, 900; 4. Brian Gahm, 831; 5. John Montecalvo, 805; 6. Carl Baker, 762; 7. Dwayne Rice, 647; 8. Elijah Morton, 576; 9. Jason Collins, 556; 10. Tim Nabors, 519.

Bobby Bennett
www.competitionplus.com

Paula Motolik
www.ihra.com

 

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