NC (April 23-25) -- Eight Hoosier-shod drivers battled their way into
their respective class finals at the 34th annual IHRA Spring Nationals
presented by Advance Auto Parts & Castrol at Rockingham Dragway
with five of them coming away winners. In Pro Modified, Mike Janis
(photo) made it to the finals, while Mark Thomas and Chris Foster met
in the Funny Car finals. Jim Harrington fought his way into the Super
Stock final as did Chip Johnson in the Stock class. In the other
Hoosier vs. Hoosier final, Chuck Harris and Brandon Jolley met in the
Quick Rod class. In Super Rod, former World Champion Glenn Ferguson
carried the Team Hoosier banner into the finals. The event was the
second of twelve events scheduled this season in the IHRA Series.
In Pro Modified, Fred Hahn driving Jim Oddy's Hoosier-shod, Summit
sponsored Corvette was the event's #1 qualifier, but it was #3
qualifier Mike Janis, driving the Eaton Automotive '63 Corvette,
carrying Team Hoosier's hopes of a class win into the final round.
Janis, from Lancaster, NY, did not disappoint using a .056 RT and a
6.274 ET (227.69 mph) to take home the "Iron Man".
The Hoosier brand was the choice of the top three
qualifiers (Hahn/6.144, Rick Distefano/6.199 and Janis/6.200) and had
low ET in each round of eliminations.
You could chalk up another Team Hoosier victory in Funny Car when Mark
Thomas and Chris Foster met in the final race. Thomas, driving the
Ethanol Performs Avenger got off the line first with a .047 ET to
Foster's .067 ET. Thomas then took the win with a 6.043 ET (233.52
mph). It was the first time in his illustrious career that Thomas had
started the season with back-to-back wins. Rod Jacksonheimer is the
crew chief for the Ethanol Performs Avenger that Thomas pilots, while
Jimmy Rector tunes the car.
Jim Harrington, using Hoosier's 14.0/32.0L-15 C07 lightweight drag
tire, captured the win in Super Stock. Harrington used a .027 RT
coupled with a 9.807 ET (9.78 dial) for a .027 package to take the
win. Harrrington took the win by an estimated five inches at the line.
Chip Johnson settled for runner-up honors in Stock after posting a
.084 RT/10.546 ET on a 10.59 dial in a double break-out final.
Another Team Hoosier win in Quick Rod was a never in question with the
last five cars in eliminations riding atop the Hoosier brand. Chuck
Harris, Jr. met Brandon Jolley in the final round in what was
projected to be a close one. The two got off the line lighting fast
with Jolley getting the slight edge with a .001 RT to Harris' .006 RT.
Harris made up the deficit as both drivers posted ET's under the 8.90
index in a double break-out final. Harris took the win with a 8.888 ET
(-0.012) versus Jolley's 8.886 ET (-0.014).
In Super Rod, former Hot Rod World Champion Glenn Ferguson looked to
add to his total of nine National event wins driving a 1970 Maverick.
The Hoosier-shod Ferguson captured his tenth National event win with a
.016 RT/9.905ET (.005) on the 9.90 index.
Hoosier Drag Racing Product Manager Faron Lubbers
attended the event and reported the details used in this report.
The IHRA Series will take a month off before returning
to action May 28-30, at Richmond, VA for the 4th annual ACDelco