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JIMMY RECTOR STILL PERFECT AS
TEAM-HOOSIER NOTCHES BEST WEEKEND
OF THE SEASON AT IHRA EVENT IN ILLINOIS 

5-21-2002

Jimmy RectorCORDOVA, IL (May 17-19) -- Eleven drivers using Hoosier tires made it to the class finals in seven different classes at the IHRA 6th annual Amalie Oil Nationals in Cordova, Illinois. This was the most Hoosier-shod drivers in an IHRA National event final round so far this season. The six class wins by Team-Hoosier  was also a season best. Drivers making it to their respective class finals were: Jimmy Rector and Dale Brand, Funny Car; Mike Janis and Al Billes, Pro Modified; Monte Weaver and Bob Mandell, NOS Top Sportsman; Bob Mandell, Top Dragster; Jay Roeder, Stock; Jok Nicholson and Jerry Mosher, Quick Rod; and Donald Barks, Jr., Hot Rod.

FUNNY CAR
Undefeated Jimmy Rector and #1 qualifier met Dale Brand in the Funny Car final as both drivers used Hoosier's 34.5/17.0-16 drag tires. Brand set low ET of the event in the semi's with 5.78 second run (241.54 mph). In the final, Brand got the jump at the light with a .432 RT to Rector's .486 RT. But Rector motored past Brand at the half-way point en route to the win. Rector's ET was 5.827 seconds (241.24 mph) to Brand's 5.906 ET (237.09 mph). This win makes Rector 3-for-3 to start the 2002 season. Team-Hoosier was in full force in the Funny Car class with 13 of the 16 qualifiers using the Hoosier brand.

PRO MODIFIED
With half of the 16 Pro Modified qualifiers on Hoosier tires, chances were good a Hoosier-shod car would make it to the class finals. When the field had been pared down to four, all four that remained were on Hoosier tires. Mike Janis and Al Billes were the two Team-Hoosier drivers in the Pro Modified final. Billes got the slight edge at the light with a .477 RT to Janis' .480 RT. But Janis, the 2001 World Champion, quickly overcame the difference with a 6.208 ET (227.31 mph) to Billes' 6.425 ET (214.35 mph) to take the win in one of four "all-Hoosier" finals during the weekend event. Consolation for Billes--he is currently the national points leader in the Pro Modified class for the 2002 season.    

NOS TOP SPORTSMAN
In yet another "all-Hoosier" final, Monte Weaver met Bob Mandell in the NOS Top Sportsman final. Mandell had the better light but lost at the line after breaking out by a mere -.001 seconds giving Weaver the win. Both finalists were riding aboard a pair of Hoosier 34.5/17.0-16 C2000 drag tires.

ANNIHILATOR TOP DRAGSTER
Bob Mandell also made it to the class finals in Annihilator Top Dragster. This time, he came away with the victory as his opponent broke and was unable to make the final. Mandell used a pair of 34.5/17.0-16 drag tires en route to the class win.

STOCK 
Jay Roeder took the class win in Stock after his opponent broke out. Roeder used Hoosier's 30.0/9.0-15R C07 radial drag tire. 

QUICK ROD
In another Hoosier vs. Hoosier clash, Jok Nicholson met Jerry Mosher in the Quick Rod final. Both drivers were quick at the light with Nicholson posting a perfect .400 RT. Mosher however red lighted with a .399 RT handing the win to Nicholson. Nicholson used a pair of Hoosier's 33.0/16.5-15S C07 drag tires.

RUNNER-UP FINISHES
Donald Barks, Jr. took runner-up honors in Hot Rod after he broke out in the class finals. 

Congratulations to all the teams, drivers and fans who were instrumental in Team-Hoosier's best weekend performance to date in the 2002 IHRA season. 

      

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