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HOOSIER NOTCHES SIX WINS
NORTH OF THE BORDER IN IHRA

6-13-2001

Mopar Pro Modified Winner Alan PittmanGRAND BEND, ONTARIO (June 1-3) -- Hoosier drag tires have been busy on drag strips across the country, make that across the continent, no, make that throughout the world! The latest stop on the IHRA circuit saw racers make the trip north for the 2nd Annual Mopar Performance Parts Canadian Nationals at Grand Bend Motorplex. Hoosier-shod teams made it to an astonishing seven class finals, and took home the top prize in six of those classes.

Alan Pittman in Pro Modified (photo), Dale Brand and John Vourus in Funny Car, Scotty Stillings in Modified Eliminator, Mark Horton in Quick Rod, John Furr in Hot Rod, Bob Marshall in Stock Eliminator and Joe Cicalo in Box ET, all made it to the finals aboard Hoosier tires, despite cold and sometimes rainy conditions.

PRO MODIFIED
Alan Pittman qualified number one in the Pro Modified class in the Wesbrook Motorsports '41 Willys. Pittman conquered the competition using Hoosier's 34.5/17.0-16 C06 drag tires. In the final round, Pittman saved his best run for last, using a .418 RT to his competition's .424 RT, Pittman got the jump at the light. He then proceeded to run an ET of 6.244 seconds, besting the runner-up's 6.385 ET. Pittman's victory speed was 222.11 mph in the final, and was his 2nd National event win of the year.

Also of note in the Pro Modified class, Both the Low ET and Top Speed in the division were set by another Hoosier mounted car. Mike Janis set both Low ET (6.169 seconds) and Top Speed (227.44 mph) using the same size tire as the class winner, Alan Pittman, the Hoosier 34.5/17.0-16.

FUNNY CAR
In Funny Car action, it was an "All-Hoosier" final as the number three and four qualifiers made it into the final contest. Dale Brand in a 2001 Firebird met John Vouros in a 2000 Firebird in the final round. Brand got a huge jump at the light clocking an RT of .441 to Vouros' .558 RT. That was all he needed to capture the victory. Brand's ET was 5.880 (234.61 mph) to Vouros' 5.853 (236.96 mph). While Vouros' ET of 5.853 seconds was Low ET of the event, he couldn't overcome the advantage Brand garnered at the starting line. Both drivers were competing on Hoosier 34.5/17.0-16 C06 tires.

QUICK ROD 
Mark Horton used a .412 RT versus his competition's .427 RT to get the jump at the starting line in Quick Rod. Horton had an ET of 9.086 for a .186 index to his competition's 9.100 ET and a .200 index. Margin of victory at the win light was about seven feet. Horton was using a pair of Hoosier 33.0/16.5-15 C07 drag tires.  

HOT ROD  
Former World Champion, John Furr in his '72 Nova, using a set of Hoosier 32.0/14.0-15 D05 drag tires fought his way to emerge the class champion in the Hot Rod class. The Oakboro, North Carolina driver posted a better index to take the class win. Furr had an ET of 10.863 (-.037) to his runner-up's 10.820 (-.080) on the 10.90 index for the win.

STOCK ELIMINATOR  
After qualifying last (38th) in the class, Columbus, Ohio's Bob Marshall in his '73 Dart battled his way through the elimination rounds to claim the victory aboard a set of Hoosier 30/9.0-15 Radial C07's drag tires. Marshall used .537 RT and turned an ET of 11.725 on a 11.73 index (-.005) to take the win in Stock Eliminator.

BOX ET  
Joe Cicalo, after qualifying second, defeated the number one qualifier in the final round to take the win in the Box ET class. The Warren, Michigan driver's competition in the final red lighted, giving Cicalo the uncontested victory.

Other Top Hoosier Finishers: Also making it to the final round was Scotty Stillings. Stilling's using a pair of Hoosier 14.5/32.0-15L C07 drag tires, took the runner-up spot in the Modified Eliminator class.

The IHRA series travels back across the border for it's next event at Cordova Dragway Park in Cordova, Illinois for the 22nd Annual Amalie Oil Summer Nationals, June 14-16. 

    

      

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