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EIGHT HOOSIER-SHOD DRIVERS
IN IHRA FINALS AT MILAN DRAGWAY

7-21-04

Rob Atchison and Mark Thomas (near lane) square off in the all-Hoosier Funny Car Final. (Photo courtesy of www.competitionplus.com)MILAN, MI (July 16-18) -- Team Hoosier completed another successful weekend of racing in the IHRA Series with eight drivers battling their way to their respective class finals at Michigan's Milan Dragway in the 2nd annual Motor City Nationals. In Pro Modified, Al Billes carried the Hoosier banner into the final clash, while in Funny Car it was an all-Hoosier final (photo) with Rob Atchison in the Erickson Firebird meeting Mark Thomas in the Ethanol Performs Avenger. In Top Sportsman, Jackie Slone was a finalist and in Top Dragster Nick Folk was in the finals. Dennis Kline was a finalist in Quick Rod as was Brian Folk in Super Rod. In Top Stock, Matt Morgan also rode his way to the finals on Hoosier tires. When the final race was over five drivers claimed wins with three drivers taking home runner-up honors.

PRO MODIFIED

Al Billes in his spectaular looking Pro Modified car on his way to winning the event at Milan. (Photo courtesy of www.competitionplus.com).Al Billes, using Hoosier's new 34.5/17.0-16 C2050 drag tire, was looking to take over the points lead in the Pro Modified class if he was able to defeat his opponent in the finals. Billes did just that with a .061 RT and a 6.460 ET (225.11 mph) run while his opponent was only able to clock a speed of 164.91 mph after experiencing severe tire shake. Billes took the "Iron Man" trophy in the supercharged Quaker State '53 Corvette as Hoosier Drag Racing Product Manager Steve Hudspeth looked on. 

FUNNY CAR
Surprisingly, it was the only Hoosier vs. Hoosier final of the event with Rob Atchison in the Erickson Firebird meeting Mark Thomas in the Ethanol Performs Avenger in the Funny Car finals (top photo). The two drivers were the top qualifiers for the event both using Hoosier's 34.5/17.01-6 C2000 drag tires. Atchison, last year's Funny Car Champion, got off the line first with a .054 RT to Thomas' .071 RT. Atchison backed up the light with a 5.950 ET to Thomas' 5.957 ET en route to capturing the win. It was Atchison's first win of the year. Despite the win, Atchison still trails Thomas in the Funny Car points chase and despite the runner-up finish, Mark Thomas actually set the track speed record of 241.32 mph in the final race. 

TOP SPORTSMAN
In Top Sportsman, Michigan driver Jackie Slone was lightning fast off the line with a near perfect .002 RT. Slone, driving a Corvette, backed up the light with a 7.052 ET (7.03 dial) for an overall package of .022 to claim the win. Slone crossed the finish line ahead of his opponent by an estimated nine feet using Hoosier's 34.5/17.0-16 C2000 drag tires. At the beginning of the event, there were 59 competitors in the Top Sportsman class eventually won by Jackie Slone on Hoosier tires. 

TOP DRAGSTER
There were 55 cars when competition began in the Top Alcohol Dragster class. Nick Folk, the current Top Dragster World Champion, captured the win using Hoosier's 33.5/17.0-16 C06 drag tires. Folk was the beneficiary when his opponent broke out in the finals handing him the win.

QUICK ROD
Dennis Kline took home runner-up honors in Quick Rod. The event drew a huge 73-car field for the Quick Rod class.

SUPER ROD
Brian Folk captured the Super Rod win with a .035 RT and a 9.890 ET (9.90 index) in a double breakout final. Coupled with the Top Dragster win by Nick Folk, the Folk family took home two "Iron Men" from Milan.

TOP STOCK
Matt Morgan took home runner-up honors in Top Stock giving Team Hoosier claim to five wins and three runner-up finishes during the weekend of competition at Milan Dragway. 

Hoosier Drag Racing Product Manager Steve Hudspeth attended the Motor City Nationals and commented, "With the overall number of cars participating in the event, we were very pleased with the five victories and three runner-up finishes. We look to build on the success we (Team Hoosier) enjoyed as we head toward the Canadian Nationals coming up at the end of the month."

The 3rd annual ACDelco Canadian Nationals is the next event on the 2004 IHRA Series 12-event schedule. Competition will begin on Friday, July 30th, and conclude on August 1st.  

      

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