OH (August 23-26) -- Team Hoosier was certainly a force at the IHRA
MOPAR Parts World Nationals presented by Ethanol Performs at Norwalk
Raceway Park in Ohio over the weekend, as nine drivers in six
different classes would compete on USA-made Hoosier tires in their
respective class finals to determine an overall winner. A Hoosier-shod
winner in three of the classes was assured as both competitors were on
the purple brand in the final round. Defending world champion, Fred
Hahn met current points leader, Mike Janis, in the Mopar Pro Modified
final, while Mark Thomas and Jimmy Rector would do battle in Funny
Car. The third "all-Hoosier" final would pit Jerry Albert
and Brian Tiffe in the NOS Top Sportsman class. Three other classes
would have a single Hoosier driver in the class finals. Matt Morgan
made it to the finals in Top Stock, while Tony Karnik and Scott
Duggins were in the finals of Annihilator Top Dragster and Dominator
Quick Rod respectively.
MOPAR PRO MODIFIED
In one of the three "all-Hoosier" finals, last year's
world champion, Fred Hahn, in his 2nd national event final in a row,
meeting current points leader, Mike Janis, in the Mopar Pro Modified
final. Janis got the jump at the light with a .424 RT to Hahn's .484
RT. Hahn quickly made up the difference, posting a track record and
low ET of the event of 6.226 seconds and the event top speed of 227.50
mph to take the win in his Summit Racing '01 Chevy Corvette.
Mark Thomas and Jimmy Rector assured Team Hoosier a second class title
when they met in the Funny Car final. Thomas, who is sponsored by
Ethanol Performs which also sponsored the event, got the jump at the
light posting a .426 RT to Rector's .495 RT and used it to take the
win in his '01 Dodge Avenger despite his engine going away at the top
end. Thomas' ET was 5.966 seconds (235.97 mph) to Rector's 5.903 ET
(233.92 mph). Amazingly, 14 of the 16 qualifiers were on the Hoosier
brand for the event. Number one qualifier, Thomas, and his Jim Lape
tuned car posted low ET for the event of 5.84 seconds and captured top
speed for the event of 240.90 mph aboard a pair of Hoosier
34.5/17.0-16 C06 drag tires.
NOS TOP SPORTSMAN
The third "all-purple" final would be fought between
Jerry Albert and Brian Tiffe in the NOS Top Sportsman class.
Both drivers posted nearly identical reaction times as Tiffe posted a
.514 RT to Albert's .517 RT. Albert would post an 7.356 ET on a 7.34
dial for an index of .016 to Tiffe's 7.067 ET on a 7.03 dial for a
.037 index to take the win by less than five feet at the stripe. This
was Albert's second straight class title.
The hope of a Hoosier-shod winner in Top Stock would rest on the
performance of Matt Morgan and his '69 Mustang. Morgan did not disappoint
as he not only posted the faster reaction time (.558 seconds), he also
had the better ET of 10.306 seconds with a speed of 118.60 mph.
Congratulations also go out to two other Team Hoosier drivers
making it to the final round and capturing runner-up honors. Both Tony
Karnik and Scott Duggins were as close to capturing their respective
class crowns as you could get and still not emerge the winner, both
drivers were just one thousandth of a second from taking the win in
the Annihilator Top Dragster and Dominator Quick Rod finals.
Congratulations go out to both drivers on their runner-up finishes.
the smoke had cleared, nine Team Hoosier members made it into six
class finals with four drivers taking home top honors in their
respective classes. Hoosier Racing Tire Corp. would like to thank all
the competitors who elected to trust the Hoosier brand during the 24th
annual Mopar Parts World Nationals.
Hoosier drag racing product
manager, Faron Lubbers, attended the event and commented, "It was
a great weekend for Team Hoosier, nine of our team members in the
final rounds of six different classes with four drivers claiming the
top prize." Lubbers continued, "It was also great to see
Mark Thomas take the win for his sponsor and the event sponsor Ethanol
The next IHRA event is September 7-9, at New England
Dragway in Epping, NH for the 6th Annual Amalie Oil North American