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June 29, 2004 St.Louis: Gateway International Raceway. Final Pro Mod Eliminations
Danny Rowe follows up his r/u at Englishtown with a win at St.Louis.
Danny Rowe, cannon fodder in the first four events of the year in the AMS Pro Mod Series is now looking like one of the favorites, as he reaces his second final in a row, culminating with a win this past weekend at Gateway International Raceway. On a day when it was hard to celebrate with the death of Top Fuel favorite Darrell Russell, The team had to keep their cool and continue through eliminations knowing that there was a serious crash just earlier. Danny weent into eliminations with a very consistant car for the first time all season and used that advantage to run no worse than 6.22 and have no worse light than a .086 to defeat East Coast hitter Von Smith in a Ford vs Chevy Final. The win by Danny combined with the r/u a week earleir at Englishtown vaulted him into the top 6 in the standings, when only two races earlier he was not even on the radar screen.
1) Al Billes 1,418 (3 Wins)
June 20, 2004 Englishtown New Jersey. Final Pro Mod eliminations
Pointas after 5 events
1) Al Billes 1,418 (3 Wins)
Here is how points are earned in the AMS Pro Mod series
May 25, 2004
AMS Pro Mods at Chicago
Race four in the ten race AMS Pro Mod series wrapped up on Sunday, and the first Nitrous winner of the year was crowned. Mike Castellana in one of two "Awesome Motorsports" Camaros ran like there was complete parity between the Nitrous and Blown cars. He qualified in the top half and had the second and third quickest ET's of elimination's. Mike in the Western Beef Camaro, qualified #3 with a 6.22 and team mate Shannon Jenkins was #7 with a 6.27 to be the only Nitrous cars to qualify. The only other nitrous car entered, was driven by West Coast standout Dennis Radford, and he ended up #14 of 22. Danny Rowe and Wayner Wayne, two other West Coast regulars also failed to qualify at Chicago.
1. Fred Hahn 6.191 229.35
2 Mike Ashley 6.208 226.54
To get the win, Castellana had to take out Canadian and two time 2004 winner Al Billes in round one and Houston event Mike Ashley in the semi finals before defeating #1 qualifier Fred Hahn. Hahn got around Von Smith in round one and Zach Barklage in the semi finals. In the final Castellana cut a great .017 light and went 6.22 to Hahn's .042 light and 6.28 for an almost tenth of a second margin of victory.
Here are the point standings following race #4 (Chicago May 23, 2004).
1) Al Billes 1,013 (2 Wins)
May 17, 2004 The Lucas Oil Canada West Doorslammer race #1 results
A CWDoorslammer Photo Gallery is here
May 16, 2004 Joe Mellof capped off a great day for the Maple Ridge racing family and a start to a defense of the title he won in 2003, as he defeated Rob Charlton in the final round. The 14 car field was lead by TCS Driver Bob Marshall in his 555 inch Ron Parr built BB Chevy. Duane Grosart, the expected #1 qualifier in his six second Blown 55 Chevy Pro Mod, got only one of four qualifying attempt in, and it was the last session on Sunday, so the team just made an easy lap to assure they would be in the field.
In Elimination's, the qualifying ladder is set up so the guys closest in qualifying race each other in the first round making for very close side by side runs. Mellof defeated Marshall by 2/1000ths as both cars broke out, and Mellof was closer to his dial by that slim Margin. Grosart dialed a six in his first round race against Ray Kirton, but only got a 7.12 for his second lap of the season with the new engine combo. Kirton's 7.69 was more than enough. Terry Spargo could not handle Mike Bedsworth's .028 light despite his best et's with the nitrous Camaro. Bedsworth had his best effort in Doorslammer, and it was with an all new car for the Marysville based driver. Rob Charlton defeated engine builder Brian Kikel in Steve Buerger's 63 Corvette, as both drivers were off on their usual good lights. Hall of Famer Frank Nelson went in deep and got the red light against the newly painted 62 Belair driven by Dave Warren. Unfortunately for Warren he hurt his new big inch powerplant and did not return for round two. John Collette was easy pickings for rookie Ron Beauchoin when he and crew chief Paul forgot to activate the nitrous bottle, and in the final pairing of round one, Steve Ellis won the race but lost the war against Grant Howell as he got the win but hurt the motor and failing to make round two. The second round saw only one pairing due to the 1st round carnage, and in the lone side by side, Mike Bedsworth defeated Ray Kirton in the blown pickup with a great .017 light and 7.82 to 7.67 for Kirton. Mellof got the odd car bye run and Charlton and Beaudoin both got singles due to breakage. In the semis, Mellof had a great .019 light and defeated Bedsworth who had a game .025 light, but could not run his 7.78 number. Rob Charlton got to be the other finalist as he defeated Beaudoin after both has rt's within .004 of each other. The final round had 2003 #1 and #3 face each other, when friendly rival Joe Mellof and Rob Charlton in opposite ends of the Chevy spectrum faced each other. Charlton in the newer 2000 S-10 faced the 63 Corvette driven by Joe Mellof. Mellof got the huge hole-shot .009 - .061 and scrubbed 10 mph off at the finish line to take a 7.59 to 7.89 win light. A good start to defending his 2003 championship.
The "Lucas Oil" CWDS association would like to thank RJ Enterprises for bringing you this weekend's event. They would also like to thank all the other series sponsors including Lucas Oil, "Up in Flames" Clothing Company, Charlton Automotive, Pro Stock Performance, TCS Performance Products, Jet Tools and Equipment, Aurora Electronics, Davenport Custom Race Cars, B&B Tireland and the two latest and newest sponsors Ray Kirton Trucking and Mopac Performance.
A CWDoorslammer Photo Gallery is here.
Here is Final Qualifying for Race #1:
Cool new ditigal reader board from RacePak is in Duane Grosart's 55 Chevy.
The "Lucas Oil" Canada West Doorslammer series race #1 presented by
Race one for the CWDS series started Saturday with qualfiying at Mission Raceway Park. 16 cars are trying for the 8.70 min. bump. Unfortunately for the Super Save Gas sponsored Layne Wooley, he won't play on Sunday as he broke Saturday ending his weekend. The #1 qualifier so far is Bob Marshall driving his Pro Stock style Cutlass. He ran 7.41 @ 185. The expected #1 qualifier Duane Grosart, has yet to make a lap in his blown 55 Chevy. #2 in the field is Joe Mellof. One more session of quaolifying goes Sunday Morning before eliminations at noon.
May 1, 2004
The IHRA announces new Over Drive rules effective immediately. The rule drops the OD limit to 20.0%. Let's start the debate boys.
May 3, 2004 Bristol Thunder Valley Nationals Pro Mod Coverage
(W) Al Billes (SMP *'53 Corvette) 0.057 6.218 226.24
(W) Mitch Stott (Radiac Abrasives *'63 Camaro) 0.062 6.224 226.77
(W) Al Billes (SMP *'53 Corvette) 0.074 6.243 226.24
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