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Mon, 25 Sep 2000, 08:44 AM

Booz, Payne Ease into Winner's Circle
Courtesy of NHRA Marketing

DINWIDDIE, Va. -- In the final rounds from Virginia Motorsports Park, Jay Payne increased his points lead over Mark Billington for the Southeast Division Federal-Mogul Funny Car championship. And Jeanie Booz won her second event in two weeks to break the points tie in the Northeast Division's Federal-Mogul Dragster championship chase.

Payne, of Upland, Calif., came into the event with a 100-point lead over Apopka, Fla.'s, Billington. The pair met in the final round and Payne outran Billington with a 5.854-second, 244.12 mph pass. This is Payne's third win of the season.

"Boy, it took some time to get that first win," said Payne, who only started driving a funny car last year after 13 years in a Federal-Mogul Dragster. "Now I'm feeling a little more comfortable but I've still go a lot to learn with in this class."

Booz, who may well have wrapped up her first division title (Rich McPhillips, Phoenixville, Pa., can claim points from one more race, but would have to win it in order to achieve a tie), beat McPhillips in the semi-finals and went on to defeat Tim Slagle, Fairfax, Va. Booz made a run of 5.697 seconds at 247.97 mph to take the win.

Winners in other classes were David Rampy, Piedmont, Ala., in Comp; Joe LoCicero, Lithonia, Ga., in Super Stock; Mark Dickerson, Baltimore, Md., is Stock; Tom Dauber, Clarksburg, N.J., in Super Comp; Dan Northrop, Doylestown, Pa., in Super Gas; and Gary Johnson, Sarasota, Fla., in Super Street.

The following are the final results from the NHRA Federal-Mogul Drag Racing Series event at Virginia Motorsports Park:


Round 1
1) Rich McPhillips, Phoenixville, Pa., 5.820 seconds, 229.08 mph def. 
8) Bill Leverich, Marysville, Mich., 18.462, 36.16

2) Tim Slagle, Fairfax, Va., 5.964, 240.47 def. 
7) Artie Allen, Jacksonville, Fla., no show

6) Don Fiorelli, Palm Bay, Fla., 6.000, 229.39 def. 
3) Steve Cantrell, Wilmington, Del., 6.039, 232.55

4) Jeanie Booz, Blooming Glen, Pa., 5.774, 247.88 def. 
5) Mike Kosky, Cuddy, Pa., no show

Booz, 5.686, 247.07 def. McPhillips, 5.837, 231.40 
Slagle, 5.837, 242.41 def. Fiorelli, 6.156, 203.80

Final Round
Booz, 5.697, 247.97 def. Slagle, 5.867, 241.97


Round 1
1) Jay Payne, Upland, Calif., '00 Camaro, 5.867 seconds, 236.71 mph def. 
8) bye

2) Mark Billington, Apopka, Fla., '95 Achieva, 6.245, 214.96 def. 
7) Philip Hooper, Chesterfield, Va., '97 Camaro, 7.106, 202.97 

3) Craig English, Mt. Holly, N.J., '93 Firebird, 6.063, 236.67 def. 
6) Bunny Burkett, Sterling, Va., '99 Avenger, 7.154, 131.27

5) William Fulford, Virginia Bch., Va., '00 Corvette, 7.045, 220.33 def. 
4) Melinda Green-King, Norfolk, Va., '99 Avenger, no show

Payne, 5.992, 242.06 def. Fulford, 6.323, 218.90
Billington, 6.213, 224.70 def. English, no show

Final Round
Payne, 5.854, 244.12 def. Billington, 6.165, 225.97

David Rampy, Piedmont, Ala., '97 roadster, A/EA, 7.643, 146.89 def. 
Frank Aragona, Franklin Square, N.Y., '98 dragster, G/ED, 9.206, 101.39

Joe LoCicero, Lithonia, Ga., '87 Camaro, GT/CA, 14.228, 61.48 def. 
Norm Hall, Waldorf, Md., '00 Firebird, GT/FA, 10.385, 127.92

Mark Dickerson, Baltimore, Md., '70 Duster, F/SA, 11.434, 115.43 def. 
Whip Wilson, Mechanicsville, Va., '67 Camaro, E/S, 11.723, 105.31

Tom Dauber, Clarksburg, N.J., '97 dragster, 8.926, 163.63 def. 
Steve Cohen, Trilby, Fla., '00 dragster, 8.921, 158.37

Dan Northrop, Doylestown, Pa., '75 Vega, 9.908, 133.03 def. 
Jeff Szilagyi, Bethlehem, Pa., '27 roadster, 9.883, 145.11 

Gary Johnson, Sarasota, Fla., '68 Camaro, 10.883, 121.04 def. 
Robbie Welch, Mechanicsville, Md., '66 Fairlane, 10.883, 125.95

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