NORWALK, Ohio -- Moser Engineering has announced the return of their popular "Axle Mania" Shootout to IHRA in 2001. All IHRA Sportsman racers meeting eligibility requirements will have the opportunity to qualify for the $46,000 purse, including a top prize of $20,000.
"Once again, Greg Moser has stepped up to provide IHRA racers with an opportunity to take his money," quipped IHRA Vice President Sales/Marketing Aaron Polburn. "Greg told me the program will go on forever, or until he tells us to stop.
"Seriously, sportsman racers grew Moser Engineering and Greg created this program to show his appreciation,” added Polburn.
"On behalf of Moser Engineering, I'm extremely pleased that our program has been so well received by IHRA racers,” said Moser. “We’re happy to continue this program indefinitely."
To be eligible, racers must run a set of Moser axles and the proper Moser Engineering decals. The Moser "Axle Mania" decals will be available in mid-February at all IHRA National and Holley Sportsman Championship races.
The top four eligible racers in each of IHRA’s eight sportsman classes will comprise the 32 car field and points will be accumulated throughout the 2001 season in the same manner as IHRA Summit Drag Racing Championship points.
The Moser "Axle Mania" will be run with a full tree on a 1/8 mile track. 1st round pairings will be drawn from within each individual category. The first two rounds will generate a winner in each of the eight sportsman classes. For the 3rd round, the final eight competitors will be placed on a sportsman ladder for the remainder of the competition. If a racer changes classes before the 2002 event, he or she may enter the new car in the Moser "Axle Mania" as long as it competes in an IHRA sportsman class.
The "Axle Mania" champ will receive $20,000, the runner-up $5,000. Racers getting to the semis receive $1500, quarters, $1000, eighths, $750 and sixteenths, $500.
The inaugural Moser "Axle Mania" for 2000 will be contested at the season-opening Holley Spring Nationals at Rockingham and feature the following drivers.
Top Sportsman Points Marco Abruzzi 886 Bill Newell 867 Elijah Morton 759 Jeff Solyan 722 Top Dragster Points Slate Cummings 977 Scotty Batyik 954 Tom Callahan 798 Tim Butler 780 Modified Michael Lyons 911 Tony Stephenson 822 Doc Bilbrey 809 Tony Ward 786 Quick Rod Rusty Cook 854 David Hill 844 Bennie Ulmer Jr. 804 Chuck Harris 729 Super Rod Rodney Benson 767 Mark Horton 692 Steve Furr 674 Todd Corner 662 Hot Rod Billy Smith 797 Billy Italio 744 Danny Waters Jr. 717 John Furr 706 Super Stock Bob Harris 786 Jeremy Mudd 737 TC Morris 601 Donna Morris 595 Stock Myron Piatek 774 Paul Crowe 757 Paul Marcum 738 Mark Beaver 707
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