Tommy Gray, Jr. (above), in the Tommy Lipar
Racing '04 Mustang won easily over Zach Barklage's
'04 Grand Am, and Danny Rowe, teammate to Ashley,
in the '63 InfiNet Insurance Corvette took
a runaway win over No. 1 qualifier Fred Hahn,
in the Jim Oddy-owned, Summit Racing-backed
Two good races highlighted the semifinals
with Tommy Gray, Jr. and Danny Rowe turning
on win lights. Gray (6.266/229.04) defeated
Ashley (6.276/224.62); while, Rowe (6.246/228.34)
bested Kuhns (above) (6.279/228.42). Rowe earned
lane choice for the final round.
The final round was another exciting round!
Rowe was out first and never gave up the lead.
It was a 6.230-second pass at 229.16 mph for
Rowe and 6.300 seconds at 226.47 mph for Gray.
For Rowe it was his third final round of 2004
and second win. Since 2001, when the NHRA AMS
Staff Leasing Pro Mod Challenge became an NHRA
exhibition class, he has been in five final
rounds and won three.
"We've really been working hard to get
our stuff together," said Rowe. It's
been great. All the guys on the crew have been
working hard and have done a phenomenal job.
This is a real good win for us.
"We're real close on points and this
win will help us going in the final race in
Vegas. The 16-car field there will be a real
challenge but with 500 points on the line it
will make it real exciting."
Fred Hahn ran low elapsed time (6.207 seconds)
and top speed (231.28 mph) of the event, as
well as qualifying No. 1.
The final race of the 10-race series will
be Oct. 28-31 during the ACDelco Las Vegas
Nationals and the 2004 champion will be crowned
at that time.