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Spotted in Rockingham Saturday morning: Tommy Johnson Jr. trying Paul Romine’s Top Fuel car on for size. Could this be the start of a two-car team for Indianapolis-based Romine?

Actually, Johnson was sitting in the car to film a segment for an upcoming IHRA broadcast on The Nashville Network. Johnson, who lost his NHRA Funny Car ride at the end of last season when the team folded, is filling his time as a commentator for TNN until a new job materializes.



Shannon Jenkins, known as “The Iceman,” for his cool demeanor under pressure, showed up in Rockingham with his Dodge Viper and trailer beautifully prepped by Greg Ozubko in his image, but the performance on the track just wasn’t there this time. As in Darlington, the third round of qualifying at Rockingham was washed out, leaving Mitch Stott on the bump spot with a 6.461-seconds lap. Jenkins mustered a best of only 6.607 at 219.29 mph in his two attempts, good enough for 28th-place in the 39 Pro Mod entries on the grounds.


A high-ranking IHRA official almost eliminated one of the sanctioning body’s biggest Pro Mod stars before the hapless racer turned a wheel on the Rockingham strip.

Quain Stott and his Inman, S.C.-based team showed up Thursday afternoon to prepare their pit space, and when the official passed by on his rounds, he playfully squirted the early arrivals with a high-powered water gun. Stott says he prepared himself for the official’s return by filling a few water balloons. In the ensuing battle, Stott took a direct water blast to his left eye and although it hurt at the time, he said he never gave it much thought.

After waking up Friday morning with blood all over his cheek and pillow, however, he said he hightailed it down to the track paramedics.

Fortunately, Stott's vision was unaffected and he said it hurt, “only when I poke my finger in there.” Despite the close call, Stott said he bears no ill feelings for his assailant. “I don’t think he even knows it happened.”


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