John Konigshofer along with his brothers Joe and Frank ran very strong with the Konigshofer/NitroMoose Pro Stock car during last weekend's IHRA World Finals at Rockingham NC. They re-inforced their claim as Canada's all time quickest and fastest Pro Stock car after a career best 6.311 secs at 218.44 mph.
That run, which qualified them 9th for the very quick PS field, (6.358 secs) was better then their previous all time quick Canadian Pro Stock run of 6.371 secs which came during qualifying at IHRA Milan last spring.
Konigshofer was not however able to advance past round one on Sunday. As some consolation, John did get the best view in the house of a history making run. His opponent, Frank Gugliotta ran an all time quick 6.251 secs in the opposite lane. Whew!
Kenny Lang and the NitroMoose.ca Pro Mod Corvette tuned up very nicely for next weekend's IHRA World Championship showdown at Rockingham with a solid effort during the NHRA Jegs Pro Mod Challenge event at Virginia Motorsports Park.
After aborting his first qualifying effort, Lang's Al Billes tuned machine ran extremely well and placed in the event's "final four" on Sunday.
Kenny qualified 4th for what was drag racing's all time quickest PM field (6.033 secs!!) with a career best run of 5.919 secs at 242.23 mph. He then beat fellow Canadian Raymond Commisso in round one (with a 5.984 secs run) before stopping Tim Tindle's Mustang in round two with a 5.930 secs.
Lang just missed making the final round versus opponent Scott Ray from Ohio. In a semi-final battle of similar '53 Vettes, Kenny had a slight advantage out of the gate, but his 5.941 secs at 240.94 mph was just nipped by Ray's 5.943 secs at 240.54 mph.
Between qualifying and eliminations, the NitroMoose.ca Corvette reeled off five straight 5-secs elapsed times!!!
Overall IHRA Pro Mod points leader Kenny Lang will dive into the waters of NHRA Jegs Pro Mod Challenge racing. The popular Canadian racer has confirmed he will participate at the last two NHRA Jegs Pro Mod Challenge events this season.
For Lang, driver of the supercharged NitroMoose.ca '53 Corvette, next weekend's event at NHRA's Virginia Nationals is of particular importance, as it will be utilized as a serious test session in advance of the IHRA's season ending World Finals, which takes place the following weekend at Rockingham NC (Oct. 17-19th). Lang is in the midst of a terrific IHRA championship points title battle and is trying to hold off the formidable nitrous-injected cars driven by Mike Castellana and Jim Halsey. If successful, the Manitoba-based racer could become the very first Canadian to win a Pro Modified World Championship title.
"We are certainly looking forward to going over and playing with the NHRA Jegs guys," said Lang. "The races at Virginia and Rockingham are in similar locations and conditions. That is the real basis for us doing this. We need stay aggressive -- there is no point holding back on anything right now. We are looking to run in the 5-seconds zone. For sure that will be what it will take to go rounds on Sunday at either of these races."
Lang confirmed that during the Virginia NHRA race the team will run their regular IHRA set-up. "It will be 100% IHRA legal," he affirmed "We don't plan to make any changes as that would defeat our purpose."
Lang and his team will then head west to race at the Jegs Pro Mod Challenge season finale event at Las Vegas (Oct. 30th - Nov. 2nd). It will be the second consecutive year he participated at that event.