MIRON MAKES MOST OF NO MERCY P275 OPPORTUNITY
After running a best of 3.92 at 189.97 mph in qualifying, James "Jimbo" Miron climbed his way through the No Mercy 11 Pro 275 field from the 21st-place starting slot.
He outlasted 12th-place starter Don Burton in round one, with Miron eventually advancing after a 5.84 performance beat Burton's 6.40 effort.
Round two saw Miron catch a huge break as Mo Hall turned on the red light by just one-thousandth of a second, negating a 3.79 at 194.41 in his nitrous-boosted 2012 Corvette, while Miron made another troubled pass at 8.37 and just 78 mph. Conversely, a late leave by Chris Daniels in the third round with a .281 reaction time wasted his 3.79 at 198.35-mph effort against Miron's 3.94 at 189.87 combination.
Significantly, in that same round, the twin-turbocharged '78 Malibu of Mark Micke exploded in flames just before crossing the finish line, but still advanced him past polesitter Paul Gargus to face Miron in the semis.
Needing time to make repairs, however, Micke and team owner Andy Carter lobbied Duck X officials and all remaining Pro 275 competitors--Ziff Hudson, Brian Anderson and Miron--to postpone the semi-finals to Monday morning when several other lower classes were still scheduled to run.
All agreed, except Miron.
"There's definitely some unhappy people, I know that, but I mean, that's racing. That's just the way it goes. I don't owe nobody nothing and they don't owe me nothing," Miron later explained. "That's just the way I look at it. You know, I spend thousands of dollars to get here just like everybody else does and I want a fair chance to win the money, just like everybody else does."
The first race in the semis finished on the starting line as Anderson left .059 too soon with his twin-turbocharged '91 Mustang to negate a 4.08 pass. Meanwhile, just prior to reaching the eighth-mile stripe, the driveshaft in Hudson's turbocharged '90 Mustang exploded, putting an early end to his No Mercy efforts, too.
That left only a 4.20 at 136.30 solo pass to advance Miron to the final, where he ran unopposed and just broke the beam for the win.
"We had lots of problems all week," he later explained. "We got here last Saturday and first we were having problems with the motor. We ran it for a day, it went to 3.85 and then we had to turn it down and fix it. And then once we got the motor fixed, we had nitrous problems somewhere in the wiring, the fuel was turning on but the nitrous, it wasn't turning on. So we'd been fighting that for two or three days.
"So we didn't even think we had a chance to get past the first round, let alone win the whole thing. If we could have sorted out the issue with the nitrous, it would have been a pretty good top contender, I think. We had Kenny Hubbard helping us but just didn't get it figured out and still squeaked our way through," Miron admitted.
"I mean, we definitely won it off luck, but we 'll take it any way we can get it, I guess."
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