An IHRA Score for “Johnny K”
Canada’s longest running and most prolific Pro Stock racing team found victory lane during last weekend’s IHRA President’s Cub Nationals event held in Maryland…
Racing their newest machine — a Jerry Haas-built 2013 Ford Mustang which they first debuted last season – Brothers Joe, Frank and John ended a very long drought and made their way to the IHRA winner’s circle for the first time since 2002 – a year during which they won twice on the IHRA tour.
Driver John Konigshofer who is from Otterville, Ontario took the Ironman over an elite 8-car field.
He put together three solid runs after qualifying next-to-last on Saturday, eliminating the first, second and third place drivers in points to take the win Saturday evening.
“This is very exciting for us. We were definitely the underdogs coming in here, all of the GMs are running really strong right now and we simply did what we could and came away with the win. We are pretty excited about what we accomplished here today,” Konigshofer said.
After qualifying sixth on the ladder, Konigshofer defeated John DeFlorian, Cary Goforth and Todd Hoerner – the three most dominating cars to date – to take the win. In the final Konigshofer blasted down the track with a 6.296, 223.99 to Hoerner’s shaking 7.113, 146.89.
“We tuned her up pretty good for the final. He and I both cut a good light, but we had a little bit more this time,” Konigshofer said. “Those guys have been running so strong all weekend. It is tough being the lone Ford in the battle with all of these GM guys, so it is quite a feeling with what we have accomplished.”
Konigshofer had laps of 6.322, 6.290 and 6.296 on his way to the Ironman trophy.
Posted with files from Larry Crum & Bruce Biegler