Showdown in the Swamp at Jupiter, Fla.

Pro Mod winner John Benoit

Showdown in the Swamp at Jupiter, Fla.

But where’s the Swamp Thing?

The Showdown in the Swamp was held May 2-3 at Palm Beach International Raceway. The weather on this weekend was beautiful for drag racing. Temperatures ranged from low in the 70's and highs in the 80's, with little to no humidity. During the weekend's race several teams had mechanical failures sending them to the haulers quicker then expected. Only one foul took place in any of the classes during the final round, yielding head to head action for the wins.

Pro Mod

In Pro Mod qualifying it was Rubin Tetsoshvili of Wesley Chapel, Fla., taking the No. 1 position with a pass of 3.986, 196.53 mph. In Round 1 of eliminations Tetsoshvili got a bye run advancing him onto the semi finals where he faced Todd Abrams of West Palm Beach, Fla. Tesoshvili again got the win light moving him into a final.

John Benoit from Montpelier, Vt., faced off against Port St. Lucie, Fla., native, Mike Iania during the semi finals. Unfortunately for Iania his '68 Chevy Camaro broke giving Benoit victory. During the final, Tetsoshvili ran a 4.327, 141.31 mph but it was Benoit taking the win light after running 4.259, 177.07 mph.


In X632 qualifying, it was Jeff Ensslin of Lakeland, Fla., driving his '37 Chevy "Still Doin’ Time" to the top spot with the low ET of 4.461, 157.85 mph. Ensslin was later knocked out during the semifinals by Greg "Racin" Cason from Lexington, Ky. During the finals, Cason faced off against Jason Juday of Lutz, Fla. Close start off the line from both drivers, Cason with a .108 RT to that of Juday's .079 RT. At the top end of the 660 it was Juday taking victory with a pass of 4.524, 156.15 mph to that of Cason at 4.540, 159.99 mph. (AP Photo/Chuck Foster, Killer Instinct Photos)