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“IHRA Racing - Nothing But Attitude” Bradenton Report - Day 1 Qualifying Reports from IHRA Amalie Oil Nationals Wally Stroupe -- Stroupe returned to the sight of his worst accident and shook off any gremlins that may have tried to...

“IHRA Racing - Nothing But Attitude”

Bradenton Report - Day 1 Qualifying Reports from IHRA Amalie Oil Nationals

Wally Stroupe -- Stroupe returned to the sight of his worst accident and shook off any gremlins that may have tried to resurface. The veteran chassis builder reeled off a 6.581/211.81 during the first session to slip into the fifth spot. He skated around on the top end of the run in the Trim Parts 1963 Corvette and managed a 6.53/211.36 during the final session to step up.

Johnny Rocca/Troy Critchley-- The first session wasn’t kind to the Prolong sponsored, Ironhorse 1949 Merc as driver Troy Critchley was forced to shut off following the burnout due to low oil pressure. He came back in the second session and didn’t do much of a burnout. Critchley managed to crank out a 6.53/211.96 to get into the field at the conclusion of the first day.

Jamie Emery-- The Screamin’ Eagle Top Fuel Harley division was afforded only one qualifying run during Friday’s session. Emery made the most of his efforts by slipping his Colton’s Point, Md.,-based entry into the fifth spot with a 6.946/196.93.

John Montecalvo-- Montecalvo found a baseline during the first session with a 6.784/204.87 and that put him into the ninth spot at the conclusion of the first round. The Citgo-sponsored, Chevrolet Monte Carlo repeated the feat as he posted another 6.78. Because of his failure to improve, he dropped to the tenth position.

Mike Castellana-- Castellana seemed to have the horsepower to make a good qualifying lap, but horrendous tireshake in second gear forced him to abort his mission. He fared no better in the evening session and was unable to improve in his Western Beef-sponsored, 1957 Chevy.

Scott Weney-- The Penn Stater and second generation Weney roared to a 6.051/232.31 for the fourth spot after the first session. Weney, piloting the Sheetz Racing Pontiac, was unable to improve on their earlier time after tremendous tireshake forced him to abort the run.

Dale Brinsfield-- Brinsfield rebounded from his Prolong Winter Nationals disappointments to record a 6.610/204.45 during the first session in his Dylan Mortgage-backed, 1968 Camaro to commandeer the sixth spot. He continued his ride in returning to prominence by running a 6.54/212.56 to improve on his previous run.

John Mancuso-- Mancuso enjoyed quite a ride as his nitro-burning, Top Fuel Harley skated around and ventured close to the left-lane guardrail during his first qualifying attempt. The Houston, Tx.,-based Harley dealer and defending world champion missed the initial cut by shutting off with a 7.766/128.97, good enough for the third alternate position.

Von Smith-- Smith’s Big Daddy’s BBQ Sauces Pontiac followed in the same fashion that it did in Darlington by hammering down the first spot with a 5.990/235.41 during the first session. He remained in the top spot despite failing to improve during the final session.

Shannon Jenkins-- Jenkins flew the nitrous banner proudly during the initial qualifying session as he hammered out a 6.526/212.56 to end up in the second position behind Fred Hahn’s 6.37. He appeared to have the makings of a pace-setting run, but was forced to lift when the car drifted to the right in the Parsons Brothers 1941 Willys.

Charlie Hunt Racing-- Former IHRA rookie of the year Tom Lee found the right combination in the Universal Brake Parts-sponsored, Ford Probe to generate a 6.764/203.89, good enough to hold down the sixth spot after the first session. He failed to improve on the mark during the second session, but managed to retain his position. Teammate Floyd Cheek made no runs during the day as he was unable to make the first day due to job constraints.

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Series Drag
Drivers Fred Hahn , Scott Weney , Johnny Rocca , John Montecalvo , Shannon Jenkins , Troy Critchley , Von Smith