Budds Creek Report - Day 1 Qualifying Reports From The IHRA EXPRESS Auto Parts.Com President's Cup Nationals Nitro Harley-Davidson John Mancuso-- Mancuso opened qualifying with some problems finding the right combination. He smoked the...
Budds Creek Report - Day 1 Qualifying Reports From The IHRA EXPRESS Auto Parts.Com President's Cup Nationals
John Mancuso-- Mancuso opened qualifying with some problems finding the right combination. He smoked the tire and drifted close to the center-line. He pedaled to a 7.20/184.77 lap.
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Scott Weney-- Weney covered a lot of ground en-route to posting a respectable 6.071.224.21, good enough for the second spot. He opted to sit out the second session.
Von Smith-- Smith came to the starting line loaded for a tremendous lap, but he overestimated the capabilities and shook the tires violently. He aborted the first lap and coasted through with a 10.44 elapsed time. The second session afforded an improvement though he was apparently running the wrong clutch combination as the Pontiac labored to run a 6.30/237.73.
Johnny Rocca/Troy Critchley-- Rocca's masterful team let their intentions be known from the onset. Critchley piloted the classic Merc to the quickest run in the history of legal IHRA Pro Modifieds with a 6.227/225.82. He came back in the final session and went for kill, but the car drifted out of the groove and he aborted the run, coasting to a 9.80.
Mike Castellana-- Castellana didn't open his qualifying on the greatest of starts. He rattled the tires and aborted his first attempt. He appeared to be on course to get into the field, but with flames spewing steady from the headers, he was forced to lift as the car got out of shape.
Dale Brinsfield-- Brinsfield set up the car for a decent baseline and accomplished his feat by cranking out a 6.538/216.41 and that put him into the 11th spot. He came out with every intention of improving, but when the car drifted towards the center-line, Brinsfield did a masterful job of correcting and putting it back into his own lane.
Shannon Jenkins-- Jenkins launched hard on his first qualifying attempt and when the car drifted left towards the center-line, he wisely lifted. He changed motors between rounds and the move didn't pay off. The car launched hard and drifted to the left to the guardrail and he aborted the mission.
Ed Hoover -- He opened qualifying as the quickest nitrous entry. He cranked out a 6.433/225.82 to slip into the second spot. The veteran driver was determined to maintain status and hammered out a 6.37/220.80 during the second session to remain the quickest bottle rocket at MIR.
Tommy Mauney -- Mauney got off to a good start with a 6.440/219.26 during the first qualifying session. Not being one to rest on his laurels, the two-time World Champion came back and improved with a 6.40/219.
Steve Vick- Vick didn't get off on a good foot during the first session as he aborted the mission at mid-track and the by-passed the scales. He came into the second session as an unqualified entry and quickly re-established himself with a 6.41/219.54.
John Montecalvo-- Montecalvo let his intentions be known in the first qualifying session as he stormed to a 6.675/208.94 to pace the first session. He came to the line loaded for bear and crewchief Billy Wagner's tuning efforts were rewarded as Montecalvo stepped up to a 6.640/208.52. He ended the first day of qualifying as the second quickest qualifier.
Charlie Hunt Racing (Floyd Cheek & Tom Lee) -- Lee was the quicker of the two in the first qualifying session as he cranked out a 6.702/209.43. Cheek was impressive with his initial effort with a 6.737/207.27. The session ended with Lee as the fourth quickest and Cheek was 7th. The final session on Friday brought out runs of huge proportions. Lee fired the largest shot of all as he hammered out an unofficial class record with a 6.609/209.75. Cheek stepped up as well with 6.653/204.54 for the third spot.
Larry Snyder-- Snyder opened qualifying by taking place in the quickest side-by-side match opposite Laurie Cannister and cranked out a 6.119/221.78. He failed to improve during the second session and remained in the third spot.
Mark McElwee -- With the motor apart in the pits, McElwee was unable to make the first round call in qualifying. A tremendous thrash fell short in making the evening qualifying session. They are scheduled to run in the third session on tomorrow.