BUDDS CREEK, Md.-Tommy Mauney made his third appearance behind the wheel of Roy Singleton's Majesty Group-sponsored, supercharged 1941 Willys during the ninth annual running of the IHRA Expressautoparts.com Presidents Cup at Maryland International Raceway.
For those of you who don't know the significance, Mauney has been an advocate of the nitrous-injected, carbureted engine combination for more than a decade, vowing to never pilot a super-charged (blower) racecar. He's since had a change of heart.
Qualifying resulted in Mauney's best showing in three outings placing him third in the sixteen-car field. The pass showed a remarkable improvement for the Shelby, N.C.-resident and bettered his quickest run to date in IHRA competition by almost two-tenths of a second; which in drag racing is an eternity. Mauney clocked a 6.282 second elapsed time at 223.28 miles per hour.
In the first round of eliminations, Mauney was paired against fellow Pro Modified veteran, Carl Moyer of Ankeny, Iowa. Mauney broke as he left the starting line, handing an easy win to Moyer.
"I think we're starting to get a handle on this superchargerâ€¦it's a handful, but I love a challenge," explained Mauney. "Even though we lost in the first round, I'm still happy with the overall performance and the big improvement in our performances. I couldn't ever see myself running a nitrous car again."