Cordova Mike Castellana Final Report

CORDOVA, ILL - Mike Castellana's dreams for turning the season around in his '57 Western Beef Chevy appeared promising, heading into Saturday's eliminations for the IHRA's Amalie Oil Summer Nationals in Cordova, ILL. Those dreams, however, were...

CORDOVA, ILL - Mike Castellana's dreams for turning the season around in his '57 Western Beef Chevy appeared promising, heading into Saturday's eliminations for the IHRA's Amalie Oil Summer Nationals in Cordova, ILL. Those dreams, however, were dashed, although just barely, by Carl Spiering who nosed out Castellana by .001 seconds or about four inches on Cordova Dragway Park's quarter-mile. The difference came at the starting line where Spiering got the jump on Castellana. He left in .472 seconds to Castellana's .485. Castellana had the quicker run in vain. He covered the quarter-mile in 6.397 seconds at 216.06 mph to Spiering's 6.409/218.34. The Westbury, N.Y., resident, who failed to make the elimination round in two of the first three races, had exorcised those qualifying demons during Friday's final session to make the field for the final sixteen. He turned in a career best third place with a 6.36/222.34, improving on the day's first run of 6.40 and 220.26. In Thursday's qualifying, Castellana had experienced some of the problems he had in Canada two weeks ago, having to lift early in the run. Castellana now will have nearly a month to think about that hole shot before the IHRA stops in his home state for the CARQUEST Empire Nationals, July 14-16 at New York International Raceway Park in Leicester, NY.

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