Empire Nationals Johnny Rocca, Troy Critchley Report

Johnny Rocca's Ironhorse Drops Tough Match Opposite Glen May In First Round LEICESTER, NY.-- Johnny Rocca has always been a proponent of the supercharged combination in Pro Modified. The veteran car owner from Leesburg, Va., may have been a ...

Johnny Rocca's Ironhorse Drops Tough Match Opposite Glen May In First Round

LEICESTER, NY.-- Johnny Rocca has always been a proponent of the supercharged combination in Pro Modified. The veteran car owner from Leesburg, Va., may have been a victim of his own preference at the IHRA CARQUEST Empire Nationals. Rocca's driver Troy Critchley fell in the first round to fellow supercharged racer Glen May during the first round of competition. Just making it back after an untimely mishap at the previous race was blessing enough for the Prolong X-treme Machines-sponsored, team.

"We're just glad to be back out here where we belong," explained Rocca. "The Ironhorse belongs in front of a race day crowd and that's exactly where we put it at. The next place it belongs is in the winner's circle."

Critchley rebounded from the Cordova mishap and performed admirably as he put Rocca's Merc in the program with a 6.612/213.70. He ended up in the ninth position after the first session.

According to the car owner Rocca, they greatly underestimated the NYIRP racing surface in his first session combination. He didn't make the second mistake twice and finished the session as the 13th quickest with a 6.481/216.58. Rocca felt that the track could handle even more horsepower than previously applied and the result, during the final session, produced a 6.465/217.95. Critchley claimed the 15th spot and was scheduled to face Glen May in the first round of competition.

May won both ends of the battle by outreacting Critchley and leading him through the finish line.

Rocca and Critchley are slated to return to competition at the CARQUEST Northern Nationals in Stanton, MI., July 31 - August 2. The Native American and Aussie duo, along with each Pro Modified contestant, will be afforded two qualifying attempts on Friday and another two on Saturday with final eliminations slated for Sunday. This event will be televised on ESPN2 with the dates TBA in an upcoming issue.

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Series Drag
Drivers Johnny Rocca , Troy Critchley