Empire Nationals Mike Castellana Report

Castellana Makes It To The Big Dance, Red-light Ends Day In Competition Against “Undertaker” Corvette LEICESTER, NY-- It’s never a good thing to do business with an undertaker and Pro Modified racer Mike Castellana was just dying to get...

Castellana Makes It To The Big Dance, Red-light Ends Day In Competition Against “Undertaker” Corvette

LEICESTER, NY-- It’s never a good thing to do business with an undertaker and Pro Modified racer Mike Castellana was just dying to get away from first round opponent Tommy Gray, resulting in a foul start. That killed his chances of recording an elusive first victory at the IHRA CARQUEST Empire Nationals in Leicester, NY.

Qualifying opened with a conservative effort. Castellana ran against Troy Critchley in the first pair of Pro Modified cars during the initial qualifying session. Both cars ran 6.61s, but Castellana was .002 quicker with a 6.612/213.70. Rains washed out the second session of Pro Modified qualifying.

Castellana was in the field at the beginning of the first Saturday session, and despite an improved effort was bumped from the program into the first alternate position. He ran a 6.542/214.52 to improve on the previous day’s performance. Going into the final session, he knew that he was going to have to make a phenomenal run just to have a chance to race on Sunday. His 1957 Chevy has never looked finer as he stormed to a 6.443/216.13, good enough for the 13th spot. That paired him opposite Tommy Gray in the first round of competition.

Castellana entered the first stanza with high hopes of gaining his first win of the season. "I feel very good about our chances today ", stated the Westbury, N.Y. native. "This is my home track, and I feel if we can run as well as we did yesterday we have an excellent chance of going some rounds today". Unfortunately for the Western Beef team their luck ran out with the very uncharacteristic red-light for Castellana ending his day prematurely.

Mike Castellana's Western Beef /Awesome Motorsports team will continue their championship conquest at the CARQUEST Northern Nationals in Stanton, MI., July 31 - August 2, 1999. Each Pro Modified contestant will be afforded four qualifying runs during the course of the event and the quickest sixteen entries will compete in final eliminations on Sunday. The event will be televised on ESPN2 with the dates TBA in an upcoming issue of the IHRA's Drag Review magazine.

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Drivers Tommy Gray