Empire State Nationals Friday Summary

Leicester Report - Day 1 Qualifying Reports From The IHRA CARQUEST Empire Nationals LEICESTER, NY-- Rain showers halted the first day of qualifying at the IHRA CARQUEST Empire Nationals. Fortunately, they were able to complete one round of ...

Leicester Report - Day 1 Qualifying Reports From The IHRA CARQUEST Empire Nationals

LEICESTER, NY-- Rain showers halted the first day of qualifying at the IHRA CARQUEST Empire Nationals. Fortunately, they were able to complete one round of professional qualifying before rains washed out the days proceedings.

Top Fuel Bruce Litton-- Litton will make his qualifying runs on Saturday per IHRA procedures that have limited the nitro-burning dragsters to two qualifying attempts.

Top Fuel Harley-Davidson

Jamie Emery-- Emery opened qualifying with a conservative baseline pass that netted a 7.313/203.12, good enough to secure the eighth spot.

John Mancuso-- The defending Screamin' Eagle Top Fuel Harley World Champion made the most of his first session and blistered the New York International Raceway Park racing surface with a 6.702/197.62. He ended the first day of qualifying in the second position.

Pro Alcohol Funny Car

Scott Weney-- Weney was in the lanes when a shower suspended the first round session. The atmospheric conditions after the rains didn't favor his combination and he rattled the tires and slowed to a 7.16/134. The run would have put him in the 20th spot, but he by-passed the scales and the run was disallowed.

Von Smith-- Smith didn't come out with his typical blazing gun in the first session. He made a positive baseline and settled into the third spot with a 6.089/233.96.

Pro Modified

Wally Stroupe -- Stroupe never made it to the burnout box for his first qualifying session. Instead, he had an intake malfunction that returned them to the pits without a lap.

Johnny Rocca/Troy Critchley-- 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.

Mike Castellana-- 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.

Dale Brinsfield-- Brinsfield was nothing short of impressive in his first qualifying attempt. The Dylan Mortgage-sponsored, driver stormed to a 6.449/216.06, which was good enough for the third spot.

Shannon Jenkins-- Jenkins continued in his normal trend during qualifying. H e coaxed a 6.463/217.53 out of the Parsons Brothers-owned, 1941 Willys.

Ed Hoover -- Hoover made his first qualifying attempt a keeper. He used a 6.509/216.27 to secure a spot in the field after the first session. Ed was the eighth quickest of the session.

Pro Stock

John Montecalvo-- Montecalvo had engine woes that bogged down his first attempt. He managed a respectable 6.893/203.80, which was off of his normal pace. He was 10th after the initial session.

Charlie Hunt Racing-- Both of Hunt's Ford Probes fared well after the first session. Floyd Cheek was the quicker of the two as he posted a 6.812/204.29. Tom Lee was close by with a 6.858/204.98. At the end of the first session, Cheek was 3rd and Lee was 7th.

Super Eliminator

Larry Snyder-- Snyder opened qualifying at Leicester by battling the same gremlins that plagued him at Cordova. The current points leader stumbled to a 7.414/114.86

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Series Drag
Drivers Scott Weney , Johnny Rocca , Bruce Litton , John Montecalvo , Ed Hoover , Shannon Jenkins , Troy Critchley , Von Smith