Johnny Roccaâ€™s Prolong Ironhorse Reaches Quarters At Holley Spring Nationals ROCKINGHAM, NC-- Terrible weather conditions for a blown combination and cracked fiberglass couldnâ€™t stop the Prolong Ironhorse from providing the Rockingham, N.C.,...
Johnny Rocca’s Prolong Ironhorse Reaches Quarters At Holley Spring Nationals
ROCKINGHAM, NC-- Terrible weather conditions for a blown combination and cracked fiberglass couldn’t stop the Prolong Ironhorse from providing the Rockingham, N.C., racing fans with a thrilling performance. The Troy Critchley-driven entry was the quickest blown entry in the category after qualifying and reached the quarter-finals during final eliminations at the IHRA Holley Spring Nationals in Rockingham, N.C.
Critchley was in the first pair of Pro Modifieds to roll out for the first session on Friday and eased his way into the field with a conservative 6.608/212.16. He eventually fell to the bump spot at the end of the session. The air conditions on the first day did not favor the blown contingent, but Critchley stepped up with a 6.553/213.62 during the evening session. That run completed his day in the 13th spot.
Critchley was in the first pair to run during the initial session Pro Modified session on Saturday. He got out of the groove at mid-track during the run but corrected enough to post a 6.454/217.28, which catapulted him into the 4th spot early in the session. He maintained his status going into the final session and, as running as the final Pro Modified of the session, fell short of improvement. He settled into the fourth spot and was paired opposite Carl Moyer in the first round.
An untimely mishap in the pits on raceday morning, created a thrash in the pit area to repair cracked fiberglass in the rear section of the car. His crew and members of the Jamie Emery Top Fuel Harley team did the necessary fiberglass work to repair the wounded racer. The work was done in time for the first round encounter against Moyer.
Moyer left on Critchley, but just didn’t have enough pony power to fend off the charge of the Merc. The winning lap for the first round was a 6.519/214.84. He then matched opposite Shannon Jenkins and the starting line defecit was too much for the Australian to overcome. Jenkins took the win with a slower 6.591/210.47. Critchley lost with a quicker and faster 6.529/213.77.
Rocca and Critchley plan to continue their championship conquest at the rescheduled IHRA Prolong Winter Nationals in Darlington, S.C., The Native American and Aussie duo, along with each Pro Modified contestant, will be afforded a time trial run early in the day and final eliminations are slated for later in the afternoon. This event will be televised on ESPN2 with the dates TBA in an upcoming issue.