Norwalk; Troy Critchley/Johnny Rocca fails to qualify

Ironhorse Suffers Second Consecutive Non-Qualifying Effort at Norwalk NORWALK, OHIO-Australian born Pro Modified driver, Troy Critchley, failed to qualify for his second consecutive national event at the IHRA Mopar Parts World Nationals. Behind...

Ironhorse Suffers Second Consecutive Non-Qualifying Effort at Norwalk

NORWALK, OHIO-Australian born Pro Modified driver, Troy Critchley, failed to qualify for his second consecutive national event at the IHRA Mopar Parts World Nationals. Behind the wheel of the Ironhorse, Johnny Rocca's beautiful '49 Mercury, Critchley qualified 17th, but missed the 16-car field by a mere 3-thousandths of a second.

Rocca tuned Critchley to a respectable 6.467 at 215.68 mph during the first qualifying session on Wednesday to put the Ironhorse in the No. 8 position. The Norwalk Raceway Park quarter-mile turned out to be a little harder to negotiate during Thursday's session. By the time Rocca's Ironhorse came to the line for the second session Critchley had already dropped to 14th in the field. Critchley left the line with a great 1.05-second sixty-foot time and appeared to be on his way to an excellent run when the car put out a puff of smoke near the 1,000-foot mark and slowed to a 6.503. Critchley remained in the 14th spot with one qualifying session left on Friday.

Rocca and Critchley brought their Oldsmobile-powered '49 Mercury to the starting line during the Friday night session as part of the first pair of Pro Mods to make an attempt. The bump was a 6.486 as the session began and Rocca hoped to move his driver up into the top half of the field. Critchley improved slightly with 6.464 at 217.04 to jump up one spot on the ladder to 13th. Eight pairs of cars later, he was bumped from the show and ended up qualified 17th out of the 32 Pro Mod cars on hand at Norwalk.

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Series Drag
Drivers Johnny Rocca , Troy Critchley