DARLINGTON, SC - Johnny Rocca has already predicted that the Pro Modified entries will dip into the 6-teens during the 2000 season and the veteran car owner hopes that his driver Troy Critchley attains that feat for the team. The duo further...
DARLINGTON, SC - Johnny Rocca has already predicted that the Pro Modified entries will dip into the 6-teens during the 2000 season and the veteran car owner hopes that his driver Troy Critchley attains that feat for the team. The duo further hopes that their supercharged, 1949 Merc will pace qualifying and end up in the winner's circle at the upcoming IHRA Prolong Winter Nationals in Darlington, SC.
Rocca feels that the conditions should be perfect for obtaining the feat.
"I'm sure that there will be great conditions to put out some pretty impressive numbers," explains Rocca. "We are taking a new approach this season and I'm sure it's going to pay off. Last year, we were pretty high strung and this year we're going to be more relaxed. We'll take it one race at a time and I feel if we follow that approach, by the end of the season that we should be atop the points standings."
Rocca and Critchley have plenty of momentum going into Darlington after qualifying on top at two events in 1999 and winning the special eight-car Mopar Performance Pro Modified Shootout at the season-ending World Finals in Shreveport, La. They also made a clean sweep of the post-season Winter Series and also set the class elapsed time record.
The team was the quickest in pre-season Pro Modified testing thus far.
The team will make their 2000 season-opening national event debut at the IHRA Prolong Winter Nationals next week, March 9 -11 in Darlington, SC. The event will be televised on TNN.
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