SHREVEPORT, La.--After taking over the driving duties of the Roy Singleton-owned, Majesty Group entry, veteran driver Tommy Mauney has continued to "dial-in" the blown motor, improving each outing. This race was no different. The Mopar Parts World Finals hosted by Red River Raceway was Mauney's to lose.
It began in qualifying.
Mauney ran a 6.310/223.62 in round one, good for the number two spot. However, in a blunder, the run was thrown out when the classic 1941 Willys turned up light at the scales. "We weighed before the session and were heavy, we took 19 pounds out and now we're 5 pounds light you tell me what happened, it's their (IHRA) game."
Mauney proved he had the right stuff in the second round, producing his best qualifying time in the blown car to date, #4-6.309/222.88.
First round of eliminations Mauney lined up against Harold Martin, Wixom, Mich. Mauney left the starting line with a slight advantage (0.050 seconds); which proved not to be a factor. Martin appeared to be sitting still as Mauney charged down the quarter-mile of asphalt in 6.350 seconds at 221.92 mph to Martin's 6.507/217.04.
Mike Castellana, Westbury, N.Y., took on Mauney in round two. Mauney would have his work cut out for him; Castellana had run as quick as 6.330 over the weekend.
Castellana left Mauney on the starting line but soon lost traction and was forced to lift. Mauney advanced to the semi-finals, but was way off the pace clocking a 6.444/217.74, losing lane choice in the next round to nemesis Fred Hahn.
Unable to repair damage to the motor from the previous round, Mauney and crew did not make the call for the semi-finals, handing Hahn an automatic trip to the final round.