STANTON, MI. - Qualifying Pit Notes from the IHRA CARQUEST Northern Nationals courtesy of CompetitionPlus.com in Stanton, Michigan.
Bruce Litton - Litton entered the second and final day of qualifying as the third quickest with a 4.954, 270.81. The Wix Filters-sponsored Top Fuel driver from Indianapolis squared off against Jim Head in his first attempt on Saturday. Litton was a tenth ahead at half-track, but then started smoking the tires and slowed to a 5.116. The veteran driver saved his best for last as he laid down a 4.846, 297.16 for the 4th spot. He will meet Steve Smith in the first round.
Terry McMillen - McMillen got off to a good start in the second day of qualifying as he maintained his tenth qualifying position as he stepped up from a 6.175 to a 6.121, 229.90. The Elkhart, Ind.-based driver continued his climb up the ladder in the Valley Screen Imaging Mopar with a 6.020, 233.72. McMillen ended up in the seventh spot and will face Larry Dobbs in the first round.
Laurie Cannister - After a less than spectacular first day of qualifying, Cannister began to right the wrongs from Friday and stepped up with a 5.937, 230.06 to land in the fifth spot. She failed to improve in the final session but provided an impressive example of consistency with a 5.939, 236.71. She claimed the sixth spot and will run Ronnie Midyette in the first round.
John Vouros - Vouros was another driver that had a less than admirable showing on the first day. The CompetitionPlus.com-sponsored driver improved with a 6.107, 231.64 to step up to the ninth spot. The Tom Anderson-tuned driver saved his best for last with a 5.876, 235.02. He concluded as the fourth quickest and will meet Joe Comella in the first round.
Paul Athey/Johnny Rocca - Johnny Rocca's Mohegan Sun-sponsored 1949 Mercury driven by former Funny Car racer Paul Athey continued to climb the ladder on Saturday. With a 6.445, 218.05 to his credit from Friday, Athey made a straight pass and improved with a 6.405, 218.27. For the second event in a row, Athey entered the final session unqualified. The fortunes didn't improve on the final attempt as a broken starter prevented the team from taking their last shot.
Alan Pittman - Pittman, the sophomore driver of Ken and Sylvia Westbrook's 1941 Willys carded a 6.285, 226.13 on Friday. He suffered a scary moment as he was in the opposite lane when Sal Passarelli suffered a serious fire from an apparent engine explosion. Pittman had encountered severe tire shake and wisely chose to lift early. The final attempt provided the same result. He concluded qualifying as the fourth quickest and will meet Mitch Stott in the first round.
Ed Hoover - Hoover did quite a bit of dancing around on the top end during his first run on Saturday. He was already in the show with a 6.337, 223.28. He maintained a level of consistency as he produced a 6.359. The final attempt proved to be a homerun for the original Pro Modified winner as he pushed Paul Trussell's 1963 Corvette to a 6.307, 223.25 for the fifth spot. He will face Dan Rowe in a rematch of the St. Louis Pro Modified exhibition final round.
Chip King - Once again, problems nailed King in qualifying. The driver of the Indy Cylinder Heads-sponsored, Hemi Dodge R/T encountered magneto problems and the car wouldn't fire. His 6.415, 218.94 was his best headed into the final session. Fate gave King a favorable nod as he earned a place on the final run with a 6.362, 220.48. He qualified 14th and will run Tim McAmis first round.
Team Castellana - After blitzing to the top of the qualifying pecking order on Friday, neither Castellana, nor Jenkins was able to make it down the track. The final attempt proved to be déjà vu. Jenkins ended qualifying as the quickest nitrous entry at 2nd and will meet Carl Moyer in the first round. Castellana qualified tenth and will meet Quain Stott in the first round.
Steve Cossis - Cossis failed to improve during the first session in the CompetitionPlus.com-sponsored 1953 Corvette. The veteran driver from Astoria, N.Y., fell from the show in the third session after failing to improve on his previous 6.452, 217.77. His final run was a 6.457, which was a DNQ. Cossis took solace in the fact that his car was declared "Best Appearing Pro Car" for the event.
John Montecalvo - The Citgo-sponsored Montecalvo carried his finest powerplant named J-Lo into the final day of qualifying in Stanton. The engine switch failed to provide improvement in Saturday's first session and yielded a 6.701. With no improvement on the final session, Montecalvo ended the portion of the event as the sixth quickest and will face John Konigshofer in the first round.
Angelo Alesci - The Cleveland, Ohio-based Alesci fell short of improvement in the third qualifying session as he managed a 6.778. His evening session provided a better 6.746, 206.86, good enough for the 14th spot. He will meet Tom Lee in the first round.
Tom Lee - Lee entered the final day of qualifying as the third qualifier. The Kingsport, Tenn.-based driver was one of the few drivers that stepped up with a 6.647, 208.97, but remained third in the list. A final session 6.658, 208.68 provided no improvement and remained third. He will meet Angelo Alesci in the first round.
Dwayne Rice - The Grove City, Ohio-based excavator continued to struggle as he managed only a 6.768 in the third session. Rice's struggles continued as he could only post a 6.793, to end the final session as the eight quickest. He will meet Tony Fox in the first round.
Gene Wilson - If Pro Stock were to turn into a bracket class, Wilson would have a leg up on the competition. The current points leader reproduced his Friday best with a 6.619, with a slightly faster mile per hour of 210.44. The spectrum turned around as he produced his worst in the final session with a 6.654, 209.14. He ended as the low qualifier and will meet Chris Holbrook in the first round.