DARLINGTON, SC - Roy Singleton has opted to enter the 2001 IHRA Mopar Performance Pro Modified championship battle with veteran Aussie doorslammer pilot Troy Critchley as his hired gun. The move comes just days after last season's driver Tommy ...
DARLINGTON, SC - Roy Singleton has opted to enter the 2001 IHRA Mopar Performance Pro Modified championship battle with veteran Aussie doorslammer pilot Troy Critchley as his hired gun. The move comes just days after last season's driver Tommy Mauney and Singleton parted ways shortly after the Majesty Homes Groundhog Warm-up presented by 1320 Wed Services in Darlington, SC. Singleton, a former Top Sportsman driver from Hartsville, SC., had initially planned to drive the car, but decided that he didn't have the proper time to overcome the learning curve and compete for the championship.
Singleton is adamant that his parting with Mauney was on good terms and that he plans to have the two-time World Champion build him a new car in the future.
"I've had a lot of cars and I guess I just wanted to play with my toys for a while," explained Singleton, who owns the thriving Majesty Group of businesses in Darlington. "But the more I thought about it after I had let Tommy go, the more I decided that it wasn't the right time and I really want to win a championship. I didn't feel right going back to ask Tommy to drive again because I knew he wouldn't. But then again, maybe he would have. Who knows?"
He continued, "I had a lot of people call me and offer to drive, but I knew pretty much who I wanted if I ever didn't have Tommy. Troy Critchley is a good driver and I'm surprised that he was still available. I know I'm lucky to have been able to get Troy and I feel that good things will come from this association."
Critchley, who previously drove Johnny Rocca's Ironhorse 1949 Mercury, is anxious to get busy.
"This is awesome, mate" explained Critchley. "I think this will be a great deal for Roy Singleton, the Majesty Group and myself. I had pretty much given up on this season and then this program came open and I was relieved. I hope to make Roy proud."
The duo of international diversity, in which Singleton is African-American, Critchley is Australian and crewchief Chuck Ford is from Alabama should be quite the entertainment in a group conversation. While Singleton laughs, he explains that regardless of the dialect the team has their goals firmly entrenched.
"We want to win the championship," explained Singleton. "The guys at CompetitionPlus.com had given us their prediction to win that. Don't count us out of it just yet. Chuck Ford is building us quite an engine program and we'll be stout in the season to come."
Singleton adds, "Just watch that Majesty Group Willys, we'll be styling and profiling because that's my car and don't do anything less than first class."
-Bobby Bennett/Harley Communications