Budds Creek Report - Final Qualifying Reports From The IHRA EXPRESS Auto Parts.Com President's Cup Nationals Nitro Harley-Davidson John Mancuso-- Mancuso secured a spot in the field following the third session, which turned out to be the ...
Budds Creek Report - Final Qualifying Reports From The IHRA EXPRESS Auto Parts.Com President's Cup Nationals
John Mancuso-- Mancuso secured a spot in the field following the third session, which turned out to be the quickest session of any Screamin' Eagle Nitro Harley event. The veteran ri der streaked to a phenomenal 6.75/207.56. This run was good enough for the seventh spot going into the final session. The conditions weren't the safest for the Harley bikes during the evening session, but Mancuso opted to run anyway. The true grit performer smoked the tire and aborted a 7.332/163.88. He completed qualifying with the seventh quickest run and will be paired against Ray Price in the first round of eliminations.
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Scott Weney-- Weney stepped up in the third session for his quickest run of the weekend. The veteran driver hammered out a 6.00/233.38 to secure his spot solidly in the field. H e failed to improve during the evening session. He ended up as the third quickest qualifier and is schedule d to face Bruce Peterson, Jr. in the first round of eliminations.
Von Smith-- Smith found himself in unfamiliar territory going into the final qualifying session. He was on the bump spot and in serious danger of falling out of the field. Crewchielf Howard Moon rectified the situation and his driver had all the ammo he needed to jump to the top of qualifying with a 5.95/233.68. Smith opted to sit out the evening session. He ended qualifying in the secon d position and will face Fredrick Tigges in a rematch of the recently completed PARTS PRO North American Nationals in Epping, NH.
Johnny Rocca/Troy Critchley-- On Saturday's first session, the Rocca team had one objective. Their berth already very much secure in the field, the Merc was going for the World Record. They reached their objective as Critchley hit the one-percent required back-up with a 6.28/222.29. They failed to improve their status and remained on the top spot. In the first round, they will face Tim McAmis.
Mike Castellana-- Castellana came back in the third session with his previou s problems rectified and made a respectable baseline of a 6.53/213.54, still his pass not enough to gain a berth in the field. During the final session, Castellana launched hard and once again, appeared to be on a worthy pass. However, breakage set in and he lifted, resulting in a DNQ.
Dale Brinsfield-- During the third session, Brinsfield admitted that he had the car tuned to run a mid-6.4 second pass. However, he never got the opportunity as his Camaro suffered parts failure on the starting line and never got to run. The lost run was costly. Brinsfield was unable to crac k the 6.47 bump with his last gasp 6.51. He failed to qualify, accounting for first DNQ since the season-opener in Darlington, SC.
Shannon Jenkins-- The gremlins offered a reprieve for Jenkins in the third qualifying session and he responded with a 6.46/213.37 and that gained him a momentary spot in the field. He failed to improve during the final session with a 6.59/214.33 and ended up in the 14th seeding for Sunday's eliminations. He is scheduled to face Al Billes in the first round of eliminations.
Ed Hoover -- The third qualifying session was not kind to Hoover as got out of the groove and slowed to a 9.01. He did not improve his Friday effort, but he made one of the finer effort of the program on Saturday evening with a 6.41/219.51. He ended qualifying as the fourth quickest entry and is scheduled to face Mitch Stott in the first round.
Tommy Mauney -- Mauney failed to improve, but ran a 6.50/212.90. The run wa s not enough to improve on the previous evening's effort, but provided a great example of race day conditions. His final attempt afforded him no reprieve as he lifted for a 6.78/180.40. He completed qualifying as the seventh quickest and will face the Pontiac of Harold Martin in the first round.
Steve Vick-- Vick didn't improve, but he made a great run in the heat of the day. He hammered out an impressive 6.42/216.67 to maintain top status in the program. He hammered ou t his finest effort of qualifying with a 6.40/218.72 during the Saturday evening session and was th e sixth quickest entry. Vick will meet Carl Moyer in the first round.
John Montecalvo-- Montecalvo failed to improved and drifted out of the groove, slowing to an 8.29/103.84. No improvement came during the final session and he ended qualifying as the second quickest. He ended qualifying as the second quickest and is scheduled to face Wayne Bishop in the first round of eliminations.
Charlie Hunt Racing-- Lee was the only one of the two to get down the trck during the first session when he hammered out a 6.70/208.65 to solidify his place. Cheek had problems and was forced to lift and coast to a 11.06. The final session provided the same results as this time Lee backed up the elapsed time record with a 6.65/208.45 and that allowed him to retain the top spot. Cheek drifted out of the groove and was forced to lift during his final attempt. Lee earned the team their first pole position and he will face the Mopar of Johnny McClain in the first round. Cheek was fourth quickest and will meet Charlie Peppers.
Larry Snyder-- Snyder had all kinds of problems in the third session as a tire spun off of the rim on the burnout. He reported no damage to the chassis. On the final qualifying attempt, he managed to keep both tires inflated and stormed to a 6.22/220.09. He ended qualifying as the thir d quickest and will meet Ryan Kaintz in the first round.
Mark McElwee -- Never let it said that the McElwee family dragster doesn't believe in the importance of the first impression. Mark stormed to a 6.26/213.23 to secure a place in the field on Sunday. The Saturday evening session afforded them no improvement and as a result, closed qualifying as the fifth quickest. He is scheduled to meet Randy Fraker in the first round.