Budds Creek Friday qualifying notes

BUDDS CREEK, Md. - Qualifying Pit Notes from the IHRA CARQUEST President's Cup Nationals courtesy of CompetitionPlus.com in Rockingham, NC. FUNNY CAR Terry McMillen - The electrical engineer from Elkhart, Ind., found a good starting point in...

BUDDS CREEK, Md. - Qualifying Pit Notes from the IHRA CARQUEST President's Cup Nationals courtesy of CompetitionPlus.com in Rockingham, NC.

FUNNY CAR

Terry McMillen - The electrical engineer from Elkhart, Ind., found a good starting point in his Amalie Oil-sponsored Mopar flopper, as he launched hard and ran to a respectable 6.161, 203.49. Convinced that his machine had more, he returned to the final Friday attempt with a more aggressive tune-up. The aggressiveness was evident as the car launched and the wheels went skyward forcing him to lift and coast to a 9.936/87.91. He remained 15th.

Laurie Cannister - Cannister, the executive assistant from Clinton, Pa., was conservative on his first qualifying attempt. . The defending Pro Outlaw champion in her "Girl Power"-themed Camaro Funny Car found herself in the top half of the field with a 6.014, 238.93. In the evening session, she nailed the tires violently and slowed to a 14.690/48.65. She dropped to tenth.

John Vouros - The CompetitionPlus.com-sponsored Vouros from Victor, N.Y., didn't let a trivial thing such as tireshake curb his determination. The Tom Anderson-tuned driver stepped up to the third quickest lap of the first session with a 5.893, 239.02. In the final session, he picked up and sped to a 5.869/237.96. He's the third quickest qualifier.

Scott Weney - 42-year old, defending Pro Funny Car World Champion from Royersford, Pa., making an appearance behind the wheel of Bob White's new Funny Car, had an explosive first lap. A blown burst panel created quite a show for Weney, and slowed to a 7.337, 148.90. His run stood in the 15th spot. The team declined to make the second qualifying session. He stands unqualified entering the second day of qualifications.

PRO MODIFIED

Paul Athey/Johnny Rocca - The Leesburg, Va.-based Ironhorse, was intent on making a place in the field after the first session. The supercharged 1951 Mercury sporting the livery of Mohegan Sun Casinos and driven by Paul Athey landed in the 11th spot with a 6.841, 158.69. In the second session, Athey launched and rattled the tires and immediately lifted.

Alan Pittman - Pittman has plenty of determination and it showed with the fierce burnout he laid down in his first qualifying attempt. The Pelzer, SC-based driver for Ken and Sylvia Westbrook's 1941 Willys backed up the show with the second quickest lap of the session with a 6.275, 226.92. The second session was cancelled before Pittman had a chance to run.

Ed Hoover - Hoover has found his way to the winner's circle at Maryland International Raceway before. The driver of Paul Trussell's 1963 Corvette appeared intent on trying to repeat that fate as he laid down a 6.327, 220.91. He ended the session as the fifth quickest. The second session was cancelled before Hoover had a chance to run.

Chip King - King enjoyed a career best performance here last year. The Hemi racer from Semora, NC., found a good baseline with a 6.331, 225.30 in his Dodge Avenger R/T. He entered the second session as the sixth quickest. The second session was cancelled before King had a chance to run.

Team Castellana - Team Castellana has endured a season of ups and downs. Neither Castellana of Westbury, NY., nor Jenkins of Tuscaloosa, Ala., found their way into the program after the first session. The second session was cancelled before either Team Castellana car had a chance to run.

PRO STOCK

John Montecalvo - Montecalvo has been on a roll lately. The Center Moriches, NY.-based, Citgo-sponsored driver found his way into the field with the 5th quickest lap with a 6.621, 210.73. He elected to not run the final session on Friday evening.

Tom Lee - The former rookie of the year driver from Kingsport, Tenn., returned to Maryland International Raceway as the defending event champion. He found a good starting point with a 6.650/211.43. That put him in the eighth position. He elected to not run the final session on Friday evening.

Dwayne Rice - Rice was in the first pair of Pro Stockers to assault the racing surface known for its partiality to big-inch Pro Stockers. The third driver on the Moser Engineering Pro Stock team made an impressive shot right off of the bat with a 6.612, 210.77. The 31-year old excavator from Grove City, Ohio, claimed the second quickest elapsed time. He elected to not run the second session.

Gene Wilson - The newly clinched World Champion from Canton, Ga., was in uncharted territory with the Charlie Hunt Cougar. His bid to tie Bob Glidden's most wins in a single season mark got off to a slower than usual start as he slowed off of his usual torrid pace with a 6.883, 158.07. He ranks as the 15th qualifier. Wilson elected to not run the evening session.

LIZZARD RACING ENGINES TOP SPORTSMAN QUICK EIGHT SHOOTOUT - <pre> The current qualifiers for the LIZZARD RACING Top Sportsman Quick Eight are as follows:

 1. Larry Plummer       6.525, 214.31
 2. Billy Farmer        6.527, 215.55
 3. Allan Juhasz        6.565, 212.56
 4. Paul Rocco          6.629, 210.80
 5. Frank Gugliotta     6.707, 205.98
 6. Rick Sornberger     6.757, 207.53
 7. Patrick Doherty     6.834, 209.59
 8. Fidelio Montrond    6.837, 203.22

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Series Drag
Drivers Laurie Cannister , Scott Weney , Johnny Rocca , Alan Pittman , Paul Athey , Chip King , Gene Wilson , John Vouros , Dwayne Rice , John Montecalvo , Ed Hoover , Frank Gugliotta , Terry McMillen