The Ironhorse Blows the Doors off the Competition in qualifying -Then Blows it's own off in Eliminations ROCKINGHAM, NC -- Troy Critchley showed the unbridaled horse power of the Ironhorse, while setting a new IHRA Pro Modified Legal WORLD ...
The Ironhorse Blows the Doors off the Competition in qualifying -Then Blows it's own off in Eliminations
ROCKINGHAM, NC -- Troy Critchley showed the unbridaled horse power of the Ironhorse, while setting a new IHRA Pro Modified Legal WORLD RECORD. Critchley shoed the Ironhorse into the top qualifying spot for the third race in a row. Then the unexplainable happened.
Rocca's masterful team let their intentions be known from the onset. Critchley piloted the classic Merc to the quickest run in the history of legal IHRA Pro Modifieds with a 6.227/225.82. He came back in the final session and went for kill, but the car drifted out of the groove and he aborted the run, coasting to a 9.80.
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.
In the first round, they were to face Tim McAmis. When McAmis failed to make the call for first round Western New Yorker Mike Janis was put in as an alternate. Janis fell to the seemingly unstoppable Ironhorse. Bringing up a second round pairing against another Western New Yorker Mike Stawicki. Stawicki was all over from the start, giving an easy win to Critchley. Critchley then raced Ed Hoover in the semifinals. The Iron horse seemed to have this one covered when the driver's door on the Ironhorse literally blew off. Critchley was forced to lift for a second but this inexplicable event caused enough of a bobble for Hoover to get the win.
Rocca and Critchley are slated to return to competition at the IHRA Mopar Parts World Finals in Shreveport, La, durring the weekend of Oct.15-17. The Native American and Aussie duo, along with each Pro Modified contestant, will be afforded four qualifying runs during the course of the event and the quickest sixteen entries will compete in final eliminations on Sunday.