Budds Creek Mike Castellana Report

Castellana Makes Valiant Bid, Fails To Make Cut At EXPRESS Auto Parts.Com President's Cup Nats BUDDS CREEK, MD-- If drag racing ever awarded an A for effort, Mike Castellana would be an honors student. The veteran racer from Westbury, NY., ...

Castellana Makes Valiant Bid, Fails To Make Cut At EXPRESS Auto Parts.Com President's Cup Nats

BUDDS CREEK, MD-- If drag racing ever awarded an A for effort, Mike Castellana would be an honors student. The veteran racer from Westbury, NY., thrashed to find the right combination at the famed Maryland Internationals Raceway for the EXPRESS Auto Parts.Com President's Cup Nationals, but fell short. He lacks no determination and is very much adamant about making the program at the upcoming MOPAR PARTS World Finals in two weeks.

Castellana didn't open his qualifying on the greatest of starts. He rattled the tires and aborted his first attempt. He appeared to be on course to get into the field on his second attempt, but with flames spewing steady from the headers, he was forced to lift as the car got out of shape.

The Western Beef-sponsored driver came back in the third session with his previous problems rectified and made a respectable baseline of a 6.53/213.54. The positive ramifications were there, but the pass was still not good 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.

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