Cordova Report - Day 1 Qualifying Reports From The IHRA Amalie Oil Summer Nationals Top Fuel Bruce Litton-- Litton will make his qualifying runs on Saturday per new IHRA procedures that have limited the nitro-burning dragsters to...
Cordova Report - Day 1 Qualifying Reports From The IHRA Amalie Oil Summer Nationals
Bruce Litton-- Litton will make his qualifying runs on Saturday per new IHRA procedures that have limited the nitro-burning dragsters to two qualifying attempts.
Top Fuel Harley-Davidson
Jamie Emery-- Emery made an appearance at the Amalie Oil Nationals with the oddest of all combinations, BLUE hair and a Top Fuel Harley-Davidson. However, the new cosmetic look didn't produce a run good enough to get into the field. Emery shut-off early with a 12.426/43.07.
John Mancuso-- Mancuso didn't make a good enough run to make it into the field during his Friday qualifying attempt. The Houston, Tx.,-based, Harley dealer only produced an 11.698/39 to fall short of the weak 8.49 bump spot.
Pro Alcohol Funny Car
Scott Weney-- Weney chose to make his first qualifying attempt in the right lane and made an impressive baseline lap. The Spring City, Pa.,-based, chassis builder completed the session in the top half with a 6.069/226.51. That put him in the fifth spot. He failed to improve during the second session by shutting off early with a 9.22/81.52 lap.
Von Smith-- The defending World Champion rolled to the starting line for his first attempt sporting the livery of Autozone in a test marketing venture. He gave the veteran auto parts chain a glimpse of the limelight as he posted the quickest run of the first session with a 5.98/234.41. Smith declined to make an appearance during the second session, but retained his top position, nonetheless.
Wally Stroupe -- Stroupe showed no weaknesses from his appendectomy problems of races gone by. However, his engine had problems and that forced the Kings Mountain, NC.,-based, chassis builder to flip the parachute early with a 6.80/155.74. Despite his woes, he ended up in the 14th spot at the completion of the session. The Stroupes replaced a slew of damaged pistons and the move was rewarded with a 6.48/216.93.
Johnny Rocca/Troy Critchley-- After a strong burnout drew a cheer from the stands at Cordova, the '49 Mercury was forced to shut-off, a victim of a broken throttle cable. The woes continued in the second session for the Prolong-sponsored, Ironhorse as a wounded motor could only muster a shut-off
Mike Castellana-- Castellana appeared to have a good run going, just off the start. However, a couple of pops and bangs left the Westbury, NY.,-based, driver with no other choice than to lift and coast to a 9.79 at 89 mph. He improved during the second session and made it into the show with a 6.63/212.56, only to be bumped out by the end of Friday's qualifying.
Dale Brinsfield-- Brinsfield's Dylan Mortgage-backed, 1968 Camaro opened qualifying with an effort that netted him "middle-of-the-pack" status with a 6.55/219.40. He claimed the eighth spot after that run. During the Friday evening session, he improved his efforts with a 6.51/216.97.
Shannon Jenkins-- The "Iceman" was cool despite a blistering 6.35/221.45 that was laid down by the '53 Corvette of Jim Oddy before he ran. The Tuscaloosa, Ala.,-based, Jenkins never broke a sweat as he posted the quickst nitrous lap of the first session with a 6.49/219.94, good enough for the second spot. He failed to improve during his second attempt with a 6.52/214.93.
John Montecalvo-- Montecalvo made an impressive first run during the initial qualifying session with a 6.80/202.55. He secured the fifth spot after the first session. The Center Moriches, NY.,-based driver improved with a 6.76/205.26, which was good enough to tie the elapsed time pole position. However, he was relegated to second by virtue of a slower mile per hour.
Charlie Hunt Racing-- Cheek opened the first qualifying session with a relatively "slow" 6.85/205.16. The Kingsport, Tn.,-based, Lee was the last to run during the session and benefitted from data acquired on Floyd's run. He used it to his advantage and posted the second quickest lap of the session with a 6.77/206.29. After the first session, Lee was second and the Soddy Daisy, Tn.,-based, Cheek was tenth. During the second go round, the duo flip-flipped qualifying order and both produced a 6.80 elapsed time, with Lee's 206.93 edging out Cheek's 205.76.
John Long-- Long made a strong opening run in the Spectra-One Race Cards and solidified himself a place in the program early with a 6.33/214.04. He ended the session in the second spot. Though he held a comfortable spot in the field, Long proved himself as one not to rest on his laurels. He blistered to racing surface to a 6.285/214.83, which was good enough for the second spot.