Cordova Report - Final Qualifying Reports From The IHRA Amalie Oil Summer Nationals Top Fuel Bruce Litton-- With qualifying limited to two runs on Saturday, Litton and his crew had to labor wisely to make the most of their opportunities....
Cordova Report - Final Qualifying Reports From The IHRA Amalie Oil Summer Nationals
Top Fuel Bruce Litton-- With qualifying limited to two runs on Saturday, Litton and his crew had to labor wisely to make the most of their opportunities. He found a reasonable baseline with a 5.296/254.42 that seeded him in the 5th spot. However, during the second session, he failed to improve with a 5.32/261.52. He finished in the fifth spot in qualifying and by virtue of his seeding will face nemesis Don Lampus in the first round.
Top Fuel Harley-Davidson Jamie Emery-- Emery returned on Saturday with hopes of rebounding from a poor Friday performance. He improved during the second session with a 7.082/188.38, good enough for the bump spot going into the third and final session. He failed to improve during that session with a 7.13/184.50 and was bumped from the program.
John Mancuso-- The traction woes continued for Mancuso in the second round as he smoked the tires and had to inevitably abort the run and coast to a 7.709/199.43. The Houston, Tx.,-based, Harley dealer stepped up in the final session with a 6.96/190.80 and that placed him in the eighth spot at the end of qualifying. He is slated to face Bill Furr in the first round.
Pro Alcohol Funny Car Scott Weney-- The third round offered no improvement for Weney as he posted a 6.20/230.56, his previous Friday run enabled him to retain the sixth spot going into the final session. Weney rebounded in a big way for the final session with a 5.99/238.72 to ascend to the second spot. His mile per hour reset the Cordova Raceway Park track record on that run. He is scheduled to face Howard Poepping in the opening stanza.
Von Smith-- Smith returned to take part in the third session and failed to improve, but exhibited a fair amount of consistency as he posted a respectable 6.03/232.19. He failed to improve during the final session. He will run Paul Girot in the opening round of competition.
Pro Modified Wally Stroupe -- Stroupe remained in the top half of the program by improved by a few thousandths during the third session with a 6.487/216.83. He came back and made an impressive final lap with a 6.46/218.05. Stroupe finished as the fourth seeding and will face Billy Harper in the first round.
Johnny Rocca/Troy Critchley-- Critchley improved, but it was a costly affair. The Prolong-sponsored driver lost an engine during a 6.572/194.72 lap in the third session. The oil got under the massive rear slicks and forced the Mercury into the guardrail causing irreparable damage.
Mike Castellana-- Castellana suffered a nitrous explosion during the course of his third attempt. He slowed to an 8.69/103.59. The problems continued and he was unable to secure a place in the field with a 6.61/211.30.
Dale Brinsfield-- Brinsfield may be running Pro Modified, but he had all the consistency of a bracket racer by producing a 6.51/212.53 during the third session. A slight improvement during the final session concluded his qualifying with a 6.509/220.30 best, good enough for the 11th spot. He will square off with Steve Vick in the first round.
Shannon Jenkins-- Jenkins continued his downward spiral in the third session by failing to improve. He produced a 6.56/214, and subsequently dropped to 7th in the program. He maintained pace in the final session, though he slowed to an 8.17/111.05. He will face points leader Quain Stott in the first round. Ed Hoover- Hoover failed to improve during the third session and as a result will head into the final session on the bump spot. He produced a 6.544/216.64 during that session. The Gilbert, SC.,-based, driver stepped in the final session and produced a 6.516/216.97, which put him into the 12th spot. He will face Tommy Gray in the first round of competition.
Pro Stock John Montecalvo-- Montecalvo maintained pace during the third session with yet another 6.76 elapsed time, at 205.57 mph. He remained in the second spot going into the final session. When all of the qualifying leading Fords stepped up during the evening session, Montecalvo stepped up to the plate and gave the Chevrolet fans something to cheer for. He stole the pole position with a 6.73/205.63. He was face Jeremy Bevins during the first round of competition.
Charlie Hunt Racing-- During the third session, Cheek was the quicker of the two with a 6.784/205.63. That elevated him into the 7th spot. Lee failed to improve with a 6.81, but held onto his 5th position. Both cars stepped in the final session as Lee ran a 6.75/207.24 and Cheek complimented his teammate with a 6.75/206.70. Cheek is slated to face Charlie Peppers while Lee will take on Bob Holzer.
Gene Wilson- Wilson encountered problems at the 60-foot mark on his third run and was wise to lift and coast to a 9.69/104.06. He was in the 6th spot going into the final session. The problems continued and he was forced to abort the run at mid-track. He ended up in the 10th qualifying position and is slated to race against Ron Miller in the first round.
Super Eliminator John Long-- The temperatures were warmer on Saturday and as a result provided no improvement in qualifying for the third session for Long. He posted a 6.35/215.13 for his efforts. Long improved during the final session with a 6.22/216.76. He is scheduled to face Greg Good in the first round.
Larry Snyder-- A 6.167/220.04 on Friday was enough clout for the Super Eliminator points leader to sit out the third session to conserve parts. He failed to improve during the evening session. He is scheduled to face Ryan Kaintz in the opening round.