Cordova: Thusday notes

CORDOVA, ILL.- Thursday's pit notes from the inaugural IHRA Amalie Oil Top Fuel Bruce Litton - Litton got off to a decent start in qualifying, but it was far from being a perfect run. The car launched strong, but began to develop tire...

CORDOVA, ILL.- Thursday's pit notes from the inaugural IHRA Amalie Oil

Top Fuel

Bruce Litton - Litton got off to a decent start in qualifying, but it was far from being a perfect run. The car launched strong, but began to develop tire smoke at about the 1,000-foot mark. Litton pedaled the car and wwent across the stripe with a 5.069/238.30 in the Wix Filters presented by the Top Dragster Driving Experience dragster. He is currently in the third spot of the eight car field.

J.R. Todd - The rookie driver didn't get off to a good start in the United Expressline/Bruce Litton Trailer Sales dragster. Just one week after attaining his license at Norwalk, the 18-year old graduate from the junior dragster division had his machine die just off of the line as the result of mechanical problems. As a result, he did not gain a qualifying run on the attempt.

Screamin' Eagle Nitro Harley

John Mancuso - The defending event champion made a middle of the pack run on his Thursday attempt. The Houston, Tx.-based driver hammered out a 6.715/197.74 and that lap was good enough to put him in the fourth spot.

IHRA.com Pro Funny

Von Smith - The defending Pro Funny Car champion from Oak Ridge, Tn., nailed down the top spot in his first qualifying attempt. The NitroFish-sponsored Pontiac blistered out a 5.948/236.05 for the top spot in the 16-car field.

Scott Weney - The current points leader was looking to score a good baseline run to work off of and did so when he blasted out a 6.144/229.82. His run, which covered quite a bit of real estate without leaving his lane, landed in the sixth spot.

Mopar Parts Pro Modified

Johnny Rocca/Troy Critchley - There was quite a bit of controversy in the first run for the Ironhorse machine. The classic 1949 Mercury ran behind in the first pair that followed a tremendous oildown by Pro Funny Car. The car appeared to get out of shape on the top end and after pleas with IHRA officials the team was granted a re-run. The re-run produced a lap good enough to take him to the second position. However, the next morning the descision was reverse and the original 6.949 run was re-instated. He was relegated to the 18th spot.

Mike Castellana - For much of the season, Castellana has had a stout launch, but had to lift on the top end for some reason. The veteran racer from Westbury, NY., encountered the same fate in the first qualifying session as he lifted with a 6.755/168.85. Despite his abandoning of the run, he still managed to claim a spot in the preliminary field as the 15th spot.

Dale Brinsfield - Brinsfield continued his elevation to upper echelon status in the program as he pushed his Camaro to a tremendous lap that landed him in the top spot of the program. The veteran Southeastern-based Pro Modified racer stormed to a 6.477/217.42, good enough for the fifth spot.

Shannon Jenkins - The "Iceman" Jenkins continues to find the right combination for his radical Pro Modified Dodge Viper. His gained some some consolation of previous shortcomings by posting the sixth quickest time in the class with a 6.484/218.12.

Ed Hoover - Hoover quickly established himself as the quickest nitrous entry after the first session. The winner of the season-opening Prolong Winter Nationals jumped up into the second position on the strength of his opening lap. Pro Modified's inaugural winner hot-lapped the Paul Trussell-owned Corvette to post a 6.455/216.90.

Al Billes - The popular Canadian had his flamed Studebaker at Cordova hoping to score his third top qualifying position of the 2000. Unfortunatley, it didn't come on his first run as he could only a produce a 6.615/215.62. That put him in the 12th spot after the first session.

Tommy Gray - The Undertaker machine jumped into the middle of the pack on his first qualifying attempt. He claimed the ninth spot in his classic 1954 Corvette with a 6.526/213.00.

Sunoco Pro Stock

John Montecalvo - Montecalvo established himself as the second quickest Chevrolet in the program following the first qualifying session. The Citgo-sponsored driver from Center Moriches, NY., got off to a good start with a 6.750/206.42. The current points leader settled into the third spot.

Floyd Cheek/Gene Wilson - Both of Charlie Hunt's Pro Stock Fords earned a place in the program after the first session. Wilson edged out his teammate Cheek by .006 with a 6.820/203.95. Cheek slipped into the 12th spot with a 6.856/204.08.

Chris Holbrook - The defending Pro Stock World Champion continues to try and find the right combination for his Mustang. Holbrook fell short of making the program after the first session with a 6.926/200.68. He is currently in the 19th spot.

Dwayne Rice - Rice was very much intent in jumping into the top half of the program with his first attempt. He achieved his goal as he pushed his Ohio-based Pontiac to the sixth quickest lap with a 6.783/204.76.

Pro Outlaw

Mick Snyder - The second generation Pro Outlaw driver who made the jump from junior dragsters to the professional ranks established himself as one of the favorites in the category on Friday. He flexed his muscles in the early going and carded a 6.356/210.31. He ended the session as the second quickest.

Laurie Cannister - The Nicorette/Nocoderm CQ entry topped the field after the first lap. The lady from Clinton, Pa., established herself as the number one qualifier with a 6.205/215.75. This race marks the first full ear for her in the class.

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Series Drag
Drivers Laurie Cannister , Scott Weney , Johnny Rocca , Bruce Litton , Gene Wilson , Dwayne Rice , John Montecalvo , Ed Hoover , Tommy Gray , Shannon Jenkins , Al Billes , Troy Critchley , Von Smith , Mick Snyder , J.R. Todd