Darlington Friday Qualifying Reports

DARLINGTON, SC - Pit notes from Harley Communications at the IHRA Prolong Winter Nationals. Rain postponed the final qualifying session, thus insuring the fields were set after two rounds of qualifying. Top Fuel Bruce Litton - Litton was ...

DARLINGTON, SC - Pit notes from Harley Communications at the IHRA Prolong Winter Nationals. Rain postponed the final qualifying session, thus insuring the fields were set after two rounds of qualifying.

Top Fuel

Bruce Litton - Litton was smiling at the conclusion of qualifying. In the second round of qualifying, Litton he made the largest move possible, going from worst to first. Litton hammered out a 4.820/298.14 for the pole position. Litton faces Jim Head in the first round.

Nitro Harley

John Mancuso - John Mancuso continued his domination of the IHRA's top two-wheeled class as he blasted to top spot in Screamin' Eagle Nitro Harley. He did it in convincing fashion, setting a new class ET and mile-per-hour record with an effort of 6.476/214.08. Mancuso will face Dale Nungesser in the first round.

Pro Funny Car

Von Smith - Von Smith's second round 5.935 bettered his previous performance by .06, but he wasn't able to make a move up from his fourth spot on the qualifying list. He will face Gary Rettell in the first round.

Pro Modified

Shannon Jenkins - Defending Pro Mod champ Jenkins made a spectacular impression on a tough qualifying field as he unveiled his long awaited new Dodge Viper. The car was so fresh that Jenkins didn't even arrive at the track until after the first round had been run. He made up for lost time with a great run of 6.56/217.70, good enough for 14th position. As fate would have it, he faces Ed Hoover in the first round, for the sixth time in the last two seasons.

Tommy Mauney - Tommy Mauney's strong running '41 Willys is right in the thick of things so far this weekend, his nearly identical 6.40/222 laps landing him in the top five after the completion of qualifying. He is scheduled to face Barney Squires in the first round.

Ed Hoover - Hoover had a bunch of problems in round one, but stormed back to grab third spot when he posted one of the final session's four 6.30's, an impressive 6.386/220.84. Hoover will face Shannon Jenkins in the opening round of eliminations. He was undefeated against the defending World Champion last season.

Dale Brinsfield - Brinsfield was one of the multitude of driver eager to improve in the evening session, but rain didn't afford him the chance. He improved during the first session with a 6.462/218.80. Good thing for him, his 6.47/217.70 on Thursday wouldn't have earned him a berth in the field. He will face Alan Pittman in the first round.

Barney Squires - Squires pushed the Roy Singleton-owned Majesty Homes 1941 Willys to an impressive 6.454/220.76. This is only the second outing on the neat machine and this marks the first time that the team has ever qualified. The veteran painter Squires will face Mauney in the first round.

Al Billes - Canadian tough guy Billes, who ran a record-setting 6.268 at this race last year, is out to make another strong statement for the superchaged contingent this time around. He piloted his bright yellow '53 Stude' to an arrow-straight 6.367/219.76 and claimed top spot in a very stout Pro Mod field.

Pro Stock

Chris Holbrook - Holbrook didn't get down the track on Thursday, but made up for it on Friday. The defending World Champion managed a 6.753/206.39 during the early session on Friday. He will face Tim Nabors in the first round.

John Montecalvo - Montecalvo continued his dominance from pre-season by storming to a 6.683/32.07. He never faltered from the top spot during qualifying and will face Mark Hay.

Gene Wilson - Wilson reeled a qualifying shot that would have made his dad, professional fisherman Orlando Wilson, plenty proud. Wilson ended qualifying with a 6.745 best with no speed recorded. He completed qualifying as the ninth quickest and will face Doug Kirk in the first round.

Floyd Cheek - Cheek hammered out a 6.803/202.27 in the early session and that pushed him into the 15th spot. He will face Dwayne Rice in the first round.

Dwayne Rice - Rice backed up an excellent showing at the Darlington pre-season race in February, by blasting the second quickest run of the session, a 6.703/206.92. He faces Floyd Cheek in the first round.

Wally Stroupe - Stroupe did well in his Pro Stock debut by pushing his Trim Parts Restoration Products Chevrolet to the 14th quickest time, a 6.767/204.39. He will do battle with Tom Lee in the first round of competition.

Pro Outlaw

Mick Snyder - Snyder made an impressive Pro Outlaw debut by pushing the Orange Menace digger to the fourth quickest time with a 6.203/217.60. He is scheduled to face Mike Decker in round one. Mark McElwee - McElwee edged out Snyder by .001 with a 6.202/216.51 and that slipped him into the third seeding. He will race Mike Decker in the first round.

Laurie Cannister - Cannister survived a between-rounds pit thrash to grab top spot in the new-look 8-car program. Her Nicoderm-sponsored dragster laid down a strong 6.111/218.90 in the heat of the day. She will face Kevin McClain in the first round.

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Series Drag
Drivers Laurie Cannister , Jim Head , Bruce Litton , Alan Pittman , Gene Wilson , Dwayne Rice , John Montecalvo , Ed Hoover , Shannon Jenkins , Al Billes , Von Smith , Mick Snyder