Darlington Tommy Mauney - Impressive...

DARLINGTON, SC - Former World Champ Tommy Mauney made a good impression on the crowd and the other racers and teams at Darlington during the Prolong Winter Nationals in Darlington, SC. Mauney ran consistent numbers during qualifying that put...

DARLINGTON, SC - Former World Champ Tommy Mauney made a good impression on the crowd and the other racers and teams at Darlington during the Prolong Winter Nationals in Darlington, SC.

Mauney ran consistent numbers during qualifying that put him in the show in the fifth position. At the end of Thursday night's qualifying, Mauney was tops with a 6.404/222.80. Friday's qualifying was limited to one session due to rain, but in that session, Mauney looked like he was running a bracket car with yet another 6.40 run. At the end of qualifying Mauney slipped to the number five spot.

The former Pro Modified champion faced Barney Squiers in the first round. Squiers left on Mauney and had him covered till half-track when Squiers lost a piston letting Mauney power by for the victory. Mauney ran an impressive 6.372/220.69 to Squiers' losing 6.769/185.41.

Mauney's first round victory put him up against the 1963 Corvette of Quain Stott in the second round. These two cars finished number four and five in the points last season. This looked to be close at the start but at about the 600-ft mark Mauney's engine let go bringing an early end to his season opener.

Mauney will return to action with the Parsons Brothers 1941 Willys at the Holley Spring Nationals in Rockingham. Mauney will definitely make a charge for the points championship this season.

The next event on the IHRA/Summit schedule will be on April 7-9, at Rockingham Dragway for the Holley Spring Nationals.

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