Epping Final Qualifying All Series

Top Fuel Bruce Litton-- Litton opened qualifying with a smokey 5.61/167.49, which was good enough for the fifth position in a field that only attracted seven fuelers. Even though he had a secure spot in the program, Litton hammered out a more ...

Top Fuel

Bruce Litton-- Litton opened qualifying with a smokey 5.61/167.49, which was good enough for the fifth position in a field that only attracted seven fuelers. Even though he had a secure spot in the program, Litton hammered out a more impressive 4.813/303.43 to secure the third spot. He is scheduled to meet Bobby Lagana, Jr. in the first round.

Paul Romine-- Romine was the hottest Top Fuel driver during the first session of qualifying. The defending World Champion stormed to a 4.74/306.81 to secure the early pole position. When it came to the final session, it didn't matter that Steve Smith was grenading, wheel-standing and crashing in the opposite lane. Romine launched to a tremendous 4.712/308.28 lap, which was good enough to retain the pole position. He will receive the odd-number bye run in the first round.

Nitro Harley-Davidson

John Mancuso-- Mancuso had no luck in his first qualifying attempt. He shook the tire violently and then crossed the center line, taking out a cone and eventually coasting through the traps in opponent Ray Price's lane. The defending World Champion appeared to be on a pass good enough to qualify until his engine coughed and eventually lost power and slowed to a 7.382, only good enough for first alternate.

Pro Funny Car

Scott Weney-- Weney made an impressive effort in his first shot as he laid down a 6.02/232.37, good enough for the third spot. He opted to sit out the final session.

Von Smith-- Smith has a penchant for generating impressive baseline runs. The defending World Champion laid claim to the second spot during the initial session with a 6.01/236.80. He chose to rest on his laurels and opted to sit out the final session.

Pro Modified

Wally Stroupe -- Stroupe opened qualifying with a 6.50/216.65, which was good enough for the 11th spot. He improved his status during the final session with a 6.445/216.06, good enough for the tenth spot. He will face Carl Moyer in the first round.

Johnny Rocca/Troy Critchley-- Critchley made the opening session a costly one as he wounded the motor en-route to a 6.46/215.48, good enough for the sixth position. He shocked the Pro Modified contingent on the final qualifying lap with a 6.313/222.14. By virtue of Critchley's top qualifying position, he will face Mike Janis in the first round.

Mike Castellana-- Castellana ran a 6.59/215.03 in his first run, but by-passed the fuel check negating the run. It didn't matter as he was .001 off of the bump spot. He improved during the final qualifying lap with a 6.560/216.00 and that was not quick enough to crack the tough 6.503 bubble.

Dale Brinsfield-- Brinsfield opened the qualifying with a 6.512/216.51, which was good enough for the 13th spot. He stepped up in a big way during the final session as he carded a 6.396/217.91 and that made him the quickest nitrous car on the premesis. He secured the second spot and is scheduled to face Al Billes in a first round battle of record holders.

Shannon Jenkins-- Jenkins continued to have intake problems as the car sounded off with an unhealthy pop and slowed to a 14.62/43.21 in his first attempt. The unhealthy pop turned out to be a broken transmission, which was repaired and yielded a 6.409/218.30, good enough for the 6th spot. He will face Tommy Mauney in the first round.

Ed Hoover -- Hoover continued to shine in the afterglow of his Norwalk win by hammering out a 6.419/220.08, good enough to stand as the quickest nitrous entry and third in the prospective qualifying order. He stepped up again in the final session with a 6.397/219.97, good enough for the third spot. He will face Steve Cossis in the first round.

Tommy Mauney -- Mauney made an impressive baseline with a 6.45/21897, which was good enough for the fifth spot. He failed to improve on the final attempt and as a result, claimed the 11th spot. The two-time World Champion will meet former teammate Shannon Jenkins in the first round.

Steve Vick-- Vick, hoping to capitalize on his momentum from the CARQUEST Northern Nationals victory, opened qualifying with enough enthusiasm to produce a 6.49/218.83. This was good enough for the 8th spot. He made an improvement during the final session and carded a 6.470. His seeding will match him against Fred Hahn in the first round.

Pro Stock

John Montecalvo-- Montecalvo established himself as the quickest Pro Stocker in the first session as he stormed to a 6.714/207.50. He carried top qualifier status into the final session. Montecalvo afforded the competition no slack as he came out with a 6.642/209.04 which only solidified his perch. Because of an uneven amount of cars in the first round, Montecalvo will receive a bye run.

Charlie Hunt Racing-- Floyd Cheek got off to a good start in his bid to reclaim the IHRA Pro Stock points lead with a 6.77/204.85, which was good enough for the 9th spot. His teammate Tom Lee was the quicker of the two with a 6.744/206.57. This was good enough for the fifth spot. Both drivers improved in the final session with Cheek becoming the quicker of the two with a 6.698/206.92. Lee made a minor improvement with a 6.738. Cheek qualified seventh and will meet John Konigshofer. Lee was ninth and will meet Chris Holbrook in the opening stanza.

Super Eliminator

John Long-- Long didn't get off to the greatest of starts as engine woes slowed him to a 9.85/84.21. To his good fortune, there were only 14 entries present and he settled into the 12th spot. He failed to run again as the engine woes forced the team to withdraw from competition.

Larry Snyder-- Snyder may have announced his retirement, but he showed no immediate signs of quitting as he ran a 6.184/218.44, to settle into the second spot. He came out in the final session and had every intention of trying to be the first into the five-second zone. However, when he was shut down from a brief moment as officials checked the track for oil from the previous pair, it killed his momentum and forced him to settle with a 6.127/221.09. The run was good enough for the second spot and he is scheduled to face John Long in the first round.

Mark McElwee -- McElwee failed to have his fuel system prepared in enough time for the first session and as a result, opted to sit out the session. The problems were rectified in time for the final session and McElwee laid down a 6.448/211.93 to qualify solidly in the program in the fifth spot. He will face Jeff Chatterson in the first round of eliminations.

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Series Drag
Drivers Paul Romine , Mike Janis , Fred Hahn , Scott Weney , Johnny Rocca , Bruce Litton , Steve Smith , Ray Price , John Montecalvo , Ed Hoover , Shannon Jenkins , Al Billes , Troy Critchley , Von Smith , John Long