GRAND BEND, ONT.- Friday's pit notes from the inaugural IHRA Mopar Parts Canadian Nationals presented by Castrol courtesy of Harley Communications. Top Fuel Bruce Litton - The current points leader didn't have a good start at qualifying.
GRAND BEND, ONT.- Friday's pit notes from the inaugural IHRA Mopar Parts Canadian Nationals presented by Castrol courtesy of Harley Communications.
Bruce Litton - The current points leader didn't have a good start at qualifying. Litton made a solo pass due to nine entries in attendance and he appeared to be on a good pass until about the 1000-foot mark. It was at that point that he grenaded a motor and slowed to a 4.96/247. Since the run put oil on the racing surface, Litton's misfortune not only cost him in the wallet, but he also lost his run per IHRA rules. Since the run was disallowed, Litton will go into Saturday with no runs to his credit.
Screamin' Eagle Nitro Harley
John Mancuso - The former IHRA champion got off to a tremendous start by uncorking a tremendous lap for a track that is not accustomed to Nitro Harleys thundering down the race course. Mancuso jumped into the program and thundered down the track to a 6.565/212.26.
IHRA.com Pro Funny
Von Smith - The three-time Pro Alcohol Funny Car champion found a good combination to work off of in qualifying. The Oak Ridge, Tn.-based Smith wouldn't dare lift from a bout of tire shake and subsequently stormed to the second quickest lap of the day with a 5.959/237.52.
Scott Weney - The current points leader was hoping to capitalize on his points lead. However, those that knew Weney are very much aware that the former nitro flopper pilot likes to make a run good enough to get into the program in the early going. Weney remained true to form and slipped into the eight spot with a 6.067/231.12.
Mopar Parts Pro Modified
Johnny Rocca/Troy Critchley - After two events which shortened qualifying by rain, the Native American/Aussie duo hoped to avenge performances in a season that the team was expected by many not only to challenge, but to win the title. The team's 1949 Mercury burned the clutch up on the starting line when his opponent had problems staging. The team is currently unqualified with a 10.659/70.90.
Mike Castellana - Castellana had hoped to capitalize on momentum accrued with his quarter-final finish at the Holley Spring Nationals in Rockingham, NC. The veteran Pro Modified racer launched hard, but as the car veered towards the center-line, he wisely lifted. He ended the day as the 18th quickest with a 10.602.
Dale Brinsfield - Brinsfield is another one of the multitude of drivers in the class affected by the rain-shortened qualifying. The veteran nitrous racer got off on the right foot in his first career Canadian event with a 6.517/215.77. That run was good enough to claim the 12th spot.
Shannon Jenkins - The defending Pro Modified champion admitted that he underestimated the track in his first qualifying attempt. He was hoping to rebound from a dismal effort at Rockingham and was quick enough to get into the field with a 6.551/218.39. He is currently ranked as the 13th quickest.
Ed Hoover - This season's IHRA Winter Nationals champion got off to a good start in qualifying. The Trussell Motorsports team had a straight run and the run proved to be enough to earn a spot in the field. Hoover hammered out a 6.468/218.49 to claim the eighth spot.
Al Billes - The home province favorite desired a good show for his fans and emerged with just that. Billes, who has qualified on top of every event thus far this season, earned a place in the field after the first day. He ended up in the 10th spot with a 6.479/219.88.
Tommy Gray - Gray's run could have very well been quicker than it ended up being. His car sputtered right off of the line and then took off with all the intensity of a rocket. The Undertaker stormed to what could be viewed as an impressive 6.478/210.32.
Sunoco Pro Stock
Wally Stroupe - The Trim Parts Restoration Parts Monte Carlo had a mind of its own during the first round of qualifying. Stroupe launched hard and the car went out a bit and drifted towards the center before lifting. He lifted and coasted to a 13.24/63.49.
John Montecalvo - Montecalvo not only continues to establish himself as the quickest Chevrolet, but as the top Pro Stocker altogether. The Citgo-sponsored entry launched and went straight as an arrow with a 6.686/207.18. He currently reigns as the top qualifier in the division.
Floyd Cheek/Gene Wilson - The highly regarded two-car team of Charlie Hunt gave race fans an example of how evenly matched his cars are. Cheek and Hunt slipped into the eighth and ninth spots respectively. Cheek stormed to a 6.733/205.85, while Wilson, the son of noted pro fisherman Orlando Wilson, ended up ninth with a 6.740/207.03.
Chris Holbrook - The defending World Champion made his Canadian appearance with a Mustang that he formerly ran in Top Sportsman, just updated. A new Mustang is on the way from Jerry Haas, but the team thrashed endlessly to make this combination work. Holbrook got down the track in his first attempt as he produced a 7.072/200.49. However, he's unqualified at the moment.
Dwayne Rice - The veteran Pontiac driver earned a berth in his first attempt at the latest venue on the IHRA/Summit Series. Rice, the former Modified eliminator racer, ended up as the fourth quickest with a 6.691/206.65 blast from his Firebird.
Mick Snyder - The son of defending Pro Outlaw World Champion Larry Snyder had a tough choice to make for the weekend. Go to graduation or come drag race. A 6.139/220.85 in the first round of the wildly diverse eliminator pretty much answered the question. He stands as the quickest in the class after one day of qualifying.
Mark McElwee - The McElwee Brothers debuted their new Y2k Spitzer dragster with good results. On the first run in IHRA competition with the new digger, Mark leapt into the fifth spot within the eight-car field with a 6.450/218.34.
Laurie Cannister - The current points leader paced the Pro Outlaw program early in the session. However, a 6.160/222.22 in her Nicorette/Nicoderm CQ sponsored dragster eventually slipped to the second spot. She has scored the top qualifying spot at both completed IHRA events to date.