ROCKINGHAM, NC-- John Mancuso took an interesting path to the Winner's Circle at Rockingham Dragway. The Houston, Tx.,-based, Harley-Davidson dealer went from hero to zero to hero again. Mancuso combined consistency and hard work to capture his...
ROCKINGHAM, NC-- John Mancuso took an interesting path to the Winner's Circle at Rockingham Dragway. The Houston, Tx.,-based, Harley-Davidson dealer went from hero to zero to hero again. Mancuso combined consistency and hard work to capture his first win of the 1999 season at the IHRA Holley Spring Nationals in Rockingham, N.C., over Steve Moore. Throw in the fact that he celebrated his 49th birthday during the event and one has the makings of a sweet victory.
Mancuso didn't get off to a good start in qualifying. The Houston, Tx.,-based, Harley dealer encountered bouts of tire-shake and smoke to post a 7.482 at 197.58 lap. He fell to second alternate status for the eight-bike field.
He finally got his new bike on the right path as he roared to a 6.794/207.23 during the first Saturday session. The run intially put him in the third spot. He ran a 6.81/211.21 during the final session and his failure to improve inevitably bumped him down to the fourth spot. He was paired opposite of Ray Price in the first round of eliminations.
Mancuso had to overcome a Price holeshot and posted a 6.819/203.80 to win his first-ever round of competition in 1999. He scored a huge win in the second round as he strapped a holeshot on points-leader Doug Vancil, by a 6.771/207.61 to 6.764/211.81.
Mancuso was paired opposite newcomer to the IHRA/Screamin' Eagle Series Steve Moore. Moore was the first rider out of the gate, but had to lift with mechanical problems. Mancuso never faltered and eased to the victory with a conservative 7.083/197.45.
Mancuso plans to run a 19-race schedule for 1999 and likewise plans to defend championships earned under both the IHRA/Screamin' Eagle Banner and ADBA sanction. He continues his 1999 IHRA/Screamin' Eagle title defense at the IHRA Amalie Summer Nationals in Cordova, Ill., June 18-20. Each contestant will be afforded three qualifying runs during the course of the event and the quickest eight bikes will compete in final eliminations on Sunday. This event will be televised on ESPN2 with the dates TBA in an upcoming issue of the IHRA's Drag Review magazine. However, the defending World Champion has unfinished business in Darlington, S.C., where he must return on May 8 for the rain-delayed Prolong Winter Nationals. Mancuso and all qualifiers will be afforded one time trial run and eliminations are slated to begin later in the afternoon.