Leicester: Tommy Mauney final report

LEICESTER, N.Y. - Chassis builder Tommy Mauney opted for a super-charger this weekend replacing his nitrous-powered set up to compete in the IHRA CARQUEST Empire Nationals at New York Raceway Park. The event is the fifth on the IHRA Summit...

LEICESTER, N.Y. - Chassis builder Tommy Mauney opted for a super-charger this weekend replacing his nitrous-powered set up to compete in the IHRA CARQUEST Empire Nationals at New York Raceway Park. The event is the fifth on the IHRA Summit Drag Racing Series.

Mauney joined the always controversial and always out-numbered, blower fraternity with little success -- qualifying on the 'bubble' (no. 16 in a 16-car field), hanging on to the position after rain canceled the fourth and final qualifying session.

The converted nitrous-supporter faced top seed Quain Stott of Greenville, S.C. in the first round losing decisively to Stott. Mauney clocked a 6.627 second elapsed time at 220.10 mph against Stott's 6.385 / 221.23 run. The true margin of victory was 0.185 seconds, which in drag racing equates to an eternity.

In spite of his finish, the two-time IHRA Champion will not be giving up on the blower set up any time soon. "I love this engine," Mauney explained. "It didn't eat up a lot of parts and gets down the race track."

Mauney a staunch supporter of nitrous systems said he would race a blower car "when Hell freezes over" but said the IHRA event in Rockingham earlier this year changed his opinion.

"We felt like we were at the end of the rope in terms of our performance gains. I've been doing this since 1987 and the Parsons Brothers [Mauney's sponsor] have done it since 1991. The big performance gains are not there [in nitrous cars]. What really sealed the decision to switch was the event in Rockingham. I saw three blower cars run a 6.25 or a 6.26. I don't think a year from now that I could run that in a nitrous car. I'd venture to say in two years that I couldn't do that."

That was his thoughts before the new rule changes, which nailed him in the middle of his testing. His car now must run a 3-speed transmission, 4.57 gear and a weight addition of 50-pounds.

"This is not Pro Modified racing," explained Mauney. "This is restrictor plate racing for the supercharged entries. We went out there in the first round and took our caning like a good boy. I just hope that when we return the favor on down the road that we won't be penalized for it."

Tommy Mauney will head to Michigan Aug. 4-6 for the IHRA Northern Nationals at Mid-Michigan Raceway.

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Series Drag
Drivers Quain Stott