Mike Castellana Rockingham Post-Race Report

ROCKINGHAM, NC -The sleek, black "Greased Lightning" '57 Chevy of Mike Castellana was on a mission at the IHRA's Holley Spring Nationals at Rockingham Dragway. While his Fifties-look "Mike's Drive In" served up fun to the race fans in the pits,...

ROCKINGHAM, NC -The sleek, black "Greased Lightning" '57 Chevy of Mike Castellana was on a mission at the IHRA's Holley Spring Nationals at Rockingham Dragway. While his Fifties-look "Mike's Drive In" served up fun to the race fans in the pits, Castellana had his shoebox performing like a thoroughbred out on the track.

Castellana, from Westbury, NY, ran a solid 6.423 to position his Tim McAmis-built hot rod in the 10th position after rain cut the qualifying to just two runs. In Sunday's first elimination round, Mike was scheduled to meet #7 qualifier, and perennial Pro Mod tough-guy, Tommy Mauney.

In what could be considered an upset of sorts, Castellana thundered straight down Broadway, clocking an outstanding 6.386/221.20, as Mauney suffered handling trouble and shut down before half track.

In round two, Mike staged 'Greased Lightning' up against the Summit-sponsored '53 Corvette of fellow New Yorker Fred Hahn, who was looking to back-up a record-shattering 227 mph run registered in the first round. Castellana experienced some problems after launching the car, and coasted through the top end while Hahn went on to set a new world record.

The veteran from Westbury, NY., was extremely pleased with his car, and his team's performance all weekend, however, and is looking forward to the season's next race, the Mopar Parts Canadian Nationals presented by Castrol, scheduled for Grand Bend Motorplex in Canada the weekend of June 2-4.

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Drivers Fred Hahn