Norwalk Johnny Rocca Notes

NORWALK, OH -- Sometimes when it rains it pours. On a damp weekend marred by weather problems, Rocca's Iron Horse had some problems of their own. While still hampered by the latest IHRA rule revision the "Iron Horse team" came to norwalk with...

NORWALK, OH -- Sometimes when it rains it pours. On a damp weekend marred by weather problems, Rocca's Iron Horse had some problems of their own. While still hampered by the latest IHRA rule revision the "Iron Horse team" came to norwalk with High hopes of improving on their last outing at Stanton, where they made it to the semi-finals

After doing burnouts in downtown Norwalk and Critchley as promos for the Mopar Parts World Nationals, the team gathered enough traction to jet down the Norwalk Raceway Park racing surface for a 6.568/214.52 after the first day of qualifying. The car encountered some cosmetic damage after running off of the top end. Critchley came back on Friday with a 6.580/210.93, which was only good enough for the 19th spot.

Critchley improved on the previous day’s frustrations and made an impressive lap during the heat of the day, producing a 6.49/214. When a torrential downpour delayed qualifying, it insured that Rocca’s team would make their final attempt at almost 1 AM. Fate was not on their side as they failed to improve during the final session and was forced to leave Norwalk as a DNQ. The trusty Merc had kicked the rods out and slowed to a 6.99.

The Prolong Super Lubricants Iron Horse has made more than one heroic recovery in the past. Each time this team faces a set back it comes back stronger and more determined. This time will be no different; as the team will head home to recoup and make another run after an IHRA national event crown.

"We're frustrated and mad at the same time," explained Rocca. "But we are not discouraged by any means. We always find a way to follow up adversity with success. Maybe, this is another example of what's to come."

Rocca and Critchley are slated to return to competition at the IHRA PARTS PRO North American Nationals in Epping, NH, September 10-12. The Native American and Aussie duo, along with each Pro Modified contestant, will be afforded two qualifying attempts on Friday and another two on Saturday with final eliminations slated for Sunday. This event will be televised on ESPN2 with the dates TBA in an upcoming issue.

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