</pre> NORWALK, Ohio-Tommy Mauney continued his quest to tame the super-charged engine he swore he would never own at the 23rd annual IHRA Mopar Parts Nationals at Norwalk Raceway Park. He has now had a change of heart as he pushed Roy ...
</pre> NORWALK, Ohio-Tommy Mauney continued his quest to tame the super-charged engine he swore he would never own at the 23rd annual IHRA Mopar Parts Nationals at Norwalk Raceway Park. He has now had a change of heart as he pushed Roy Singleton's Majesty Homes 1941 Willys into a berth for final eliminations at the largest IHRA race on the Summit Drag Racing Series.
A renowned chassis-builder, Mauney is a leader in the Pro Modified class either competing or building the cars that win championships. Despite the fact that he built super-charged cars, Mauney has always been a staunch supporter of the carbureted, nitrous-injected power plant. He's quick to point out that he'll never want to go back.
After more than a decade of anti-blower thinking, Mauney has put his talents to work. And in his second event behind the wheel, the Shelby, N.C., resident is gaining momentum.
After a dismal showing in the early rounds of qualifying, Mauney clocked a 6.436 second elapsed time at 216 mph in his fourth and final attempt. This was good enough for number fourteen of the sixteen qualifying positions.
Round one of eliminations paired Mauney against Ed Hoover, winner of this years' IHRA Winter Nationals. Hoover left the starting line first and Mauney was unable to run him down recording a 6.503 / 216 effort to Hoover's 6.468 / 212 winning combination. The margin of victory between the pair was 0.088 seconds.
"We had a clean run and didn't hurt the motor," said Mauney. "I'm confident we're getting a handle on this blower motor and it won't be long until you see us in the winner's circle."
Mauney and the Majesty Homes-backed team will compete in Epping, N.H., Sept. 8-10 during the IHRA North American Nationals.