Rockingham Final Qualifying Reports

Rockingham Report - Final Qualifying Reports From The IHRA CARQUEST Autumn Nationals Top Fuel Bruce Litton-- After an oildown attributed to the pair of fuelers before him, Litton navigated the Rockingham Dragway racing surface for a 4.945/297...

Rockingham Report - Final Qualifying Reports From The IHRA CARQUEST Autumn Nationals

Top Fuel

Bruce Litton-- After an oildown attributed to the pair of fuelers before him, Litton navigated the Rockingham Dragway racing surface for a 4.945/297 lap. He was the third quickest going into the final session. His stock did not rise during the final session as the car spit out a blower belt and slowed to an off-pace lap. He ended up in the fourth spot and will face Steve Smith in the first round.

Paul Romine-- The defending World Champion was the second quickest fueler of the second session. He posted a 4.841/285.53 to slip into the second spot. The Clayton Harris-tuned, machine came back and blasted out a 4.717/297.52 to claim the second spot. The CARQUEST-sponsored, fueler will face Jack Ostrander in the first round.

Nitro Harley-Davidson

John Mancuso-- Friday's disappointments were greatly overshadowed by a tremendous performance on Saturday's opening performance. Mancuso stormed to a 6.745/208.59, which stood as fourth quickest of the session. He was unable to improve during the evening session and as a result, claimed the seventh spot. He will run Doug Vancil in the first round

Pro Funny Car

Scott Weney-- Weney sat out the third session in an attempt to conserve parts, resting on Friday's laurels. He came out during the evening session and failed to improve on Friday's run with a 5.99 lap. He claimed the third spot and will face Dave Burch in the first round.

Von Smith-- Smith came out during the third session and made a very respectable lap, although it didn't improve on Friday's effort. His 5.927/237.71 was good enough for the second spot in the Pro Funny division. He declined to run the evening session and ended up as the second qualifier and will face Mike Preslar in the first round.

Pro Modified

Wally Stroupe -- Stroupe continued his bid for improvement and was successful in his effort with a 6.474/217.18. He closed the third session as the 12th quickest entry. As the field improved, he was unable to record a better run during the final session and was bumped from the show.

Johnny Rocca/Troy Critchley-- Gremlins set in as ignition problems killed the engine as it rolled into the water box for the third session. As a result, they made no qualifying attempt during the third session. He still retained the third quickest seeding. Critchley was up for a severe case of deja vu' as he stormed to their quickest and fastest run of their career with a 6.272/220.31 for the top spot in the quickest Pro Modified field ever. He will face Carl Moyer in the first round.

Mike Castellana-- Castellana fared no better during the third session as he rattled the tires and was forced to shut off, coasting to a 9.134/88 lap. He saved his finest lap for the last session, but his 6.469/211.12 was only good for a brief berth in the field. He was eventually bumped from the program.

Dale Brinsfield-- Brinsfield didn't improve during the third session, posting a 6.487/217.44. He went into the final session as the eighth quickest. He stepped up during the final session with a 6.438/214.56. He laid claim to the 11th spot and will face Tommy Mauney in the first round.

Shannon Jenkins-- Jenkins failed to improve during the third session, but was consistent with a 6.490. He went into the final session as the 7th quickest. He appeared to be on course to hammering out his best lap of the weekend during the final run, but was forced to abort the run with mechanical failure. The Iceman was the 14th quickest qualifier and will meet Ed Hoover in the first round.

Ed Hoover -- Hoover continued his improvement and stepped up with a 6.445/218.71 during the third session. He went into the final session as the sixth quickest. However, he had no intentions of resting on earlier performances. The veteran driver stormed to a 6.359/220.42 to qualify solidly into the program. He was the 3rd quickest entry and will face Shannon Jenkins.

Tommy Mauney -- Mauney made an improvement during the final session with a 6.466/216.86. He went into the final session as the 10th quickest. He uncorked his quickest of the evening with a 6.359/220.42 during the final session. The Jeg's Mail Order-backed, driver ended up as the 6th quickest and will meet Dale Brinsfield in the first round.

Steve Vick-- Vick was hard pressed, during the heat of the day, to beat his Friday evening lap. However, he was impressive with a 6.489/216.97, which was good enough for fourth. He continued his improvement trend in the fourth session with a 6.390/220.10. Vick was the 5th quickest entry and will face Tim McAmis in the first round.

Pro Stock

John Montecalvo-- Montecalvo continued his dominance of the Pro Stock field by posting the quickest lap of the third session with a 6.713/201.70. He went into the final as the quickest entry on the qualifying list However, during the final session, Montecalvo appeared to be on a tremendous pass, but drifted out of the groove and aborted the run. He ended up as the second qualifier and will face Doug Kirk in the first round.

Charlie Hunt Racing-- Lee was the quicker of the two as he posted his finest lap of the weekend with a 6.703/207.80. Cheek fell off of his earlier pace with a 6.755. Cheek improved his status with a 6.721/207.08, good enough for the ninth spot. Lee failed to improve and ended up as the 5th quickest. In eliminations, Lee will face Bevins. Cheek will square off against Bob Holzer.

Super Eliminator

John Long-- Long made his first lap of the event with a 6.877/195.43 and that was good enough to secure the 12th spot. He stepped up during his last attempt with a 6.816/197.23, which was good enough for the 13th spot. He is scheduled to face Laurie Cannister in the first round.

Larry Snyder-- Snyder continued to improve his qualifying seeding with a 6.207/218.12, good enough for the third spot going into the final session. He stepped up with his quickest lap with a 6.179/217.47 on Saturday evening, good enough for fourth. He will face Todd Goodman in the first round.

Mark McElwee -- The third session for Mark McElwee opened with an interesting scenario. A new set of Goodyear slicks were on the car for this lap. However, a lengthy burnout proved to a costly affair as the right rear slick went flat. The final round provided an excellent scenario for the family-operated team as they came out loaded for bear. As the light flashed green, the front wheels went airborne and McElwee drifted dangerously close to the concrete barrier. He aborted the run and was still able to retain the top qualifying spot. He will meet Tori Cagle in the first round.

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Series Drag
Drivers Laurie Cannister , Paul Romine , Scott Weney , Johnny Rocca , Bruce Litton , Steve Smith , Doug Vancil , John Montecalvo , Ed Hoover , Shannon Jenkins , Tim McAmis , Troy Critchley , Von Smith , John Long