Epping Report- Day 1 Qualifying Reports From The IHRA CARQUEST Autumn Nationals Top Fuel The Top Fuel dragsters make their qualifying runs on Saturday per IHRA procedures that have limited the nitro-burning dragsters to two ...
Epping Report- Day 1 Qualifying Reports From The IHRA CARQUEST Autumn Nationals
The Top Fuel dragsters make their qualifying runs on Saturday per IHRA procedures that have limited the nitro-burning dragsters to two qualifying attempts.
John Mancuso-- The defending World Champion didn't get off to a good start in qualifying. It all started with the burnout when the bike didn't perform a good burnout. The lack of tire heat didn't seem to affect Mancuso off of the start as he launched hard. However, as the bike drifted left to the center-line and he was forced to lift momentarily. He got back into the throttle and scored an off-pace 8.115, good enough for the first alternate spot.
Pro Funny Car
Scott Weney-- Weney came out with a bang in the first session. He hurriedly made it to the staging lanes for the first session and never missed a beat in churning out the quickest lap of the session with a 5.985/234.37. He elected sit rest on his laurels of the day and did not run the second attempt.
Von Smith-- Smith usually comes out in qualifying and scores the quickest lap of all Pro Funny Cars and loads the car, not to run the rest of the day. However, during the first session, he rattled the tires and was forced to abort his first run. He made up for his earlier shortcomings during the second session and was the quickest of all with 5.913/237.40.
Wally Stroupe -- Stroupe opened qualifying with a 6.508 and that was enough to put him into the initial qualifying program at the ninth seed. He failed to improve during the second attempt and lifted, coasting to a 9.149 elapsed time. Stroupe was 14th quickest.
Johnny Rocca/Troy Critchley-- Critchley came out in the first qualifying session hoping to pick up where he left off at in Epping. His combination was much tougher than Rockingham could handle and rattled the tires, forcing him to pedal to a 6.599. He was the third alternate after the first session. The Australian was much better in the second session with a 6.426/217.65. He ended the day as the third quickest.
Mike Castellana-- Castellana was determined to improve on his Epping DNQ, but it didn't come on his first attempt. He aborted the run early and was left to improve during his second attempt. The second attempt was much better as Castellana cranked out a 6.546/214.59. He was still on the outside looking in as the second alternate.
Dale Brinsfield-- Brinsfield's first run was an interesting one. He made the program with a respectable 6.523 elapsed time, but the real shock of the event was a 227.15 mph blast. The speed was declared a bogus one as Shannon Jenkins followed with a 230 mph blast. The elapsed time was retained, but the speed was dropped from all in the category for that session. He improved during the evening session with a 6.463/217.44. He was the eighth the quickest.
Shannon Jenkins-- "The Iceman" Jenkins was the second quickest nitrous entry of the first session with a 6.455. He remained consistent, but failed to improve on the prior run with a 6.470/217.44. He was the sixth quickest at the end of the day.
Ed Hoover -- Hoover had a respectable baseline run with a 6.515 during the first session of qualifying. He was one of the many that improved during the final session with a 6.460/219.45. He was the seventh quickest.
Tommy Mauney -- Mauney showed off his Jeg's livery with a 6.470 lap in his classic Corvette during the first session. He was the fourth quickest and that proved to be a mark that he couldn't improve on during the second session. Mauney closed the day with a 6.482/217.60, good enough for the 10th.
Steve Vick- The three-time 1999 finalist was the fifth quickest with a 6.473 during the first session. He improved during the second session with a 6.442/219.94, good enough for the fourth spot.
John Montecalvo-- Fresh off of his win at Epping, Montecalvo came out during the first session with every intention of continuing his hot laps. He wasn't the quickest of the first session with a 6.748/205.29, good enough for the fourth spot. The North American Nationals champion made up for it during the second session with a 6.695/208.09. He ended the day as the quickest qualifier.
Charlie Hunt Racing-- Hunt's two car team was in the thick of qualifying with the first day of qualifying. Floyd Cheek was the quickest of the two with a 6.738/205.43, good enough for the second spot. Tom Lee was the 5th quickest with a 6.750/207.90. During the second session, Cheek hammered out a 6.751 and Lee stepped up tremendously with a 6.705, good enough to take the second spot. Cheek dropped to 7th.
John Long-- Long made no qualifying runs on Friday.
Larry Snyder-- Snyder didn't come out with his full muscle in the first round and as a result, posted a 6.497 to lay claim to the fifth spot. He stepped up in normal fashion during the second session with a 6.286/215.93, good enough for the 6th spot.
Mark McElwee -- File this in the making a good first impression department. McElwee came out during the first qualifying session and hammered out a 6.164/218.55, good enough for the early pole position. He sat out the second session and still retained the spot.