Rockingham Friday Report

Rockingham Report - Day 1 Qualifying Reports from IHRA Holley Spring Nationals Wally Stroupe -- Stroupe had intended to sit out the IHRA Holley Spring Nationals after having emergency surgery last Thursday. However, his desire to chase the world...

Rockingham Report - Day 1 Qualifying Reports from IHRA Holley Spring Nationals

Wally Stroupe -- Stroupe had intended to sit out the IHRA Holley Spring Nationals after having emergency surgery last Thursday. However, his desire to chase the world championship led him to Rockingham. He impressed many as he came out in the heat of the day and carded a 6.515/215.36 that ended up second. The former Pro Am Nationals Top Sportsman titlist came back in the final session and improved with a 6.480/214.89. He ended the day in the fifth spot.

Johnny Rocca/Troy Critchley-- Crtchley was in the first pair of Pro Modifieds to roll out for the first session and eased his way into the field with a conservative 6.608/212.16. He eventually fell to the bump spot at the end of the session. The air condition did not favor the blown contingent, but Critchley stepped up with a 6.553/213.62 during the evening session. That run completed his day in the 13th spot.

Jamie Emery-- The Top Fuel Harley-Davidsons only make one run on Friday and Emery made the most of his attempt. The Colton’s Point, Md.,-based rider scored a 7.068/190.27 and that put him in the 6th spot after the first session.

John Montecalvo-- Montecalvo flew the banner for the “Bowtie Brigade” in the Pro Stock division as heposted a 6.741/205.24. His run was the quickest of the round by .05 and was the initial leader. He continued to flex his muscles and steeped up during the cooler conditions of the Friday evening session with a 6.735/204.91 and remained in the top spot.

Mike Castellana-- After failing to make the show at Darlington and Bradenton, Castellana posted a 6.615/208.67, which was excellent for a baseline run. But, he fell to the first alternate status. The Westbury, N.Y.,-based racer improved greatly in his Western Beef-backed, 1957 Chevy to a 6.537/212.66 to end up in the eleventh spot.

Scott Weney-- Weney paired against Von Smith in the first session and the two scored an impressive race. Weney outqualified Smith despite producing identical 6.030 elapsed times. The tale of the tape was a quicker mile per hour for Weney (233.28). He failed to improve during the Friday evening session, but remained atop the program.

Dale Brinsfield-- Brinsfield showed no phobias after his preseason mishaps as he blasted out a 6.592/212.55 to make the initial qualifying lineup, slipping into the 12th spot. The Dylan Mortgage-sponsored entry was among the large portion of entries that stepped up in the finals as he carded a 6.492/217.65 to end the day in the 7th spot.

John Mancuso-- The frustration continued for Mancuso after the first session. The Houston, Tx.,-based, Harley dealer encountered bouts of tire-shake and smoke to post a 7.482 at 197.58 lap. He is currently the second alternate for an eight-bike field.

Von Smith-- Smith pushed the Big Daddy’s Pontiac to a 6.030/229.33, which fell short of the identical elapsed time of Scott Weney. He claimed the second spot ahead of arch-rivals Mark Thomas and Jimmy Rector. He failed to improve during the evening session and remained second in qualifying.

Shannon Jenkins-- Jenkins made his presence known as he made a straight and true run in the Parsons Brothers 1941 Willys. The “Iceman” hammered out a 6.545/218.33, which was good enough for the sixth spot. He was one of the few that failed to improve during the Friday-evening session and slipped to the 12th spot.

Charlie Hunt Racing-- Tom Lee took Hunt’s flagship Probe into battle and posted a 6.832/203.48 for the first session, ending up in the sixth. Lee’s teammate pushed the number two United Brake Parts-sponsored, Probe too hard off of the line and encountered tireshake. He aborted the intial attempt and lifted for a 15.00/48. Lee continued to improve and reeled off a 6.815/205.10 and that completed his day in the 8th spot. Floyd improved for the second session, but still remained on the outside looking in with a 7.913.

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Series Drag
Drivers Mark Thomas , Scott Weney , Johnny Rocca , John Montecalvo , Shannon Jenkins , Troy Critchley , Von Smith