Rockingham Report - Day 2 Qualifying Reports from IHRA Holley Spring Nationals Wally Stroupe -- Stroupe elected to sit out the third session in his Trim Parts-sponsored 1963 Corvette. He was still feeling the affects of an appendectomy just a...
Rockingham Report - Day 2 Qualifying Reports from IHRA Holley Spring Nationals
Wally Stroupe -- Stroupe elected to sit out the third session in his Trim Parts-sponsored 1963 Corvette. He was still feeling the affects of an appendectomy just a week earlier. He admittedly used a lot of his personal strength to run on Friday. However, Stroupe stormed back during the final session and reeled off a 6.464/217.07, for his quickest lap of the weekend. He qualified sixth and will face Fred Hahn in the first round of eliminations.
Johnny Rocca/Troy Critchley-- Critchley was in the first pair to run during the Pro Modified first session on Saturday. He got a little out of the groove at mid-track during the run but corrected enough to post a 6.454/217.28, which catapulted him into the 4th spot early in the session. He maintained his status going into the final session and, as the final Pro Modified of the session fell short of improvement during the final session in the Prolong-sponsored, 1949 Mercury. He settled into the fourth spot and will face Carl Moyer in the first round.
Jamie Emery-- Emery began the session in the sixth position. But, when the pace quickened, he fell to the first alternate position before he made a pass in the third session. With a 6.99 bubble lighting the scoreboard, the Colton’s Point, Md.,-based rider fell .011 short with a 7.001/187.18 and remained in the first alternate position. He was in the first pair of bikes to travel the quarter-mile during the final session, but was unable to improve and carded a 7.158/193.79. Emery was the second alternate at the end of the session.
John Montecalvo-- Montecalvo sat in the number two spot in qualifying for about one minute after a previous driver bumped him down. The Citgo-sponsored driver stormed back to reclaim his top spot during the third session with a 6.712/207.08. He continued his dominance of the Pro Stock qualifying at Rockingham, but failed to improve during the final session. He ran a 6.749/207.08 and claimed the top spot in the program on the strength of his third session lap. Montecalvo is scheduled to face Bob Holzer in the first round of eliminations.
Mike Castellana-- The Western Beef-sponsored 1957 Chevy of Castellana was in the field, but a 6.559/213.01 during the third session didn’t improve his status. He entered the final round in the twelfth position and failed to improve during the final session. Castellana maintained status in the program and qualified his shoebox in his first-ever IHRA Pro Modified program. He settled into the 15th spot and will face Steve Vick in the first round.
Scott Weney-- Weney covered the quarter-mile at Rockingham by running two miles. The veteran driver drifted out of the groove and made a beeline for the left lane retaining wall. He corrected and a 5.959/238.03 flashed on the scoreboards, which was nothing short of amazing. He came to the starting line with every intention of improving on his status, but was forced to abort with tireshake. He finished in the fourthposition and is scheduled to meet James Libby in the first round of eliminations.
Dale Brinsfield-- Brinsfield made a straight and clean pass in the Dylan Mortgage-sponsored, 1968 Camaro, but failed to improve on the previous evening’s run. He posted a respective 6.508/215.93, but did not improve. He went into the final session in the ninth spot and improved his cause with a 6.483/217.33. That better run enabled him to commandeer the ninth spot despite a vastly improved session. He will face Ed Hoover in the first round of eliminations.
John Mancuso-- Mancuso finally got his new bike on the right path as he roared to a 6.794/207.23 during the first Saturday session. The run intially put him in the third spot. He ran a 6.81/211.21 during the final session and his failure to improve inevitably bumped him down to the fourth spot. He is scheduled to meet Ray Price in the first round of eliminations.
Von Smith-- Smith was sitting in the burnout box when Mark Thomas carded the 5.95 to knock the Big Daddy’s Pontiac down to the third spot. The defending IHRA Pro Alcohol Funny Car champion ran the opposite lane and immediately struck the tires with severe tireshake. He fell to the fourth spot. A last minute decision was made to run the final session and the second guess was a correct one as Smith posted the quickest run of the event with a 5.896/239.74. He claimed the top spot in the Pro Alcohol Funny Car program and is scheduled to meet Herb Rodgers in the first round of eliminations.
Shannon Jenkins-- Jenkins had the misfortune of having to sit in his car as the car before him left debris on the track. He had fallen to the 13th spot before making the first run. The “Iceman” struggled during this session as well with a 6.691/211.36. The final session offered somewhat of a reprieve as Jenkins ran his quickest with a 6.530/214.38. He ended qualifying in the 13th spot and will face Billy Harper in the first round of eliminations. The ironic thing about their pairing is that Harper is running a leased motor from Jenkins.
Charlie Hunt Racing-- Cheek struggled all day on Friday to make a straight run, but figured out what was ailing the United Brake Parts-sponsored Ford during the third session and ascended to the third spot with a 6.727/207.70. Lee, who was already in the field improved to the 6th spot with a 6.766/206.18. The final session was not kind to Lee as he aborted the run and slowed to a 9.30/94. Cheek gained a favorable nod from the combination Gods and stormed to a 6.773/206.32. The former Pro Stock champion claimed the third position and will face Jeremy Bevins in the first round. Lee was the seventh quickest and will meet Dwayne Rice in the opening