ROCKINGHAM, NC - After a promising off season for the Ironhorse team, including several team bests, the Ironhorse team seems to followed by a dark cloud as of late. The Pro Modified team of Johnny Rocca and Troy Critchley were hoping for a change...
ROCKINGHAM, NC - After a promising off season for the Ironhorse team, including several team bests, the Ironhorse team seems to followed by a dark cloud as of late. The Pro Modified team of Johnny Rocca and Troy Critchley were hoping for a change of luck and a return of performance at the 35th annual Holley Spring Nationals Presented by Castrol GTX IN Rockingham, NC.
Critchley, at the wheel of the famed Ironhorse 1949 Mercury, was unable to get into the field after his first attempt, He was forced to back out of it and save the car as it headed for the wall. After the first round of qualifying, Critchley's 6.725 lap was only good enough to put him in the 27th spot. The team was able to step up in the second session, with a 6.658. The step was not big enough though and the car still seemed to have handling problems, leaving the team in the 29th spot after two rounds of qualifying. Once again they fell short of the bump. To make matters worse the cloud that has been following the team since the pre-season CompetitionPlus.com Groundhog Warm up in Darlington, decided to open up, forcing IHRA officials to end qualifying for the second race in a row. Leaving Native American Aussie duo out of the field again.
With more than a month off till the next IHRA race look for the Ironhorse team to do a lot of testing before the Inaugural Mopar Performance Parts Canadian Nationals in Grand Bend Ont. Canada.
Rocca already has plans to take an early trip to the Great White North, this May 19th - 21st and compete in the Canadian Drag Racing Series season opener, in Cayuga, Ont., Canada.