SHREVEPORT, La. - Qualifying Pit Notes from the IHRA Mopar Parts World Finals courtesy of CompetitionPlus.com in Shreveport, La. TOP FUEL Bruce Litton - Litton had a less than spectacular first day of qualifying, but he didn't let that affect...
SHREVEPORT, La. - Qualifying Pit Notes from the IHRA Mopar Parts World Finals courtesy of CompetitionPlus.com in Shreveport, La.
Bruce Litton - Litton had a less than spectacular first day of qualifying, but he didn't let that affect his performance on day two. Entering the second session of qualified on the outside looking in and immediately earned a berth with a 4.802/306.60. He saved his best for last during the Night of Fire and produced the quickest lap of qualifying with a 4.713/309.20. He will face Roger Dean in the first round of eliminations.
Terry McMillen - McMillen entered the second day of qualifying in the middle of the pack. He came out in Saturday's session in the 11th spot and quickly leapt three spots up the ladder with a 6.002/225.45. He maintained his status by improving in the evening session with a 5.980/234.49. McMillen concluded in the eighth spot and will run Ronnie Midyette in the first round.
Laurie Cannister - Cannister was still smarting from a wounded engine on the first day. The defending Pro Outlaw champion opted to sit out the first session on Saturday, conserving parts for the evening session. On her last attempt, she launched with the wheels up, but lifted mid-way into the run and coasted to a stop. She concluded qualifying in the 5th spot and will race Monty Todd in the first round.
John Vouros - Vouros has experienced consistency that would make a bracket racer jealous. In his first three runs in qualifying, he posted a 5.85 elapsed time. His final attempt netted a better fate as he reeled off a 5.845, 237.17 to land in the second spot. He faces Burl Brown in the first round and if he wins could gain the quarter-final bye run due to an uneven amount of cars.
Paul Athey/Johnny Rocca - The second day of qualifying for the Johnny Rocca-owned Ironhorse didn't provide an improvement, though it wasn't for lack of effort. Both launches resulted in wheels-up in the air, but were abandoned just past the 60-foot mark. He concluded qualifying in the sixth spot and will face Mitch Stott in the first round.
Alan Pittman - Pittman was a participant in the Mopar Pro Modified Shootout. In his first round of competition, he failed to improve on his qualifying status with a 6.346, although he defeated Ronnie Hood. The second round didn't count toward qualifying as he produced a 6.36 and lost against Shannon Jenkins. His final attempt netted a 6.279, 224.36. He ended up in the fifth spot and will meet Ed Hoover in the first round.
Ed Hoover - Hoover's second day was one he'd just as soon to forget. When it was reported that he had mechanical failure on Friday, the parts that actually littered the track was fiberglass that had shaken loose as a result of severe tireshake. He lost in the first round of the shootout opposite of Fred Hahn and when he failed to improve in the final session claimed the 12th spot. He will face Alan Pittman in the first round.
Chip King - King had a pretty good day on Friday. He hoped that it would rub off in Saturday's qualifying. He stepped up in the first session and nailed down a 6.306/223.76 to land in the seventh spot. He will face Michael Faucher in the first round.
Team Castellana - Jenkins experience a very good day on Saturday. He entered the day as the quickest nitrous-injected entry and was also scheduled to be part of the Mopar Pro Modified Shootout. In the first round, he posted an impressive 6.275 to win over Quain Stott. He failed to step up the qualifying ladder, but went another 6.270 in a run that didn't count in qualifying, but amounted to win against Alan Pittman in the semis. In the final round of the shootout, which also doubled as his final qualifying attempt, Jenkins stepped up with a 6.245/223.32, which put him in the third spot and provided a runner-up in the special program.
John Montecalvo - Montecalvo concluded one of the finest first days he has experienced this season. He remained in the 6.5-second zone all weekend and in the final session, he saved his best for last with a 6.579/210.83, which put him in the fourth spot. He will face Charlie Peppers in the first round.
Dwayne Rice - Rice entered the second day as the seventh qualifier. He failed to qualify on either Saturday qualifying pass as he posted a 6.654/209.52 in the final session. The Moser Engineering-sponsored driver retained his best time as a 6.645/209.56, which was the tenth quickest. He will face teammate Ron Miller in the first round of eliminations.
Gene Wilson - Wilson entered the second day of qualifying nursing his only motor after the team had earlier loaned their spare to fellow racer Brian Gahm. Because of this, the team elected to forgo the first session on Saturday. In the final session, he failed to improve, but posted his third 6.5-second run of the weekend. He retained the top spot and will meet Jerry Yeoman in the first round.