Stanton Report Final Qualifying Reports From The IHRA CARQUEST Northern Nationals Top Fuel Bruce Litton-- Litton was conservative in his first session and still managed some top-end tire smoke. He pedaled the Indiana-based, Top Fueler to ...
Stanton Report Final Qualifying Reports From The IHRA CARQUEST Northern Nationals
Bruce Litton-- Litton was conservative in his first session and still managed some top-end tire smoke. He pedaled the Indiana-based, Top Fueler to a 5.238/264.03 to end the first session as the eighth quickest entry. The final session offered improvement, but Litton had cause to be uneasy. The pair of fuelers before him oiled down the track and after a lengthy delay, he catapulted his digger down a lukewarm track in comparison to the pair that ran before him. He managed a 5.090/287.78 to end up on the bubble. Litton is scheduled to face Don Lampus in the first round of eliminations.
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John Mancuso-- Mancuso stepped up in a big way on Saturday as he produced an impressive 6.891/200.40. The run catapulted him into the second spot following the second session. He failed to improve during the final session with an aborted 7.54 elapsed time. He dropped one spot in the qualifying order to third and is scheduled to face points nemesis Doug Vancil in the first round.
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Scott Weney-- Weney continued to improve as he hot-lapped a 6.095/230.65 to step up to the fourth spot during the third session. He ended his final session with a 6.113 elapsed time, which didn't move him up in the order. He claimed the sixth spot and will face Paul Noakes in the first round.
Von Smith-- Smith elected to not run either of Saturday's qualifying sessions. He retained the top spot and will face Steve Ruda in the first round of eliminations.
Wally Stroupe -- Stroupe stepped up on Saturday during the third session and carded a 6.562/212.96, good enough for the sixth spot. He bettered his cause in the final session with a 6.538/213.91 and claimed the eighth spot and will face Harold Martin in the opening round.
Johnny Rocca/Troy Critchley-- The third session offered no reprieve for Critchley as he wounded a motor en-route to a 6.736/208.81. The team changed motors between sessions. However, the engine never got to reach its full potential as his final qualifying round foe Billy Harper crossed over into his lane. The team was granted a re-run and that afforded them the opportunity to post a 6.605/215.82, good enough for the 16th spot. He will face Fred Hahn in the first round.
Mike Castellana-- Castellana jumped into the field during his third attempt with a 6.602/208.17 and secured the 13th spot. During the final attempt, Castellana launched hard only to slip out of the groove and run close to the center-line. He wisely lifted and coasted to a 8.19/107. He qualified in the 15th spot and will face Dale Brinsfield in the opening round.
Dale Brinsfield-- Brinsfield took advantage of cooler conditions on Saturday to step up to a 6.577/207.46 to secure the 10th spot following the third session. The final session saw Brinsfield become the first Pro Mod into the 6.4-second range and led early qualifying with his 6.466/215.75 lap. It marked the first time that Brinsfield has ever led qualifying in a 1999 IHRA/Snap-On Tools event. His effort was bettered several pairs later and he fell to the second position. He will meet Mike Castellana in the first round.
Shannon Jenkins-- Jenkins continued his improvement and stepped up to a 6.524/213.64 to remain the quickest nitrous entry in the Pro Mod division. However, he slipped to the second qualifying position. With his stock falling to quicker final attempts by the other Pro Mods ahead of him, Jenkins stepped up with a 6.476/214.43 to land in the fourth spot. He will meet Gary Shearer in the first round.
Ed Hoover -- Hoover continually refined his efforts during the third session with a 6.579/212.13, which claimed the 11th spot. He failed to improve during the final session with a 6.63 elapsed time. He finished in the 14th spot and will face Steve Vick in the first round of eliminations.
John Montecalvo-- Per IHRA rules, Montecalvo had to make his third lap in the tricky left lane. It was not kind to him as he drifted out of the groove, but managed to correct and storm to his quickest of the weekend, a 6.844/202.97. He went into the final session as the fourth quickest entry. The veteran driver became the first entry of the weekend to dip into the 6.7-second range and led qualifying early in the session with a 6.776/203.86. He qualified in the second spot and is scheduled to face Doug Kirk in the first round.
Charlie Hunt Racing-- Floyd Cheek was the first driver of the two Hunt cars to run and he improved with a 6.885/202.30, good enough for the 10th spot. Tom Lee complimented his teammate with a 6.845/203.22 to step up to the 6th spot. Both cars squared off in the final session in a classic side-by-side run. Cheek was the quicker of the two with a 6.839/203.79 and Lee trailed 6.846/204.79. Cheek finished in the seventh and will run Gene Wilson in the first round. Lee was the ninth qualifier and will meet Dwayne Rice in the opening round.
John Long-- Long entered Saturday's qualifying with every intention of improving on his previous day's efforts. He reached his objective in the third session with a 6.698/202.09. He went into the final session as the 13th qualifier. The veteran printer got bumped out and in a last ditch effort produced enough to record a 6.585/206.23, good enough for the 14th spot. Long will face Scott Ray in the first round of competition.
Larry Snyder-- Snyder stumbled during the third attempt and his run was disallowed when he rolled the beams before the tree was activated. His failure to step up and the improvement of Dave Price relegated him to the second spot going into the final session. He ran a 6.289/216.38 during the final session, but was not enough to improve his position. Snyder claimed the second spot and is scheduled to face John Vourous in the first round.
Mark McElwee -- McElwee stepped into the Super Eliminator show with a 6.545/210.67 in his Spitzer dragster. The Powershield-sponsored driver had some problems during the final attempt and was forced to lift with a tremendous wheelstand. He claimed the 10th spot and is scheduled to face Ed Lyons in the first round.