Tommy Mauney Joins Supercharged Ranks

It's Official, Tommy Mauney Switches To Supercharger. Debut Slated For Mopar Parts Canadian Nationals SPARTANBURG, SC - It's official. Hades has now frozen over. In a move that has shocked the Pro Modified world, veteran nitrous-injection ...

It's Official, Tommy Mauney Switches To Supercharger. Debut Slated For Mopar Parts Canadian Nationals

SPARTANBURG, SC - It's official. Hades has now frozen over. In a move that has shocked the Pro Modified world, veteran nitrous-injection advocate Tommy Mauney has made a 180-degree turn and will now do battle in a supercharged, alcohol-burning powerplant. The two-time IHRA World Champion has purchased two engines from Alabama Pro Modified racer Joey Moore, who was the first in the division to clock a three-second eighth-mile pass.

The move was one that Mauney felt that he needed to make in order to remain competitive in the division.

"Someone told me a long time ago that when they felt like they lost their advantage in racing, that's when they quit," explained Mauney. "I felt like I had lost mine. If I can get out there and feel like I have a little more power than what I have now, I will be very much content."

Mauney, who know drives a 1941 Willys for the Parson's Brothers out of Lenior, NC., says that while most of the supercharged entries will do battle with a swing-arm chassis, he feels that the four-link set-up has much potential. Mauney cites that Moore's 3.98 in a four-link vehicles gives him enough motivation to stand behind the move.

Mauney isn't scared of the switch. He admits there's some apprehension towards getting to drive the car for the first time.

"I don't even know how to crank one of these things," laughs Mauney. "But we will figure it out. I'm not scared. I'm very apprehensive as to what it is going to be. I will admit that I am looking forward to it."

He's scheduled a test session next week with the location and time being very tight-lipped for obvious reasons.

Mauney is subject of an in-depth interview in the latest issue of CompetitionPlus.com, a bi-weekly e-zine devoted to drag racing. He gets more in depth about his decision to switch.

Has his switch to a blower motor been a positive?

Mauney explains, "I've already signed four match races in two days. You be the judge."

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