Tommy Mauney ready to pick up at Darlington

DARLINGTON, SC - The last time Tommy Mauney ran in an IHRA Pro Modified event, he was in a state-of-mind known as a "zone" as described in the sandlot basketball movie, "White Men Can't Jump." Actor Wesley Snipes described a "zone" as a mood in...

DARLINGTON, SC - The last time Tommy Mauney ran in an IHRA Pro Modified event, he was in a state-of-mind known as a "zone" as described in the sandlot basketball movie, "White Men Can't Jump." Actor Wesley Snipes described a "zone" as a mood in which the particular player could do no wrong and his actions mirrored it. Mauney might not be a proficient basketball player, but as a Pro Modified driver, he's been a zone more than once in his career.

The two-time IHRA professional World Champion most recently was in a flawless state at the 1999 Mopar Parts World Finals in Norwalk, Ohio. Mauney was untouchable as he not only qualified on top of the field, but went on to win the event and set the nitrous world on fire with the quickest and fastest ever lap, a 6.306.

Mauney remembers that day very well.

"It seemed like whatever direction we went into, just worked perfectly," explained Mauney. "Some days you are the pigeon and some days you are the statue. That day was one of our best and I truly cannot explain why it was."

Mauney closed the season as the fifth ranked driver in the Pro Modified division.

Prognosticators have been looking at a developing trend. In the past, every five years, Mauney has won a world championship. He won his first crown in Pro Stock in 1990 and added a second in 1995 within Pro Modified.

Mauney will make his 2000 season-opening national event debut at the IHRA Prolong Winter Nationals this week, March 9 -11 in Darlington, SC. The event will be televised on TNN.

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