The Majesty Homes Groundhog Warm-Up Kicks Off With Impressive Testing Runs!
DARLINGTON, S.C. (Wednesday, Feb. 17,1999) - The Majesty Homes Groundhog Warm-Up opened with competitive times produced by some of the International Hot Rod Association's top professional teams. Australian Troy Critchley was the quickest of the day as he piloted Johnny Rocca's "Tin Indian" 1933 Willys to a best elapsed time of 6.407 seconds at over 218 mph. The Pro Stock contingent were well represented and veteran driver Ron Miller proved to be the quickest of the factory hot rods by producing a 6.667 lap at over 207 mph. NHRA Pro Stock driver Tom Martino was the quickest of the 500-inch entries with a 6.967/194.93 in his Century21-backed Pontiac.
The quickest three Pro Modified entries following Critchley for Wednesday were: Mike Castellana (6.528/212.11--4.237 1/8 mile) Carl Moyer's '57 Chevy (6.559/210.32--4.259 1/8 mile) Ed Hoover's '63 Corvette (7.223/125.31--4.234 1/8 mile) The quickest three Pro Stock entries following Miller for Wednesday were: Steve Speiss' Monte Carlo (6.708/204.22--4.333 1/8 mile) Tom Lee's Ford Probe (6.705/206.70--4.339 1/8 mile) Dwayne Rice's Firebird (6.753/204.40-- 4.355 1/8 mile)
The Majesty Homes Groundhog Warm-Up Provides Pro Stock Horsepower Show. Critchley Hits 6.39!
(Thursday, Feb. 18,1999) - Rain may have hampered early morning testing at The Majesty Homes Groundhog Warm-Up, but once the clouds blew over and the racing surface was dried, many of the IHRA's elite doorslammers took assault on what has proven to be a formidable racing surface. John Montecalvo of Center Moriches, N.Y. proved to be the quickest of the Pro Stock entries as he hammered out a 6.650/207.46 in his Citgo-sponsored, Chevrolet Monte Carlo to record the quickest lap of the two days. Other second day leaders included Troy Crichley in Pro Modified with a 6.395/217.54 and Jim Yates paced the NHRA Pro Stock contingent with a 6.910/197.88. Jamey Emery was the quickest and fastest Top Fuel Harley on the grounds with a 7.323/186.02.
The quickest three Pro Stock entries following Montecalvo for Thursday were: Ron Miller's Pontiac (6.667/207.18) Steve Speiss' Monte Carlo (6.689/206.42) Chris Holbrook's Ford Probe (6.698/206.70). The quickest three Pro Modified entries following Critchley for Thursday were: Steve Vick's 1968 Camaro (6.485/213.21) Ed Hoover's 1963 Corvette (6.496/215.25) Mike Castellana's 1963 Corvette (6.528/212.11)
A respectable contingent of NHRA-sanctioned, 500-cubic inch Pro Stocks made the trek to Darlington for testing and the top three behind Yates were the Pontiacs of Richie Stevens (6.920/196.42), Tom Martino (6.964/196.07) and the Ford of Robert Patrick (6.981/196.33)
Pro Stock John Montecalvo-- 6.650/207.46 (4.296 1/8) Ron Miller-- 6.667/207.18 (4.310 1/8) Steve Speiss--6.689/206.42 (4.317 1/8) Chris Holbrook-- 6.698/206.70 (4.331 1/8) Tom Lee-- 6.705/206.70 (4.339 1/8) Stewart Evans-- 6.712/204.17 (4.332 1/8) Dwayne Rice-- 6.738/204.03-- 4.342 1/8 mile Floyd Cheek-- 6.896/163.36 (4.315 1/8) Jeremy Bevins-- 8.43/117.41
Pro Modified Troy Critchley-- 6.395/217.54 (4.159 1/8) Steve Vick-- 6.485/213.21 (4.206 1/8) Ed Hoover-- 6.496/215.25 (4.239 1/8) Mike Castellana-- 6.528/212.11 (4.237 1/8) Carl Moyer-- 6.559/210.32 (4.259 1/8) Ronnie Hood-- 6.636/209.83 (4.321 1/8) Shannon Jenkins-- 6.662/164.77 (4.177 1/8) Paul Rocco-- 6.815/196.50 (4.380 1/8) Steve Cossis-- Broke
500-inch Pro Stock Jim Yates-- 6.910/197.88 (4.436 1/8) Richie Stevens-- 6.920/ 196.42 (4.434 1/8) Tom Martino-- 6.964/196.07 (4.463 1/8) Robert Patrick-- 6.981/196.33 (4.487 1/8) Mike Thomas-- Shut-off Shawn Collins-- Shut-Off
Top Fuel Harley-Davidson
Jamie Emery-- 7.323/186.02 (4.784 1/8) Bob Malloy-- BROKE Rain Ends Testing Sessions For Friday, Race Scheduled For Saturday At Majesty Homes Groundhog Warm-Up
(Friday, Feb. 19,1999) - Heavy showers on Friday morning cancelled testing sessions for the third day of The Majesty Homes Groundhog Warm-Up. Early weather reports indicate that conditions will be favorable for the race tomorrow. Troy Critchley proved to be the quickest entry on the grounds as he pushed Johnny Rocca's "Tin Indian" 1933 Willys to a 6.395/217.54. John Montecalvo of Center Moriches, N.Y. was the quickest of the Pro Stock entries as he hammered out a 6.650/207.46 in his Citgo-sponsored, Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Jim Yates paced the NHRA Pro Stock contingent with a 6.910/197.88. Jamey Emery was the quickest and fastest Top Fuel Harley on the grounds with a 7.323/186.02. Spectacular finish concludes the Majesty Homes Groundhog Warm-Up. Pro Mod Final Concludes With Two-Car Crash!
(Saturday, Feb. 20,1999) - The Majesty Homes Groundhog Warm-Up ended in spectacular fashion. During the final round of the Pro Modified division, finalists Dale Brinsfield and Ronnie Hood became entangled in a two-car crash that effectively destroyed both cars. Hood was declared the winner as Brinsfield was disqualified for crossing centerline first. Both drivers emerged unscathed.
The Pro Stock division saw the high-profile IHRA Ford team of Stu Evans Motorsports make a clean sweep of the preseason test races when driver Chris Holbrook outreacted John Montecalvo and was able to fend him off with a slower elapsed time. Holbrook won with a 6.719/207.27 to Montecalvo's quicker 6.711/207.56 in the Citgo-sponsored, Chevrolet.
The special 500-inch, Pro Stock division was captured by former NHRA World Champion Jim Yates as he topped Mike Thomas in the finals. Yates had earlier ran a 6.88 for lane choice, but didn't have to labor hard as Thomas broke in the finals.
Top Fuel Harley-Davidson was also decided on a single run as newly inducted IHRA/ Screamin' Eagle contestant Steve Moore soloed in the final round when finalist Jamie Emery broke a transmission in the round prior. Moore was the quickest bike of the weekend with a 7.015/182.44.
This was the final preseason race before IHRA Prolong Winter Nationals, which
is scheduled to take place March 12-14 at Darlington International Dragway.
The three day event will feature qualifying on Friday and Saturday.
Eliminations for the 27th annual event will begin at Noon on March 14.