No. 8 All-Time Driver Leads Pro Mod Lineup for Rock’s Original Super Chevy Show
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. – (Sept. 24, 2019) In a world of shameless self-promoters, Shelby’s Tommy Mauney is a refreshing contradiction.

Although he is an accomplished chassis builder, a member of the North Carolina Drag Racing Hall of Fame and the only driver other than fellow Carolinian Rickie Smith to have won major championships in both the Pro Stock and Pro Modified categories, you won’t hear any of it from Mauney.

He prefers to let his accomplishments speak for themselves.
“I’d just as soon remain on the sidelines or in the back of the room and watch things unfold,” Mauney said. “I’ve heard all the bragging (from) those who talk, but if you do well, the world will know.”

The world certainly knows Mauney whose avoidance of the limelight didn’t keep from recognizing him as the No. 8 Pro Modified driver of all time. He’ll try to add further to his legend Saturday when he competes in the Carolina Xtreme Pro Mod Series as part of the Original Super Chevy Show at Rockingham Dragway.

Adult admission is $40 for the three-day weekend. Saturday only admission is $25; Sunday only is $20. Kids 6-12 are $5 daily and children under six are free when accompanied by a ticketed adult. As always, there is free parking in Rockingham Dragway’s main lot.

Sharing the big stage with the Carolina Xtreme Pro Mods will be Terry Rosberg’s 300 mile-an-hour jet dragster, an all-Chevy swap meet, a Chevy car corral, bracket racing in four classes and the biggest Chevy car and truck show in the Carolinas.
The owner of TM Race Cars, Mauney won the IHRA “Mountain Motor” Pro Stock championship in 1990. Five years later, he won in Pro Modified, halting Scotty Cannon’s four-year reign of terror in the IHRA series.

Nevertheless, the veteran derives just as much pleasure from winning smaller events like the one this weekend.

“It’s the fact of being competitive that fuels the thrill,” Mauney said. “I found out that it’s just as hard to win a Quick Eight event as it was (to win the Darlington) Nationals in 1995. I don’t agree that the competition isn’t as tough. The same principle applies – you have to get after it if you want to win.”
Mauney will be “getting after it” on a track on which he has made a lot of history. When he won the Top Sportsman title at the IHRA’s 1987 U.S. Open Nationals at Rockingham, he became the first ever winner in a car using a nitrous oxide power adder and he did it in an Opel GT which bears absolutely no resemblance to his current 1969 Chevy Camaro.
Furthermore, the last time the Xtreme Series ran The Rock, in May of 2018, it was Mauney who celebrated in the winners’ circle after beating Salisbury’s Tony Wilson.

Although he is one of the favorites, Mauney comes in occupying only fourth place in points behind Chris Rini of Carmel, N.Y., Smithfield’s Jay Cox and fellow Halll of Famer Charles Carpenter of Charlotte.

Among other contenders will by Dewayne Silance, the resurgent Jacksonville hog farmer and service center operator, who is coming off a Carolina Xtreme series victory last June in Dunn.

A two-time former IHRA Top Sportsman Champion (2000 and 2002) and the PDRA Top Sportsman champ in 2017, Silance also is a four-time champion in the Extreme Outlaw Pro Mod Series in his familiar red ’69 Camaro.

Pro Mod qualifying sessions for Carpenter, point leader Chris Rini of Carmel, N.Y., fellow Hall of Famer Tommy Mauney of Shelby, Dewayne Silance of Jacksonville and others are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and 12 noon Saturday with elimination rounds at 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.