Montecalvo Drops Tough First Round Encounter Opposite Floyd Cheek BRADENTON, FL.--- The kitchen got real hot and John Montecalvo had to reluctantly vacate his spot in it. The veteran Pro Stock racer from Center Moriches, N.Y.,...
Montecalvo Drops Tough First Round Encounter Opposite Floyd Cheek
BRADENTON, FL.--- The kitchen got real hot and John Montecalvo had to reluctantly vacate his spot in it. The veteran Pro Stock racer from Center Moriches, N.Y., fared very well in early season testing in cooler climate of the Carolinas. It became evident that his refrigerator-white, Citgo Chevrolet isn't particularly fond of the hot and humid climate of Florida. That spelled a first round exit at the IHRA Amalie Oil Nationals in Bradenton, Fl.
During qualifying, Montecalvo found a baseline during the first session with a 6.784/204.87 and that put him into the ninth spot at the conclusion of the first round. The Citgo-sponsored, Chevrolet Monte Carlo repeated the feat as he posted another 6.78. Because of his failure to improve, he dropped to the tenth position. Montecalvo failed to improve during the initial Saturday session, but carded a 6.79/205.05 during the heat of the day. He slipped a few slots in the qualifying program to the 11th spot. The final session offered no reprieve as he was forced to lift with handling problems and fell to the 12th spot.
He was paired in the first round against former IHRA World Champion Floyd Cheek, who had lane choice. Montecalvo had the quicker reaction time and led Cheek for much of the race. However, the Ford passed him in the lights to card a 6.77/205.90 to 6.80/202.47 victory.
The next event for the Citgo team will be the IHRA Holley Spring Nationals in Rockingham, N.C., on April 9-11. Montecalvo, along with the rest of the Pro Stock contingent, will take assualt on the Rockingham International Dragway racing surface for the third race on the IHRA/Snap-On Tools Championship Series. Qualifying will begin with two sessions on Friday, followed by another two on Saturday. Final eliminations are slated to begin at noon on Sunday.