Chris Holbrook Fires First Shot Of 2000

BAYTOWN, TX. - If Chris Holbrook was looking to make fellow competitors aware of his intentions to dominate Pro Stock in 2000, one run proved to be a sufficient attention grabber. The defending Pro Stock World Champion was all smiles as he...

BAYTOWN, TX. - If Chris Holbrook was looking to make fellow competitors aware of his intentions to dominate Pro Stock in 2000, one run proved to be a sufficient attention grabber. The defending Pro Stock World Champion was all smiles as he exited the Stu Evans Motorsports, BASF-sponsored Ford Probe with a 6.574/211.36 blast to his credit during the first day of testing at the annual Pro Stock Super Bowl hosted by Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, Tx.

Holbrook was pleased with the run and feels that there's more to come.

"We loved that one," explained Holbrook, who on that run became the first Ford in the division to crack into the 6.50s. "The conditions here are incredible and we had our weakest motor in the car on that run. We fully expect to step things up as the test session goes on. We're going to give the Ford fans plenty to be proud of after this weekend."

Holbrook's finest run came in his third attempt. His previous two runs of the day netted a 6.603 and a 6.602.

According to the defending Pro Stock champion, the team was testing new wheelie bars in the early going. Butch Petersen dialed in the clutch to optimum settings for the third lap and the car responded in a positive way with the 6.57.

The team is still running the Ford Probe that netted them the championship in 1999. They are expected to take delivery of a new Mercury Cougar prior to the season-opening IHRA Winter Nationals in Darlington, SC.

Until then, the team is focusing on the task at hand in Baytown. The Stu Evans team boasts an impressive record at the reputed facility as they won the event in 1999 and likewise recorded an unheard-of 6.600 lap.

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