Chris Holbrook to bring old Probe to Darlington

DARLINGTON, SC - There just aren't enough hours in one day when it comes to racing. However, that's not enough to deter Chris Holbrook. The 33-year old, defending Pro Stock World Champion from Livonia, Mi., was planning to debut a new Mercury ...

DARLINGTON, SC - There just aren't enough hours in one day when it comes to racing. However, that's not enough to deter Chris Holbrook. The 33-year old, defending Pro Stock World Champion from Livonia, Mi., was planning to debut a new Mercury Cougar at the season-opening IHRA Prolong Winter Nationals this weekend in Darlington, SC, but fell victim to unavoidable delays in getting the parts to finish the unique creation.

Does that mean he won't be in Darlington?

Heck no. He'll be there with bells on. Holbrook, who drives for the BASF-sponsored, Stu Evans Motorsports team, will call upon the trusty Probe that he whipped the Pro Stock field into submission in 1999. He claimed five national event wins en-route to claiming his first title.

"We're just not eager to rush anything," explained Holbrook. "We've learned that patience is a virtue in this sport. The Cougar will be complete in due time. There's nothing wrong with the Probe. It's still an excellent piece of machinery. We're just trying to retain this title and in doing so, one must always stay ahead of the Joneses as they say."

Holbrook has fond memories of the Winter Nationals. Last season, he broke Floyd Cheek's undefeated streak and scored his first career national event victory at the rescheduled event in Darlington.

Holbrook immediately predicted after the win that he'd win the balance of the races for the 1999 season.

"Big mistake," he laughs. "The reporter caught me after I had time to celebrate a little. Next time, I think I'll find them first and then celebrate."

Holbrook 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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