Charlie Hunt Racing Leaves Early From IHRA CARQUEST Empire Nationals, Both Cheek And Lee Early Exits LEICESTER, NY.--- Beginning qualifying for the IHRA CARQUEST Empire Nationals the entire buzz in the pit area centered around the newly repaved...
Charlie Hunt Racing Leaves Early From IHRA CARQUEST Empire Nationals, Both Cheek And Lee Early Exits
LEICESTER, NY.--- Beginning qualifying for the IHRA CARQUEST Empire Nationals the entire buzz in the pit area centered around the newly repaved racing surface. Both of Charlie Hunt's drivers Floyd Cheek, and Tom Lee have begun the 1999 season with great success, and both drivers felt very confident about their chances for a win on the newly revamped facility. Cheek is a former event winner here at Leicester,and Lee is the most recent winner on the IHRA Pro Stock tour.
Instead, Hunt turned to one of his crewmen on the starting line and was overheard to utter, "That didn't take long." Both Cheek and Lee fell in the first round of competition at the IHRA CARQUEST Empire Nationals.
Hunt's Ford Probes fared well after the first qualifying session. Cheek was the quicker of the two as he posted a 6.812/204.29. Lee was close by with a 6.858/204.98. At the end of the first session, Cheek was 3rd and Lee was 7th. Rain washed out the second session on Friday.
Both drivers improved during their second qualifying attempts with Lee making the larger leap over teammate Cheek. Lee stepped into the third spot with a 6.719/207.56, while Cheek improved with a 6.771/206.48, but fell into the ninth spot. While most entries improved during the final session, Lee failed to improve with a 6.72/206.54 during the final session. Cheek leapfrogged his teammate with a 6.717/206.99. Cheek ended up in the 7th spot and was paired against Dwayne Rice in the first round. Lee ended up in the ninth spot and had to do battle against Doug Kirk in the first round.
Entering the first round both Lee and Cheek seemed to have everything in their favor, unfortunately the unthinkable happened. Lee had a very uncharacteristic redlight versus veteran Doug Kirk ending his day. Cheek moved into the water box to carry on the torch for the Charlie Hunt /Universal Brake Products race team. Thus, the unthinkable happened to Cheek he was defeated on a holeshot by Pontiac driver Dwayne Rice, ending the day of racing for the team.
The Universal Brake Parts-sponsored team plans to continue their championship conquest at the IHRA CARQUEST Northern Nationals in Stanton, MI., during the weekend of July 31 - August 2. The duo of Cheek and Lee, along with each Pro Stock contestant, will be afforded four qualifying runs during the course of the event and the quickest sixteen entries will compete in final eliminations on Sunday. This event will be televised on ESPN2 with the dates TBA in an upcoming issue of Drag Review.