Floyd Cheek Perfect In 1999, Two Finals and Two IHRA Pro Stock Wins ROCKINGHAM, NC-- His nickname might be the "Agitator", but Soddy Daisey, Tn.,-based, Pro Stock driver Floyd Cheek might want to consider a new moniker. The first name that...
Floyd Cheek Perfect In 1999, Two Finals and Two IHRA Pro Stock Wins
ROCKINGHAM, NC-- His nickname might be the "Agitator", but Soddy Daisey, Tn.,-based, Pro Stock driver Floyd Cheek might want to consider a new moniker. The first name that should come to mind would be the "Alligator" because the former World Champion just continues to eat up the competition among the IHRA factory hot rods. Cheek claimed his second consecutive victory at the Holley Spring Nationals over Jon Yoak. This is his first year driving for the two-car team of Charlie Hunt.
Cheek's teammate Tom Lee took Hunt's flagship Probe into battle and posted a 6.832/203.48 during the first qualifying session, ending up in the sixth. Lee's teammate pushed the number two United Brake Parts-sponsored, Probe too hard off of the line and encountered tireshake. He aborted the intial attempt and lifted for a 15.00/48. Lee continued to improve and reeled off a 6.815/205.10 and that completed his day in the 8th spot. Floyd improved for the second session, but still remained on the outside looking in with a 7.913.
Though Cheek struggled all day on Friday to make a straight run, he quickly figured out what was ailing the United Brake Parts-sponsored Ford during the third session and ascended to the third spot with a 6.727/207.70. Lee, who was already in the field improved to the 6th spot with a 6.766/206.18. The final session was not kind to Lee as he aborted the run and slowed to a 9.30/94. Cheek gained a favorable nod from the combination Gods and stormed to a 6.773/206.32. The former Pro Stock champion claimed the third position and was paired with Jeremy Bevins in the first round. Lee was the seventh quickest and was scheduled to meet Dwayn Rice in the opening stanza.
Cheek topped Bevins in the opening stanza and gained a free berth in the semis when Tim Nabors fouled.
Lee didn't make it as far in final eliminations as his teammate did. He holeshot Rice and outran him in the first round. But, in the second round, he strapped a holeshot on Chris Holbrook only to have the Ford pass him in the lights for a 6.77/205 to 6.80/204.
Both Yoak and Cheek left the line with nearly identical reaction times and it proved to be the better navigator of the Rockingham asphalt. Cheek took the win light with a 6.741/206.99, while Yoak finished runner-up with a 6.758/207.90.
The next event for the Universal Brake Parts team will be the rain-delayed IHRA Prolong Winter Nationals in Darlington, S.C., on May 8. Cheek and Lee, along with the rest of the Pro Stock contingent, will take assault on the Darlington International Dragway racing surface for the completion of the first race on the IHRA/Snap-On Tools Championship Series. All drivers will be afforded a time trial on Saturday, with eliminations slated to begin later in the afternoon.