Gene Wilson Named Second Drive on Hunt Team

KINGSPORT, TN - Veteran Pro Stock team owner Charlie Hunt recently announced that Gene Wilson would be the second driver on his two-car team. Hunt, who was a former AHRA record holder, has appointed Wilson as the replacement for Tom Lee, who is...

KINGSPORT, TN - Veteran Pro Stock team owner Charlie Hunt recently announced that Gene Wilson would be the second driver on his two-car team. Hunt, who was a former AHRA record holder, has appointed Wilson as the replacement for Tom Lee, who is no longer with the team. Wilson joins former Pro Stock World Champion Floyd Cheek for the 2000 season in a tremendous two-car effort.

Wilson, who is the son of legendary professional fisherman Orlando Wilson, feels that joining the Hunt team will provide him with an excellent opportunity to gain knowledge of the sport by becoming a teammate of Cheek.

"Charlie Hunt's team provides an excellent example of professionalism," explained Wilson. "I look forward to the new challenge of joining this winning team. I am proud of what we accomplished on our own, but in teaming up with Charlie, it can only help us to improve."

Hunt is pleased to have the Wilsons aboard. He adds, "Both Orlando and Gene are people that I am proud to be associated with. I think we are going to work together real well and hopefully Gene or Floyd will bring us a championship."

The team is actively seeking major sponsorship, as they will no longer be associated with the Universal Brake Parts label. Don Smith Ford will return for another stint as associate sponsor.

Hunt's team will begin the season with both Jerry Haas and Rick Jones-built Ford Probes powered by Jon Kaase engines. Initially, it was discussed that the team would convert over to a Mustang and a Cougar in 2000, but the availability of the necessary carbon fiber parts might force the team to try a different avenue.

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Series Drag
Drivers Gene Wilson , Jerry Haas