GRAND BEND, Ont. - Some days you end up being the statue and others you're the pigeon. Then some days you end up embarrassing yourself. Chip King, the veteran Mopar Pro Modified racer from Semora, N.C., captured a first round win against a ...
GRAND BEND, Ont. - Some days you end up being the statue and others you're the pigeon. Then some days you end up embarrassing yourself. Chip King, the veteran Mopar Pro Modified racer from Semora, N.C., captured a first round win against a red-lighting Mike Janis during the IHRA Mopar Parts Canadian Nationals, but then gave it away as he violated the center-line rule by going for lane choice.
King admitted that he was coming to the line ready to rumble and was not aware that his opponent fouled.
"I guess it looks as if I shot myself in the foot," King explained, smiling after announcing his engagement to girlfriend Wendy during qualifying. "The fact of the matter is that I was looking at the good air and I was looking to lay down a run. I knew we were going to need a six-teen to win on the round. It may have looked to be greedy, but I don't know how to race conservative. It looks bad, but it was just a prime example of bad luck."
He didn't have the best of luck in qualifying. King, the driver of the Hemi-powered Dodge R/T, didn't get off to the start that he hoped for. The former mountain motor Pro Stock driver apparently missed the clutch and had shifting problems at mid-track. He coasted to a 7.112, 140.66, and is on the outside looking in after the first day of qualifications.
King's Hemi-powered Avenger has provided a bright spot for Mopar Pro Modified fans. He had no luck in his first Saturday attempt. The Mopar failed to make a run when the car broke a reverser and would not engage following the burnout. He entered the final session unqualified. It went down to the final attempt for the prototype engine-powered for a place in the final eliminations field. He launched hard and stormed to a 6.376, 221.62 to land in the 13th position.
After a lengthy rain delay that kept the completion of the first round of elimination until 5 PM, King matched up against points leader Mike Janis. Janis rolled the beams and left the red bulb glowing. King launched hard and just past the sixty-foot mark, the car lunged right and crossed the centerline drawing a disqualification.
He'll get a chance to improve on this weekend's shortcomings in two weeks at the IHRA Amalie Oil Summer Nationals in Cordova, Ill. This event will mark his first year in the Pro Modified division.