GRAND BEND, ONT. - Dwayne Rice held no secrets going into the IHRA Mopar Parts Canadian Nationals. He made it perfectly clear that he wanted to make his way into the Winner's Circle at the first IHRA sanctioned event in Canada since 1992. His...
GRAND BEND, ONT. - Dwayne Rice held no secrets going into the IHRA Mopar Parts Canadian Nationals. He made it perfectly clear that he wanted to make his way into the Winner's Circle at the first IHRA sanctioned event in Canada since 1992. His actions nearly assisted him in achieving his objective. However, his bid was stopped short in the quarter-finals.
The Inaugural Canadian event gave Rice the opportunity to better his season record. With a pre-season runner-up at the CompetitionPlus.Com Groundhog Warm-up, Rice went into the official IHRA season wound for success. Rice took a quarter-final finish at the Prolong Winter Nationals and a first round loss at the Rockingham Holley Spring Nationals. Things were looking good for the Ohio-based team as qualifying came to an end Saturday night.
Rice took a good starting position in Friday's qualifying, posting a 6.691/206.65, good for the fourth spot. Saturday, Rice bumped up to third position with a 6.648/207.70 run in the second round. Intent upon making the numbers better, Rice went out in the final attempt Saturday night, but fell just short of his expectations. Rice went on the ladder for the first round against Angelo Alesci.
Prepared to make the first round a win, Rice took a great starting line advantage with an almost perfect reaction time. Through the quarter-mile, Rice took the win on a 6.743/206.42 run. This pitted him against one of the toughest Pro Stock competitors for round two, John Montecalvo.
Rice never underestimated the power Montecalvo exhibits, and went for the holeshot. Montecalvo didn't underestimate Rice either, and with almost identical reaction times, the race was on. Side-by-side, the GM Pro Stocks fought the good fight, but Montecalvo barely squeezed the win light. Rice went out in the quarter-finals by thousandths of a second.
Rice will avenge this close loss as the IHRA returns to Cordova, IL, June 17th and 18th for the Amalie Oils Summer Nationals. More information on the Rice Team can be found on their website at www.riceracing.com.