Grand Bend: John Montecalvo thrashes hard, reaches finals

GRAND BEND, ONT. - John Montecalvo admitted that he always wanted the IHRA to venture into Canada. After watching his performance at the IHRA Mopar Parts Canadian Nationals hosted by the Grand Bend Motorplex in Grand Bend, Ca., we now know why....

GRAND BEND, ONT. - John Montecalvo admitted that he always wanted the IHRA to venture into Canada. After watching his performance at the IHRA Mopar Parts Canadian Nationals hosted by the Grand Bend Motorplex in Grand Bend, Ca., we now know why. The veteran Pro Stock racer from Center Moriches, NY., pushed his Citgo-sponsored Monte Carlo to his second final round appearance of the 2000 season.

"My crew worked hard all of this weekend," explained Montecalvo. "I am extremely proud of them and it's a refreshing feeling to do as well as we are this year. I'm disappointed that we haven't won a national event this year so far, but that's okay, it will come in time."

Unofficially, Montecalvo leads the points chase for the first time in his drag racing career.

Montecalvo ended qualifying as the sixth quickest with a 6.657/208.28.

Eliminations opened for Montecalvo with a match against Ford racer Carl Baker. The veteran Pro Stock driver made quick work of the rival manufacturer as he overcame a slightly quicker reaction and thundered by for the win with a 6.676/207.61.

He then used a 6.699/207.70 to beat fellow GM racer Dwayne Rice.

The semis featured two Chevrolets and two Fords. The Chevrolets prevailed and Montecalvo insured that as he beat Tom Lee, piloting a Mustang.

The finals provided a rematch of the 1999 North American Nationals when Montecalvo scored his first career victory. This time it was Miller's turn and Montecalvo accepted the runner-up slot.

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Series Drag
Drivers Dwayne Rice , John Montecalvo