Rockingham Chris Holbrook; plenty happy to be racing

ROCKINGHAM, NC - Defending IHRA Pro Stock World Champion Chris Holbrook may have fell in the first round of eliminations, but at least he was there. Holbrook, 33, of Livonia, Mi., had the plug pulled on his championship-winning ride just weeks...

ROCKINGHAM, NC - Defending IHRA Pro Stock World Champion Chris Holbrook may have fell in the first round of eliminations, but at least he was there. Holbrook, 33, of Livonia, Mi., had the plug pulled on his championship-winning ride just weeks earlier following the season-opener. His fellow racing comrades pooled their efforts and insured that Holbrook would be there. He never let them down.

Holbrook still admits that the generosity afforded him by his fellow racers makes him feel good to be in a sport like IHRA drag racing.

"It makes me feel plenty lucky to be associated with people like Greg Moser, Ron Miller, the Rice Family and John Montecalvo," explained Holbrook. "I don't take anything for granted and I'll admit it, I was just happy to be in eliminations."

The outpouring of support provides an incredible story. Greg Moser offered the use of his spare Oldsmobile Pro Stock chassis for as long as needed. Rice supplied a Pontiac engine and transmission and transported the car to Rockingham. John Montecalvo produced a spare computer and any "odds and ends" the team might need. Precision Gear called to offer the team "whatever they needed" to compete. All made their offers with "no strings attached".

Holbrook qualified in the 16th spot and he faced Ron Miller, who pilots Greg Moser's flagship entry. Knowing very well that he was down on horsepower, the defending champion tried to nab the holeshot and fouled.

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Series Drag
Drivers John Montecalvo