Gilliam, LA - With just one race left on the IHRA/Summit Drag Racing Series' 2000 schedule, defending Sunoco Race Fuels Pro Stock Champion Chris Holbrook is currently holding down fourteenth spot in the points, and all things considered, he's pretty darn happy to be there. After a series of early season catastrophes cast serious doubts on his very ability to continue racing this year, successfully qualifying for the last four events in a row has done wonders for the Redford, Michigan driver's attitude.
With the help of racer/builder Jerry Haas and the Luckett-Bohanon team, Holbrook has had the use of their new 2000 Ford Mustang since the CARQUEST World Nationals, held at Norwalk Raceway Park in August. From that point on, Chris and his crew have been working overtime to learn as much as they can from the Haas-built machine, as one just like it is earmarked for delivery to Holbrook sometime this winter.
At the past weekend's Mopar Parts World Finals, held in Shreveport, LA, Holbrook continued to get the Mustang dialed in, running a best of 6.725/208.75 to place himself fourteenth in the field. But not everything is getting easier for Chris. While he's been struggling to get his rhythm back, the competition has been making some major advances. And one of these top guns is Holbrook's "sometimes benefactor, most times nemesis" Ron Miller, who rolled up beside Chris for the first round of eliminations.
It was all over at the starting line, as championship contender Miller cut a great 0.427 light, and posted a winning 6.693/209.37 to Holbrook's 6.762/207.56 at the top end. Despite the loss, however, the most important thing to note is that Holbrook had the opportunity to move into the elimination phase for the fourth race in a row. And in this game, consistency is consistency, and Holbrook's team knows it. This is actually a major step forward as they look ahead to the 2001 season, and their own new car.
And with one more race to go this year, the rescheduled CARQUEST Autumn Nationals at Rockingham on November 4&5, Holbrook has one last opportunity to cap off his return to competitive form this season. Its been said many times this season that Chris Holbrook is relentless in his pursuit of excellence; that being the case, you can rest assured that he and his team will put everything they have into closing out the 2000 season in a manner befitting the defending champions.