Shreveport: Dwayne Rice race report

SHREVEPORT, La.-Pro Stock driver, Dwayne Rice, failed to qualify by the slimmest of margins at the 3rd annual IHRA Mopar Parts World Finals hosted by Red River Raceway. Rice missed the 16-car field by a scant one-thousandth of a second when ...

SHREVEPORT, La.-Pro Stock driver, Dwayne Rice, failed to qualify by the slimmest of margins at the 3rd annual IHRA Mopar Parts World Finals hosted by Red River Raceway. Rice missed the 16-car field by a scant one-thousandth of a second when Floyd Cheek bumped him from the show with only five cars left to qualify during the final session.

Rice began his weekend with a solid 6.758 at 205.16 mph on Thursday, which landed him in the No.8 spot after one round of qualifying. On Friday, the Grove City, Ohio-resident improved slightly during the second qualifying session. Rice ran a consistent 6.755/208.17 in his '99 Pontiac Firebird, but fell to 15th on the qualifying ladder by the end of the round.

Hoping to find some of the performance that had him running in the 6.60's two weeks ago, Rice came to the line as part of the first pair of cars for the final qualifying session. As soon as he left the line the car made a hard right turn and Rice was forced to lift, coasting to a 11.28/114. Angelo Alesci came up next and ran a 6.754, which was one-thousandth of a second quicker than Rice's 6.745. The Ohio racer now had to sweat out the rest of the qualifying session sitting on the bump spot.

Fourteen cars went down Red River Raceway before Floyd Cheek ripped a 6.65, which qualified him in the No.4 position and bumped Rice out of the show. After qualifying on the top half of the ladder for the quickest field in Sunoco Pro Stock history two weeks earlier, the DNQ at Shreveport was a bitter disappointment for Rice. The 28-year-old will now head to Rockingham for the running of the rain-delayed IHRA CARQUEST Autumn Nationals, November 4-5.

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