Stott Reaches Quarter-Finals At IHRA World Finals
SHREVEPORT, LA. -- Quain Stott completed one of the most interesting seasons that he has ever encountered. The veteran driver from Inman, S.C., will quickly attest that his 1998 tour had more ups and downs than an amusement park rollercoaster. However, he is much pleased that he managed to keep a top ten points standings streak intact following a quarter-final finish at the IHRA World Finals.
"Sometimes, they say racers are either lucky or they are good," explained Stott. "If that is the case, then I must be good, because If it weren't for bad luck, we'd have no luck at all. We just didn't win when we needed to win and that hurt us this season. I guess I need to find a rabbit's foot somewhere."
The Bug Eater sponsored, 1963 Corvette hoped to change the fortunes of its driver Stott at the Red River Raceway hosted event. He has qualified well, but the tendency to struggle early in eliminations has always been a factor. At the World Finals, he roared to a personal best and in doing so garnered the fifth qualifying spot with a 6.462/218.30. That unofficially paired him opposite Harold Martin.
When only 15 entries returned for the makeup, he was then moved in the ladder against Fred Hahn. He became a hero in the nitrous camp by disposing of the blown entry in the first round. However, he shot himself in the foot in the second round. He fouled away a career best 6.412/218.94 against Ed Hoover, who shook the tires and was forced to shut-off.