STANTON, MI. - When Charlie Hunt made the decision to field a two-car Pro Stock program, it yielded the kind of results that many would have expected. Veteran driver Floyd Cheek finished in second in the points chase and former driver Tommy Lee...
STANTON, MI. - When Charlie Hunt made the decision to field a two-car Pro Stock program, it yielded the kind of results that many would have expected. Veteran driver Floyd Cheek finished in second in the points chase and former driver Tommy Lee enjoyed a top five finish. However, the face of the team changed as they headed into the 2000 season. Lee departed and in came another respectable driver to replace him. Gene Wilson, son of veteran professional bass fisherman Orlando Wilson, was given the nod.
If Hunt and his driving duo have learned one thing, the sophomore jinx always makes it around at sometime or another. However, good news looms on the horizon, maybe the jinx is over. A double quarter-final finish at this weekend's CARQUEST Northern Nationals hosted by the Mid-Michigan Motorplex in Stanton, MI. is a good start.
"This has been a good experience for me," explained Wilson, who ranked seventh in the Pro Stock points headed into Stanton. "This is a great group of people to be associated with and I have no doubt that we gel more and more with each outing. It has been tough at times this season, but I've always felt that anything good is worth putting up with the frustrations for."
Frustration is something that Cheek can relate to. He began last season with a bang by reaching the finals of the first five events and winning three times. This season, he didn't capture his first round victory until June.
He's broken through the barrier and ran strong at the Northern Nationals before having to lift in a tough match opposite Wally Stroupe. Wilson seems to have a good handle on the testy Mid-Michigan racing surface before crossing paths with eventual winner Jerry Yeoman.
In both instances, Hunt's entries qualified in the top half of the field. Cheek was the quick of the two as he landed in the fifth spot.
The next stop for the Charlie Hunt team will be at the Mopar Parts World Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio. Qualifying begins on Wednesday, with one session per day until Saturday. Final eliminations are slated for Saturday.