King Makes Another Attempt To Put Hemi At Front Of Pro Modified Field STANTON, Mi. - Chip King understands that drag racing is ten percent skill and ninety percent luck. The sophomore Pro Modified racer from Semora, N.C., wouldn't mind having...
King Makes Another Attempt To Put Hemi At Front Of Pro Modified Field
STANTON, Mi. - Chip King understands that drag racing is ten percent skill and ninety percent luck. The sophomore Pro Modified racer from Semora, N.C., wouldn't mind having that equation adjusted just a bit. In his best words, "I just can't get a break."
While the Indy Cylinder Heads-sponsored King may seem to be singing the blues, the fact remains that he cannot get a break.
Three of his last four outings have given him good reason to feel that way. At a Pro Modified exhibition in Bristol, Tenn., the former mountain motor Pro Stock racer wounded a motor after a first round win and undertook the difficult task of changing out motors, only to miss the call for semi-final competition by three minutes.
The misfortunes followed him across the border into Canada for the IHRA Mopar Parts Canadian Nationals. After a lengthy rain delay that kept the completion of the first round of elimination until 5 PM, King matched up against points leader Mike Janis. Janis rolled the beams and left the red bulb glowing. King launched hard and just past the sixty-foot mark, the car lunged right and crossed the centerline drawing a disqualification. Once again, he was the victim of parts failure.
His latest outing in Leicester, N.Y., ended the one bright streak that had been fueling King for much of the season. Of all the Pro Modifieds that have run on both the exhibition scene as well as the IHRA Summit series, King could only helplessly watch parts failure and the inability to run up to potential cause his streak of qualifying for every Pro Modified event come to an end.
As the tour rolls into Stanton, Mi., for this weekend's CARQUEST Northern Nationals, King says he's mad as heck, and not going to take it anymore.
"Yeah, I'd like to think I have some kind of control over fate," explained King. "The fact of the matter is that we are all at the mercy of fate and the sooner we all realize that, the better we are. I'm just going to head to Michigan and be ready to do our best. Whatever happens, happens, but I'll be ready to give it my best."
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