STANTON, MI.- New York State's Pro Stock powerhouse John Montecalvo had two weeks more than he probably wanted to think about his chances of gaining some ground on points leader Ron Miller, all thanks to Mother Nature. With qualifying completed at...
STANTON, MI.- New York State's Pro Stock powerhouse John Montecalvo had two weeks more than he probably wanted to think about his chances of gaining some ground on points leader Ron Miller, all thanks to Mother Nature. With qualifying completed at the CARQUEST Northern Nationals at Mid Michigan Motorplex back on August 4, the final day of competition was rained out. The Center Moriches, NY.-based asphalt company owner returned for unfinished business today.
By virtue of his third runner-up finish of the season at the previous event in Leicester, NY, Montecalvo had moved his Citgo-sponsored Monte Carlo into second spot in the points standings, just 33 behind Miller. So he knew how important a good effort at the rescheduled finals this weekend in Stanton were. A strong finish on his part would have made the race for the championship very interesting indeed.
Unfortunately, Montecalvo will have to 'wait 'til next time' to make a move, as he fell victim to the 'second best' lane in the first round of today's elimination. Facing Jon Yoak's Mustang, the match-up between one of the meanest Fords in the class and one of the meanest Chevrolets promised to be a slugfest.
But the left lane had been giving drivers problems all day, and unfortunately #14 qualifier Montecalvo was no exception. He and Yoak left the line with identical .474 reaction times, but Montecalvo soon ran into trouble, slowing to run through the traps at 6.956/187.81, in the bumpy left lane. The resulting early trip to the sidelines ended any hopes the team may have had for a shot at Miller, at least until the next event at Norwalk Raceway Park.
Montecalvo's chances of taking a legitimate shot at the championship this year remain strong, however. At the very least, John wants to improve on 1999's third place finish. IHRA Pro Stock racing is highly competitive, and John Montecalvo is undoubtedly one of the top guns in the category. Look for him to be one of the guys stirring things up long before the dust settles in the quest for this season's gold.
The next stop for the Citgo-sponsored entry 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.