Gateway: King qualifying

MADISON, Ill. - Chip King failed to improve on his Friday runs, but that's okay he didn't need to. King, 38, of Semora, N.C., now holds the honor of being the only Pro Modified driver in the NHRA exhibitions to have qualified for every event this...

MADISON, Ill. - Chip King failed to improve on his Friday runs, but that's okay he didn't need to. King, 38, of Semora, N.C., now holds the honor of being the only Pro Modified driver in the NHRA exhibitions to have qualified for every event this season. King's Hemi-powered Dodge R/T made the Sears Craftsman Nationals field with a 6.333, 221.23.

King entered the final day of qualifications as fourth quickest. He feels honored to be in the position that he's in now.

"This makes me feel good," explained King, a former mountain motor Pro Stock racer. "We were trying some new stuff there in the end and didn't improve. I would have liked a little more of a comfort zone but I'll be content with this for now. Hopefully we can win this thing tomorrow."

The weather conditions were less than admirable for the early session on Saturday, but that didn't stop King from pushing his Bill Barrett-tuned machine to a close proximity run. His 6.394, 222.47 failed to improve his status, but the failure of anyone else to step up also secured his position headed into the fourth and final attempt.

He added a new supercharger, but the move failed to provide any improvement in the final session.

King will meet Dan Rowe in the first round of eliminations. His best finish in the Indy Cylinder Heads-sponsored Mopar is a semi-final outing in Bristol.

-HC

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