Charlie Hunt Team Sets Class Record, Finishes Runner-up At EXPRESS Auto Parts.Com Presidentâ€™s Cup Nationals BUDDS CREEK, MD.-- Floyd Cheek had a clear objective when he came into the EXPRESS Auto Parts.Com Presidentâ€™s Cup Nationals. The...
Charlie Hunt Team Sets Class Record, Finishes Runner-up At EXPRESS Auto Parts.Com President’s Cup Nationals
BUDDS CREEK, MD.-- Floyd Cheek had a clear objective when he came into the EXPRESS Auto Parts.Com President’s Cup Nationals. The former Pro Stock World Champion was to win the race and hopefully secure his lost points lead. Things didn’t go as planned, but that didn’t mean it wasn’t a good weekend for the Kingsport, Tn.,-based, Charlie Hunt Team. In addition to Cheek’s final round runner-up, teammate Tom Lee secured the class elapsed time record.
Lee was the quicker of the two in the first qualifying session as he cranked out a 6.702/209.43. Cheek was impressive with his initial effort with a 6.737/207.27. The session ended with Lee as the fourth quickest and Cheek was 7th. The final session on Friday brought out runs of huge proportions. Lee fired the largest shot of all as he hammered out an unofficial class record with a 6.609/209.75. Cheek stepped up as well with 6.653/204.54 for the third spot.
Lee was the only one of the two to get down the track during the first session when he hammered out a 6.70/208.65 to solidify his place. Cheek had problems and was forced to lift and coast to a 11.06. The final session provided the same results as this time Lee backed up the elapsed time record with a 6.65/208.45 and that allowed him to retain the top spot. Cheek drifted out of the groove and was forced to lift during his final attempt. Lee earned the team their first pole position and met the Mopar of Johnny McClain in the first round. Cheek was fourth quickest and had to face Charlie Peppers.
Both drivers easily won their first round matches with Lee clocking a 6.752 and Cheek stepping up to a 6.724/206.64.
The quarter-finals saw Lee gain an automatic semi-final berth when Gene Wilson lit the red-light. Cheek set up a Hunt versus Hunt match when he also gained advancement from a Dwayne Rice foul.
There were no dives as Cheek and Lee staged an incredible match. The former points leader was quicker off of the line and it was enough to beat out the newly christened record holder by a 6.735/205.54 to 6.748/208.26 margin.
The finals matched the top two points earners, Cheek against Chris Holbrook. However, some transmission problems forced Cheek to lift handing the win to Holbrook.