Charlie Hunt, same enthusiasm, new season at Darlington

DARLINGTON, SC - This is going to be an interesting year for Charlie Hunt. The veteran car owner, who campaigns two IHRA Pro Stock Fords, witnessed his team score four national events in one season and score a runner-up in the final points ...

DARLINGTON, SC - This is going to be an interesting year for Charlie Hunt. The veteran car owner, who campaigns two IHRA Pro Stock Fords, witnessed his team score four national events in one season and score a runner-up in the final points standings. He's hoping to finish one place higher with at least one of his two hired guns.

Hunt employs former Pro Stock champion Floyd Cheek as his lead driver and most recently added Gene Wilson, the upstart driver who is the son of professional fisherman Orlando Wilson. He's confident that his duo of factory hot rod drivers will bring in success during the 2000.

"We know what our game plan is," explained Hunt. "We want to go out there and give it our best. Pro Stock is going to be tough this year, but I'm confident that we'll do well. It might take a little bit for Floyd and Gene to gel into common drivers, but it is going to happen. They are on a good road towards that."

Hunt, a former AHRA record holder, will be bearing the brunt of the financial burdens associated with the team. They are running as an independent team as they opted not to renew their contract with last year's sponsor Universal Brake Parts.

The team will make their 2000 season-opening national event debut at the IHRA Prolong Winter Nationals this week, March 9 -11 in Darlington, SC. The event will be televised on TNN.

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Drivers Gene Wilson