Darlington Chris Holbrook Final Report

DARLINGTON, SC - If drag racing awarded extra funds for a relentless effort, then Chris Holbrook would have been going home to Livonia, Mi., with full pockets after his first round match with Steve Speiss. Holbrook, who drives the...

DARLINGTON, SC - If drag racing awarded extra funds for a relentless effort, then Chris Holbrook would have been going home to Livonia, Mi., with full pockets after his first round match with Steve Speiss. Holbrook, who drives the BASF-sponsored Ford Probe of Stuart Evans, covered every square inch of the left lane in his first round loss.

Holbrook knows that another driver might have lifted, but he felt that he could have driven through the mid-track handling woes. He might not admit it, but the prospect of losing the first round of the first event in his title defense season was something that he didn't want to happen.

"I really didn't want to lose that one," explained Holbrook. "My crew works hard and I owe it to them to exercise every option that I have on the race track. Losing wasn't an option. But, I had to accept it."

This was a disappointment for Holbrook, who was also the defending event champion and qualified 11th on the weekend. He outreacted Speiss and led him until half-track when the Ford got out of the groove. That allowed Speiss to score the win with a 6.688/207.59. Holbrook lost with a 6.991/201.73.

The next event on the IHRA/Summit schedule will be on April 7-9, at Rockingham Dragway for the Holley Spring Nationals.

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