Darlington Gene Wilson; leads charge for the new boss

DARLINGTON, SC - Here's an idea to make a good impression on your new boss. Take his number two race vehicle and run relentlessly until you make it to the semi-finals of competition. That's exactly what Gene Wilson did in his debut at the IHRA...

DARLINGTON, SC - Here's an idea to make a good impression on your new boss. Take his number two race vehicle and run relentlessly until you make it to the semi-finals of competition. That's exactly what Gene Wilson did in his debut at the IHRA Prolong Winter Nationals in Darlington, SC. for the two-car team of Charlie Hunt.

Wilson, who hails from Canton, Ga., was seeded as the ninth quickest qualifier. He stopped Jerry Yeoman in the first round and later bettered Dwayne Rice in the quarters on a holeshot.

His race day ended in the semis against eventual winner Steve Spiess when he was forced to abort his run.

Wilson's teammate Floyd Cheek made the field in the 15th spot.

Cheek didn't fare too well in his first round match opposite of Dwayne Rice, despite a quicker reaction time. The black and flamed Probe drifted out of the groove and that was the edge that Rice needed to slip by for the win. The former champion from Soddy Daisy, Tn., opted to save his machine for another day and aborted the race.

For the latest in Charlie Hunt's IHRA Pro Stock team, as well as the latest IHRA news, visit www.competitionplus.com.

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Series Drag
Drivers Gene Wilson , Dwayne Rice , Steve Spiess