Empire Nationals John Montecalvo Report

Montecalvo Continues To Stand As Quickest Chevrolet In IHRA Pro Stock LEICESTER, NY.-- There's nothing frustrating than to pass an opponent and then have a part that priced less than $5 fail you and costs you a certain victory. Such was the...

Montecalvo Continues To Stand As Quickest Chevrolet In IHRA Pro Stock

LEICESTER, NY.-- There's nothing frustrating than to pass an opponent and then have a part that priced less than $5 fail you and costs you a certain victory. Such was the case with Center Moriches, N.Y.,-based, Pro Stock driver John Montecalvo. The Citgo-sponsored, Monte Carlo had quickly overcome a slightly quicker reaction time from opponent Jeremy Bevins. He had caught the Ford pilot at the 330-foot and headed for certain victory when the motor stopped accelerating. The culprit? The throttle linkage broke and as a result Montecalvo could only watch his foe slip by for victory.

"It's just an unfortunate part of JM Racing," explained an obviously dejected Montecalvo. "The car ran up until the 1,100-foot mark and the progressives indicated that the car was on par to card a 6.71 lapsed time.

The most exciting part of the first round match between the two gave credence to the notion that the two drivers are developing into a rivalry. Both Montecalvo and Bevins sat in the pre-stage beams for nearly two minutes in a classic Pro Stock burndown. Bevins was the first to budge and staged first. Montecalvo agreed that it's a good natured rivalry that is good for the class. By the reaction of the crowd, the crowd echoed his sentiment.

"The last time, I went in first," laughed Montecalvo. "That time I extended the olive branch. I took it back this time. I had every intention of giving him a rousing New York welcome."

In qualifying, Montecalvo had engine woes that bogged down his first attempt. He managed a respectable 6.893/203.80, which was off of his normal pace. He was 10th after the initial session.

Montecalvo's hardworking crew of crewchief Billy Wagner and Pete Jepson found the right combination for the second session and it paid great dividends. They climbed six spots with one run into the fourth spot with a 6.727/206.80. They knew that the NYIRP racing surface would take even more and yet again they continued to stand as the quickest Chevrolet in competition. Montecalvo stormed to a 6.682/207.27, good enough for the third spot.

The next event for the Citgo team will be the IHRA CARQUEST Northern Nationals in Stanton, MI., on July 31 - August 2. Montecalvo, along with the rest of the Pro Stock contingent, will take assault on the Mid-Michigan Motorplex racing surface for the fifth professional race on the IHRA/Snap-On Tools Championship Series. Each contestant will be afforded two qualifying attempts on Friday and another two on Saturday. Final eliminations are slated to begin on Sunday.

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