Epping, NH - Leaving the previous race, the CARQUEST World Nationals at Norwalk Raceway Park, with a win, and the Sunoco Race Fuels Pro Stock points lead back in his hands, John Montecalvo knew that he had once again become the rabbit that all...
Epping, NH - Leaving the previous race, the CARQUEST World Nationals at Norwalk Raceway Park, with a win, and the Sunoco Race Fuels Pro Stock points lead back in his hands, John Montecalvo knew that he had once again become the rabbit that all the hounds wanted to catch.
Most of the 2000 season, the driver from Center Moriches, NY has been in a battle with Ron Miller for the top spot, and his critical win at Norwalk gave him the upper hand with just four events remaining on the schedule. Ironically, though, while he was keeping his eyes on Miller, a new challenger slipped in the back door in New Hampshire.
John's Citgo-sponsored Monte Carlo qualified in the number six spot at New England Dragway, with a top effort of 6.689/207.56. In the first round, he got a decisive holeshot on Dwayne Rice, but it turned out to be unnecessary, as Rice launched into severe tire shake and aborted his run. The win was a big one for Montecalvo, however, as it gave him lane choice over rival Miller in the second round.
As advertised, the race between the two Monte Carlos in round two was a great one, with Montecalvo leaving just a fraction ahead of Miller, and the two racing door handle to door handle through the top end. For a split second, the outcome of the matchup was unclear, it was that close. But when the win light flashed in Montecalvo's lane, it was seen that he had won by a margin of just 0.019, his 6.690 besting Miller's 6.703.
With Miller relegated to the pits, Montecalvo realized that he had a great opportunity to pad his points lead with a good finish. A couple of John's fellow competitors had other plans, however. In the semifinals, John was paired up with Jerry Yeoman. At the green, Montecalvo left on Yeoman, but he just couldn't match his opponent's power this time around. Yeoman steamed through the traps at 6.647 to top Montecalvo's 6.742 time.
And this is where another would-be contender decided he wanted his view from the top, too. Jon Yoak had a strong outing, and took the trip to the winner's circle at the Amalie Oil Northern Nationals. And by doing so, he moved into a tie with Montecalvo for the points lead, with Ron Miller lurking just behind.
So with just three events to go, the battle for Pro Stock glory promises to go right down to the wire. John Montecalvo has fought very hard to get where he is this season; watch for him to come to the next event determined to grab the lead once again. After all, he doesn't mind being the rabbit, because that means all the other guys are behind him, trying to catch up.
Watch as this exciting class moves into the home stretch at the next IHRA race, which is scheduled for Sept. 21-23 at the CARQUEST Autumn Nationals in Rockingham, N.C.