GRAND BEND, ONT. - The newest driver on the Charlie Hunt Tennessean Pro Stock team carried the colors of the Kingsport, TN.-based operation into the semi-finals at IHRA Mopar Parts Canadian Nationals. Gene Wilson, son of legendary professional ...
GRAND BEND, ONT. - The newest driver on the Charlie Hunt Tennessean Pro Stock team carried the colors of the Kingsport, TN.-based operation into the semi-finals at IHRA Mopar Parts Canadian Nationals. Gene Wilson, son of legendary professional fisherman, Orlando Wilson, traveled the distance from Georgia to Grand Bend and had nothing but winning on his mind. Teammate Floyd Cheek traversed from Tennessee with the same thought. The team prepared themselves to show the manners of the "Southern Gentlemen" team in one of the toughest IHRA divisions.
Both gents made fantastic qualifying attempts to put them respectably in the field. Cheek, facing Jon Yoak in the first round of eliminations, stayed side-by-side with his competitor through the quarter-mile. However, just before the finish line, Yoak pulled slightly ahead, taking the win light and finishing Cheek's day at the races.
Wilson has been on a tear this season and essentially kept the team in the running. Facing Jerry Yeoman in the first round, Wilson used his youthful skills at the starting line for a full advantage. Yeoman could not catch Wilson, who walked away with a win on a 6.715/205.80 run. Steve Spiess was next on the hit list for the 27-year old Georgian, and Wilson showed no mercy. Again, taking the starting line advantage, Wilson ran a winning 6.726/205.62 for the second round win.
This set the stage for a classic Chevy versus Ford battle in the semis, with the Hunt Probe matched horsepower with the Monte Carlo of Ron Miller. This time, though, Miller was prepared for Wilson's quick reaction time, and took the advantage away for the first time this weekend. Wilson's 6.658/207.66 would not be enough to cover Miller's advantage, and Wilson took the loss.
The Charlie Hunt team will travel next to the IHRA Amalie Oils Nationals at Cordova, IL, in two weeks.