Norwalk, OH - If the 24th Annual running of the Mopar Parts World Nationals, presented by Ethanol, can be considered the IHRA's equivalent of the Kentucky Derby, than Sunoco Race Fuels Pro Stock standouts Gene Wilson and Tom Lee are riding...
Norwalk, OH - If the 24th Annual running of the Mopar Parts World Nationals, presented by Ethanol, can be considered the IHRA's equivalent of the Kentucky Derby, than Sunoco Race Fuels Pro Stock standouts Gene Wilson and Tom Lee are riding Man-O-War and Secretariat around the last turn and heading for home.
The two Ford racers have provided plenty of hard-pounding action on the track this season, and while Wilson is hugging the inside line coming into the stretch, Lee knows that judicious use of the whip, and a strong kick at the finish can win the day, and the championship, for the Kingsport, TN-based team.
Lee, who at age 46 is a 30-year veteran of the drag wars, has been thrown to the ground more than once this season, but he's always managed to dust himself off and climb back into contention, guiding his Charlie Taylor-owned 2000 Mustang to second in points through six of the Summit Racing Series' eleven national events.
Just two races ago, Lee broke his only engine and went home empty-handed, his championship dreams seemingly up in smoke. But at the next event, rival Wilson was knocked out of competition in the first round, and lee's fourth trip to the finals in six tries resulted in a runner-up finish, and landed him back in the saddle once again.
So heading into the big weekend at Norwalk Raceway Park on August 23-26, Lee is more than ready to get on with the show. "My crew chief, Cliff Moore, and my whole team are really looking forward to Norwalk," Lee commented. "We've proven that we have the ability to bounce back from adversity this season, and with five races yet to be run, all it takes is good management, combined with a little good luck, and we could be there at the end."
Tom Lee isn't interested in a second-place finish, either. He accomplished that goal in 2000, and this time around he wants to come out on the winning end of a photo finish