DINWIDDIE, Va. - Sunoco Pro Stock racer Dwayne Rice continues to redeem himself after a testy 2000 season. Rice, 30, of Grove City, Ohio, couldn't seem to buy a first round win last year. At the recently completed IHRA/Summit ACDelco Nationals ...
DINWIDDIE, Va. - Sunoco Pro Stock racer Dwayne Rice continues to redeem himself after a testy 2000 season. Rice, 30, of Grove City, Ohio, couldn't seem to buy a first round win last year. At the recently completed IHRA/Summit ACDelco Nationals presented by Chevrolet at the Virginia Motorsports Park, the former Modified eliminator standout reached the quarter-finals, which was one round short of his last outing in Rockingham. The old ways are staying away.
Rice lost against his engine builder Ron Miller despite applying a holeshot.
"I am still pleased, despite not making it to the final round," explained Rice, who made the jump to the professional ranks several years ago. "We know that we are giving up some aerodynamics by running our Firebird. We are expecting a new Grand-Am soon. I think we are doing exceptionally well to be competitive still against the new style of Pro Stock cars."
Rice didn't set qualifying on fire, but he enjoyed moderate success. He used a mild baseline run to land in the 11th spot after the first attempt with a 6.672/208.62. Rice improved during his second attempt with a 6.651/208.81. He concluded the first day as the 13th seeded driver.
On the second day of qualifying, Rice matched his best qualifying effort with another 6.65 elapsed time, at 208.36 miles per hour. He failed to improve with a 6.68 on his final attempt. Rice landed in the 13th spot and was scheduled to meet Carl Baker in the first round.
Baker was quicker off of the line, but Rice scooted by him on the top end with a 6.676/207.85 for the win.
In his quarter-final match with Miller, Rice was quicker off of the line, but couldn't fend off the Grand-Am on the top-end.