ROCKINGHAM, NC. - Sometimes you can give it the most valiant effort, and things just aren't meant to be. As sad as that may be true, Dwayne Rice found out the hard way as he and his hard-working crew thrashed away to bring the third Moser ...
ROCKINGHAM, NC. - Sometimes you can give it the most valiant effort, and things just aren't meant to be. As sad as that may be true, Dwayne Rice found out the hard way as he and his hard-working crew thrashed away to bring the third Moser Engineering team car up to the demands of the IHRA Sunoco Pro Stock division. In the end, they get an "A" for effort.
In a last minute bid to make the show, the 31-year old, excavator from Grove City, Ohio did just that, but during the first round at the CARQUEST Autumn Nationals in Rockingham, NC., their good fortunes just ran out.
Rice was named the third driver on the Moser Engineering Pro Stock team earlier in the week. He had traded in his trusty Firebird for the team's new Pontiac Grand-am. In his first run in the new car, Rice launched hard, but lifted early, coasting to an 8.965. His final attempt never came to fruition as staging problems disqualified his second attempt. He remained unqualified.
Rice didn't try and hide the fact that he didn't enjoy too prosperous of a first day. He continued to get acquainted with the Moser Engineering-sponsored Pontiac Grand-am as improved to a 7.064, 201.64. With one shot remaining in his arsenal, Rice entered the final session and gave it his best and the end result was the 15th quickest run with a 6.738, 204.85.
The first round pairings matched him opposite the potent Cougar of Carl Baker. Baker was quicker out of the gate, and that was a tough obstacle for Rice to overcome. Rice gave it a valiant effort, but his 6.700, 205.91 just wasn't enough to overcome Baker's 6.645, 208.17.
He'll have until this upcoming Friday to ponder his next move as the tour rolls into Budd's Creek, Maryland for the President's Cup Nationals at Maryland International Raceway.