Charlie Hunt Racing Finishes Season On A Positive Event SHREVEPORT, LA.-- Charlie Hunt can rightfully say that his 1999 season has been a rousing success. His hired drivers Floyd Cheek and Tom Lee made the venture a prosperous one and has the...
Charlie Hunt Racing Finishes Season On A Positive Event
SHREVEPORT, LA.-- Charlie Hunt can rightfully say that his 1999 season has been a rousing success. His hired drivers Floyd Cheek and Tom Lee made the venture a prosperous one and has the team pumped in anticipation of a positive 2000 season. The two-car team finished as a semi-finalist in the final event of the 1999 season at the Mopar Parts World Finals in Shreveport, La.
Lee was the quicker of the two Team Hunt drivers in qualifying at the final event. Fresh off of the new class record that he set in Maryland, Lee stepped forward in the first session with a 6.723/206.99. Cheek was not as fortunate as he cranked out a 6.815/205.60. During the second session, Lee remained the quicker of the two with a 6.750/207.40. Cheek pulled closer to his teammate with a 6.753/205.13.
Cheek cranked out a 6.740/205.39 in the third session, but Lee was the quicker of the two with a 6.723/207.50. The final attempt afforded Cheek no reprieve with a 7.523. However, Lee hammered out a 6.669/207 to take the second spot.
Cheek completed qualifying in the 12th spot and that paired him against John Montecalvo. Both drivers reacted in close proximity, but Cheek drifted out of the groove. That opened the door for Montecalvo to score victory.
With his teammate out of competition, Lee was given the responsibility of trying to put one of the team's cars in the final round. Lee passed the first round test as he blistered the racing surface with a 6.690/207.91 as he stopped Ed Machacek.
Lee then topped the Chevrolet of Ron Miller and earned a berth into the semi-finals.
He had the performance advantage over Gene Wilson in that match, but the unthinkable happened and Lee lit the red-light.