Chip King advances to the quarterfinals at the Northern Nationals STANTON, MI - Chip King, driver of the Indy Cylinder Heads-sponsored Pro Modified Hemi Dodge R/T, advanced to the quarterfinals of eliminations on Sunday at the 20th annual IHRA...
Chip King advances to the quarterfinals at the Northern Nationals
STANTON, MI - Chip King, driver of the Indy Cylinder Heads-sponsored Pro Modified Hemi Dodge R/T, advanced to the quarterfinals of eliminations on Sunday at the 20th annual IHRA CARQUEST Northern Nationals at Mid-Michigan Motorplex.
King began the weekend with a 6.41 at 218 mph during the opening round of qualifying to end the first session in the No. 11 spot. After failing to improve during Friday's second session with a 6.50, King finished the day qualified 17th with two chances left to make the 16-car field on Saturday.
The Semora, North Carolina resident encountered magneto problems during his third qualifying attempt and his 2001 Avenger failed to fire, leaving King with only one chance left to make the show on Sunday. King returned for the Saturday evening's "Night of Fire" and laid down a respectable 6.36/220 to qualify 14th for eliminations.
King faced first alternate Mike Lockwood, who replaced No. 3 qualifier Tim McAmis, during the first round of eliminations. King used a holeshot to drive his beautiful silver Dodge to a 6.44/218 victory over Lockwood's quicker 6.42/217. He would face defending IHRA Mopar Pro Modified champion Fred Hahn in the second round with Hahn enjoying lane choice.
King left the starting line slightly ahead of Hahn in their quarterfinal battle with a .498 to .504 reaction time, but he was unable to hold off the defending champ. Hahn took the win with a 6.34/222 to King's off pace 6.50/218.
The next IHRA event for Chip King will be the Mopar Parts World Nationals at Norwalk Raceway Park in Ohio, August 23-26. To find out more about King and all of the stars of the IHRA visit drag racing's leading news source, CompetitionPlus.com.