STANTON, MI. - Dwayne Rice was plenty optimistic when the season started and with good reason. The Ohio-based team was now running Ron Miller power in his hard-charging Firebird and he led much of the preseason testing as the quickest Pontiac Pro...
STANTON, MI. - Dwayne Rice was plenty optimistic when the season started and with good reason. The Ohio-based team was now running Ron Miller power in his hard-charging Firebird and he led much of the preseason testing as the quickest Pontiac Pro Stocker on the planet. His feelings were confirmed when he stormed to a runner-up finish at the annual pre-season testing extraordinaire known as the CompetitionPlus.com Groundhog Warm-up in Darlington, SC.
It all looked promising until one thing happened; the season began.
For Rice, there has been one frustration after another, but he still maintains the faith. The veteran racer is holding plenty of hope that he'll score a victory before the season's end and remains confident despite a first round red light at the recently completed CARQUEST Northern Nationals hosted by the Mid-Michigan Motorplex in Stanton, MI.
Rice currently stands as one of the top ten ranked IHRA Pro Stockers, so the season has not been a total unfulfilling experience.
"It could be better," Rice admits. "There have been little things that have nipped us here and there. There's still plenty of season left and that gives us time to try and secure a win. Pro Stock is a tough class, but we're up to the challenge. We know what it takes to win, it's just we need a break or two along the way."
Rice entered eliminations for the rescheduled Northern Nationals as the seventh quickest in the sixteen-car field. He wasted a fine 6.795/205.66 when he Pontiac rolled the beams and tripped a .256 foul start. As fate would have it, his opponent Steve Speiss had problems and lifted and coasted to a 7.778 at only 122 miles per hour.
"Maybe Norwalk will be our race," smiles Rice, a former Modified racer that operates an excavation company. "We're going to go in there and give it our best, that's for sure."
The next stop for the Dwayne Rice team will be at the Mopar Parts World Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio. Qualifying begins on Wednesday, with one session per day until Saturday. Final eliminations are slated for Saturday.
For more information on Rice Racing, visit their website at www.riceracing.com.