Charlie Hunt Racing Scores Another Win, Floyd Cheek Reigns Supreme In Pro Stock STANTON, MI.-- Legendary drag racer Don Prudhomme used to comment after a win, or a loss by saying, "You should never bet on a drag race." That saying should be ...
Charlie Hunt Racing Scores Another Win, Floyd Cheek Reigns Supreme In Pro Stock
STANTON, MI.-- Legendary drag racer Don Prudhomme used to comment after a win, or a loss by saying, "You should never bet on a drag race." That saying should be adhered to only if an individual has race one car. Charlie Hunt racing fields two cars in IHRA's pro stock competition and it's apparent the Universal Brake Parts team always finds a way to make it to the final round of competition. Both of his drivers each have wins this season in competition, the most recent being Tom Lee. But, this weekend things did not turn out quite so well for Lee. He unfortunately was a victim of an early round loss on a holeshot. That's where fielding two cars works to a teams advantage, if one car falls out, the other teammate carries on the spirit of the team.
The last race both cars fell in the first round. That's where Floyd Cheek enters the fray. Cheek was so incensed by the ribbing from the last race from Hunt, that he was heard to utter, "I just won to get him off of my back. He got to ragging on me too hard."
The Fords of Charlie Hunt opened qualifying with mixed results from the 100 degree weather. Cheek was the quicker of the two with a 6.895/202.73, that gave him the sixth quickest time. Lee did not fair quite as well as he could only muster a 7.281/201.97, good enough for the fifteenth position. Lee stepped up in the evening session and recorded a fine 6.94/202 to move into the eleventh spot. Cheek was unable to improve and rested on his earlier laurels. Saturday, Cheek was the first driver of the two Hunt cars to run, Cheek improved with a 6.885/202.30, good enough for the tenth spot. Lee complimented his teammate with a 6.845/203.22 to step up to the sixth spot. Both cars squared off in the final session in a classic side by side run. Cheek was the quicker of the two with a 6.839/203.79, while Lee trailed with a 6.846204.79. Cheek finished in the seventh spot, while Lee was ninth.
Eliminations opened with Lee losing in the opening stanza to a Dwayne Rice (.402) reaction time thus ending his day of racing. Cheek opened the first round versus Gene Wilson's Georgia based T' Bird. Wilson strapped a holeshot on Cheek , but his car made an immediate move toward the wall forcing him to lift giving the win to Cheek. The second round pitted the Ford versus Chevy, matching Cheek versus number two qualifier John Montecalvo in his Monte Carlo. Floyd gained a three hundredths reaction time advantage over the Chevy and parlayed it into a win when Montecalvo was forced to lift when his mount went sideways.
Cheek entered the semis against Canadian Ford racer John Konigshofer. Floyd once again showed why he is a former champion slapping a .03 holeshot on Konigshofer, which came in handy as the Canadian's car ran quicker by .015, negated by the Cheek holeshot giving him the win. Hunt's newest hired gun entered the final round of racing knowing that the first round defeat of points leader Chris Holbrook meant that winning today would vault his Ford Probe into the points lead. Floyd once again slapped a nearly .05 advantage over Ron Miller in the Moser Engineering Chevy which parlayed into another holeshot win giving the Universal Brake Parts sponsored Ford Probe the Northern Nationals victory vaulting him into the points lead.
The Universal Brake Parts sponsored team plans to continue their championship conquest at the IHRA Mopar Parts World Nationals in Norwalk, Oh during the weekend of of August 26-29. The duo of Floyd Cheek, and Tom Lee along with the other pro stock contestants will afforded four qualifying attempts during the course of the event and the quickest sixteen entries will compete in final eliminations on sunday. The event will be televised on ESPN2 with dates TBA in Drag Review.