Montecalvo Produces Quarter-final Finish At IHRA CARQUEST Northern Nationals STANTON, MI.-- For fans of the Citgo-sponsored, Chevrolet Monte Carlo, the IHRA CARQUEST Northern Nationals afforded them the opportunity to breathe a sigh of ...
Montecalvo Produces Quarter-final Finish At IHRA CARQUEST Northern Nationals
STANTON, MI.-- For fans of the Citgo-sponsored, Chevrolet Monte Carlo, the IHRA CARQUEST Northern Nationals afforded them the opportunity to breathe a sigh of relief.
Driver John Montecalvo shook off a first round jinx that had plagued him in two events. There's nothing like knocking a monkey off of its perch.
"The previous two events created a lot of headaches for us," explained Montecalvo, who resides in Center Moriches, N.Y. "This time, we had some aspirin and the pain went away. We are pleased with what we accomplished here today and it serves as a great motivational tool for us."
Montecalvo opened qualifying with the strongest baseline run of any of the Chevrolet Pro Stockers in attendance at Stanton. He used a 6.877/203.16 to slip into the third spot of the sixteen car field after the first session. A tricky left lane offered no improvement for the second attempt as he aborted the run and coasted to a 10.23.
Per IHRA rules, Montecalvo had to make his third lap in the tricky left lane. It was not kind to him as he drifted out of the groove, but managed to correct and storm to his quickest of the weekend, a 6.844/202.97. He went into the final session as the fourth quickest entry. The veteran driver became the first entry of the weekend to dip into the 6.7-second range and led qualifying early in the session with a 6.776/203.86. He qualified in the second spot.
Montecalvo had to face former IHRA World Champion Doug Kirk in the first round. He shook off a recent slump with a convincing first round victory over Kirk. The veteran Chevrolet pilot skunked Kirk on both ends of the track by strapping a .033 holeshot and coupling it with a 6.788/205.26 to earn a berth into the quarter-final round of competition.
However, he dropped a tough match opposite another former World Champion, Floyd Cheek. Both cars reacted in close proximity after a lengthy staging battle. The Chevrolet got out of shape just past the 60-ft. mark and Montecalvo wisely aborted the run.
The next event for the Citgo team will be the IHRA MOPAR PARTS World Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio, on August 26 - 29. Montecalvo, along with the rest of the Pro Stock contingent, will take assault on the Norwalk Raceway Park racing surface for the seventh professional race on the IHRA/Snap-On Tools Championship Series. Each contestant will be afforded two qualifying attempts on Friday and another two on Saturday. Final eliminations are slated to begin on Sunday.