Rockingham, NC. -- (April 12, 1999) It was a weekend of frustration for the Stu Evans/Ford Credit Pro Stock team. Chris Holbrook lost his semi-final match against perennial rival Floyd Cheek. Cheek's .438 light coupled with a 6.71 elapsed time...
Rockingham, NC. -- (April 12, 1999) It was a weekend of frustration for the Stu Evans/Ford Credit Pro Stock team.
Chris Holbrook lost his semi-final match against perennial rival Floyd Cheek. Cheek's .438 light coupled with a 6.71 elapsed time was just too much for Holbrook's .465 light paired with a track-record 6.68 elapsed time. The margin of victory for Cheek at the finish line - .002 of a second!
"This is a heartbreaker," said Holbrook. "We knew Floyd [Cheek} would try to cut a light against us. It was so close at the end, I didn't know who won.
"You know, you do everything you can to make sure the car performs. And as a driver, you go out to the starting line and do your best. Today, our best just wasn't good enough."
Crew chief Butch Peterson was philosophical.
"We know we've got the power to win," said Peterson. "And we know Chris is an excellent driver. The only thing we didn't have today was luck."
Cheek went on to claim the Pro Stock honors at the event.
The Spring Nationals saw the debut of the team's new engine, "Moses". The rookie motor saw action during Friday's two qualifying sessions, clocking respectable 6.81 and 6.79 runs, which had Holbrook qualified No. 5.
But for Saturday's two sessions, the team reverted to "Mongo" the engine that powered Holbrook to a new national ET record [6.61] at Darlington last month.
The result was a strong 6.72, putting Chris in the No. 2 spot behind John Montecalvo's Monte Carlo.
During Sunday's elimination rounds, Chris defeated Carl Baker and and Tom Lee before rain halted the on-track action.
The final two-rounds of eliminations were pushed back to Monday morning.
This weekend also saw the debut of an in-car camera from espn2 mounted in Holbrook's Ford Probe to provide the TV audience with an up-close and personal view of Chris as he races down the track. The camera will be a fixture in Chris' car for the rest of the season.
After the first two completed events of the season, Chris Holbrook is third in Pro Stock points in part based on his two No. 1 qualifying efforts and setting the national ET record.
Next stop for the team is Darlington International Dragway for the rain-delayed final rounds of the The Prolong Super Lubricants Winter Nationals on May 8.