Bristol: Chip King Saturday qualifying

Bristol, TN - Apparently no one told Chip King that a car powered by a motor full of untested parts shouldn't be doing the things that it is. Late last season, King, of Semora, NC, one of the few racers in Pro Mod willing to take a chance on the...

Bristol, TN - Apparently no one told Chip King that a car powered by a motor full of untested parts shouldn't be doing the things that it is. Late last season, King, of Semora, NC, one of the few racers in Pro Mod willing to take a chance on the vaunted Chrysler Hemi, began to show signs of heading in the right direction. The addition of Bill Barrett to his roster proved to be the last piece of the puzzle, and ever since teaming up, the pair has had their silver Dodge R/T burning up the track.

Running prototype engines built by sponsor Indy Cylinder Heads, King has consistently been in the hunt this season, qualifying in the number two spot at last month's first NHRA Pro Mod event at the Mac Tools Gatornationals at Gainesville, Florida. Back for round two, this time at the Mac Tools NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway, King repeated his performance, moving from third to second on his last attempt today with a pass of 6.324/222.66. Admitting that the team had their sights set on a 6.2-second lap during the qualifying rounds, King was nevertheless pleased with his Mopar's performance.

"We're really excited by the way the car is running, " he said. "Bill has this Hemi making all kinds of horsepower, and we're able to get it to the track as long as we don't get too greedy with the tune-up. Before we came here to Bristol, we were struggling with an aggravating magneto problem. But we got a handle on it just in the nick of time and were able to use our first run Friday to re-establish a baseline and get back on the right track. We're all anxious to get into the elimination rounds here tomorrow, and show what the Hemi is capable of."

-NHRA

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