Joliet: Richie Stevens Jr preview

STEVENS JR. SEEDED NO. 5 FOR KING DEMON CROWN AT CHICAGO INDIANAPOLIS (June 1, 2006) - Don Schumacher Racing Pro Stock pilot Richie Stevens Jr. is the No. 5 seed for the $76,000 22nd Annual King Demon Crown, an NHRA bonus event to be held at the...

STEVENS JR. SEEDED NO. 5 FOR KING DEMON CROWN AT CHICAGO

INDIANAPOLIS (June 1, 2006) - Don Schumacher Racing Pro Stock pilot Richie Stevens Jr. is the No. 5 seed for the $76,000 22nd Annual King Demon Crown, an NHRA bonus event to be held at the CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill., on June 10.

The big-money event features the top eight qualifying Pro Stock drivers dating back to the last King Demon event at Route 66 in 2005. Stevens will match the Team Mopar/Valspar Dodge Stratus R/T up against Kurt Johnson in the opening stanza of the competition, and will need to go two rounds further to win the three-round shootout.

Stevens is excited to have a chance at the $50,000 prize for the first time since 2000 (first-round finisher). He also earned a spot in the 1999 contest (semifinalist). "I haven't been in the shootout for awhile, so it's definitely exciting to be in it. Hopefully we'll have a shot at it. That would be great for me, the DSR team and, of course, Mopar and Valspar."

As for the first-round match-up: "Kurt has had his ups and downs this year, just like us," Stevens says. "Hopefully we can catch him on a down and we'll be on the up. There has been so much parity this year in Pro Stock (only one repeat winner in nine events) to a point that anything can really happen, and I think that is the way this event will be."

The New Orleans native takes pride in his qualifying efforts. "It's a neat event, because it's based off of qualifying, and everyone who knows me knows that I like to qualify in the top half at each event," said the 27-year-old who has garnered a place in the top half of the 16-car field 14 times since the 2005 King Demon Crown event.

The King Demon Crown is part of round 10 of the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series June 9-11. The winner earns $50,000, and the runner-up takes home $10,000. The two semifinalists receive $3,000 each and the four first-round finishers each earn $2,500.

-dsr

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Series NHRA
Drivers Richie Stevens Jr. , Kurt Johnson , Don Schumacher