Budds Creek: Scott Weney preview

BUDDS CREEK, Md. - One year after winning the IHRA Pro Funny Car championship in impressive fashion, Scott Weney has had less than an admirable title defense season. In only his third race of the season, the 42-year old, chassis fabricator from ...

BUDDS CREEK, Md. - One year after winning the IHRA Pro Funny Car championship in impressive fashion, Scott Weney has had less than an admirable title defense season. In only his third race of the season, the 42-year old, chassis fabricator from Royersford, Pa., has returned to Maryland International Raceway with visions of spoiler dancing in his head.

Weney will compete in this weekend's CARQUEST President's Cup Nationals in Budds Creek, Md., behind the wheel of Bob White's Funny Car. The defending champion points out this weekend is an effort to help a customer get a new car sorted out.

"It's kind of hard to say that this has been a championship defense season when there is no defense," explained Weney. "Much of this season has been consumed with scrambling to try and find a ride. It's disappointing when you win a championship and don't get to run the next year with the number one on it. Jackie and Judy Gibson gave me a golden opportunity at the start of the season, but with Jackie's health not going so well, we had to park the car. It has been frustrating."

Weney did some pre-event testing with the car and was confident after some strong early-lifting passes.

Weney will return with his trusty crew headed by crewchief Kevin Palmer.

The champion's objectives are simple for this weekend.

"I want to have fun. I want to start some trouble. I want to mess up the points and do whatever we can do. Winning the race would be very good too."

-SWR-

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