GRAND BEND, ONT. - In a scene set so many times in the IHRA Pro Funny Car ranks, veteran racer Scott Weney met World Champion Von Smith in the IHRA Mopar Parts Canadian Nationals final round. Weney partook of some serious qualifying runs...
GRAND BEND, ONT. - In a scene set so many times in the IHRA Pro Funny Car ranks, veteran racer Scott Weney met World Champion Von Smith in the IHRA Mopar Parts Canadian Nationals final round. Weney partook of some serious qualifying runs through the weekend, and set himself for a tough battle. The end result didn't produce a win, but that didn't bother Weney. After all, he was in the dance.
"You always want to win," explained Weney, who first started racing in alcohol-burning dragsters. "Von is a tough and intense competitor. We see ourselves in the same way. It's a shame that only one person can win at a time."
Weney suffered the track conditions in his first attempt on Friday, coming up in the eleventh qualifying spot. An unacceptable position for this championship-seeking racer, Weney came out Saturday with guns blazing, setting down an awesome run at 5.938/238.79, good for the fourth spot.
Weney wasted no time on the line in the first round, launching hard, on a single run, as competitor Paul Noakes broke the rear-end on his launch. Weney took a 5.938/237.09 run, showing his consistency on the track.
Dale Brand was prepared for Weney in round two, as he took the starting line advantage. However, the seasoned Funny Car pilot shook out the dust and passed Brand in time to take the win with a 5.938/238.79. This set Weney up for the semi-finals against Rob Atchison.
Weney continued his hot streak on the starting line against Atchison. Weney posted the winning run with a 5.972/237.27. Facing World Champion Von Smith in the finals, Weney looked to be a Canadian Champion in the works.
However, Smith took it differently. Smith closed the starting line gap, leaving Weney by a slim margin, and never looked back. Weney just couldn't cover the necessary ground to take the win light, posting his second runner-up for this season.
With one win and two-runner ups, Weney is looking great as the leader in the points standings. The hunt for the Championship continues at the IHRA Amalie Oil Summer Nationals, June 17th and 18th in Cordova, IL.