ROCKINGHAM - At the IHRA's 2000 season opener at South Carolina's Darlington International Dragway, Pro Funny Car standout Scott Weney hung tough all weekend as he battled to take home the Prolong Super Lubricants Winter Nationals title. After...
ROCKINGHAM - At the IHRA's 2000 season opener at South Carolina's Darlington International Dragway, Pro Funny Car standout Scott Weney hung tough all weekend as he battled to take home the Prolong Super Lubricants Winter Nationals title. After just two runs in the rain-shortened preliminaries, Weney's Sheetz Electrical-sponsored Pontiac Firebird was running strongly, and he was perfectly positioned to strike, slotted fourth overall after a solid 5.933/236.84 performance.
In the elimination rounds, the Royersford, Pennsylvania-based chassis builder and race car fabricator made his 5.90 consistency pay off, taking out Chris Hunt, James Lape and Sam Leland to advance to the Saturday evening final against event top qualifier Jimmy Rector.
The last Pro Funny Car race of the weekend was without a doubt the best, as Scott gave Rector all he could handle. Both drivers were off the line quickly, with Rector's .447 just shading Weney's .460.The pair raced side by side all the way through the top end traps, with Rector taking the win light with a 5.874 to Scott's 5.905. Both cars ran through at identical mph postings of 238.
Generally satisfied with the performance of the car, and his runner-up finish, Weney and crew are happy to have the first one 'in the bank'. "We didn't hurt the car at all, which is always important," explained Weney. "And we gained a lot of feedback from what turned out to be pretty varied conditions at Darlington. I mean, it was hot and sunny, overcast and cool, and then downright cold and wet. We'll take a strong second to start the season any time."
The Sheetz Electrical crew are now looking forward to taking all the valuable baseline information they garnered at Darlington, and giving their driver the best possible tune-up for race number two, the Holley Spring Nationals, on April 7-9. Always looking to improve, of course, Weney says he's "looking to run consistent 5.90's again at Rockingham, and hopefully knock off an '80' or two along the way."
If track and weather conditions cooperate, look for the mustachioed one from the Keystone State to come out flying as he tries to one-up himself in North Carolina. After all, 'strong seconds' are certainly nothing to sneeze at, but Scott, like every other racer worth his salt, is in this game to win. And since it's been said many times that 'consistency is the key', it's easy to see that he already has a big leg up on the competition this young season.