ROCKINGHAM, NC.- Scott Weney never wants to lose, and despite already capturing the 2000 World Championship in the IHRA Pro Funny Car championship, found it hard to accept losing in the second round against Von Smith, the defending World Champion. The Royersford, Pa.-based driver encountered engine problems at mid-track that forced him to abandon his match at this weekend's rescheduled CARQUEST Autumn Nationals in Rockingham against Smith.

He doesn't call it greediness; he chooses to call it his competitive nature.

"You want to win them all," explained Weney. "I certainly wanted to take this victory home as an exclamation point to our season. We gave it our best and this time it just didn't work out. I guess I need to get ready for the bracket championships in Florida in the next few weeks."

Weney, who also bracket races in his spare time, began eliminations as the third quickest with a 5.865/241.67.

He opened with a first round victory over Mark Thomas with a 5.865/241.67.

In the quarters, he outreacted Smith, but was forced to lift and coast to a 7.524/126.35.