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Team Castellana Looking To Rebound From Bad Fortunes COMMERCE, Ga. - The season began with a bang, but now things have been reduced to a flutter. Beware; sometimes it is better to let a sleeping giant remain asleep. The two-car Team Castellana...

Team Castellana Looking To Rebound From Bad Fortunes

COMMERCE, Ga. - The season began with a bang, but now things have been reduced to a flutter. Beware; sometimes it is better to let a sleeping giant remain asleep.

The two-car Team Castellana operation looks to rebound from sour luck that has dogged them out for much of the first part of the 2001 season during this weekend's NHRA Advance Auto Parts Southern Nationals in Commerce, Ga. Neither team owner Mike Castellana, nor his team driver, two-time Pro Modified World Champion Shannon Jenkins qualified at the recently completed Mac Tools Thunder Valley Nationals in Bristol, Tenn.

"This has been disappointing," explained Castellana, who owns a supermarket chain in Westbury, NY. "Team Castellana is on a mission and we are going to do whatever it takes to be on top. We are taking no prisoners. We are too good of a team to be down like this."

The team has plenty of horsepower; it's just the complex task of putting it all to the racing surface that has provided the major headaches. Following the DNQ at Thunder Valley, the team stuck around to do some testing. With IHRA Pro Stock standout Tom Lee behind the wheel, Castellana's proven 6.2-second machine appears to be on the right track.

Positive results have also come forth from Jenkins, who is better known as the "Iceman."

"We expected to be in the front of the pack," confided Jenkins, a native of Tuscaloosa, Ala. "We went into this season on fire and somehow or another, the little things have jumped up and bit us. I'd like to say that we have those things corrected now, but only time will tell. Hopefully we will tell it in the quickest possible time."

For more information on Team Castellana, visit their website at www.awesome57.com.

-TC-

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