Baytown: Mark Pawuk final summary

Another Two Thousandths Disappointment For The Cowboy RICHFIELD, OH 4/3/06 "I feel like the guy who's always saying something about never catching a break, but after missing the show in Houston by two thousandths of a second, maybe I kinda...

Another Two Thousandths Disappointment For The Cowboy

RICHFIELD, OH 4/3/06 "I feel like the guy who's always saying something about never catching a break, but after missing the show in Houston by two thousandths of a second, maybe I kinda have the right to be saying that," said Mark "Cowboy" Pawuk a day after the O'Reilly Auto Parts Spring Nationals. Pawuk's Pontiac GTO ended up 17th among the qualifiers, with only the Top 16 making final eliminations.

Thus far in 2006 Pawuk is a disappointing one-for-four, missing three straight races after a strong semifinal round finish at the season-opening Winternationals in mid-February. Pawuk's total elapsed time "misses" add up to a slim 0.011 of a second -- about how much time elapses during an eye blink.

"We've done a lot of research work on our car's setup," Pawuk added, "And we've come to the conclusion that we've got to make wholesale changes to turn things around. With that in mind we sold our current car during the Houston race and will be in a new ride at the Summitracing.com Nationals in Las Vegas this coming weekend. I'm not exactly sure what kind of car we'll have at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, but whatever we decide on I'm confident that we'll be more competitive than we've been up to this point.

"We're certainly going to continue using engines from our pal, Ron Krisher, with all of us, including our crew chief Marcus Bowen and mechanics Craig Hankinson and Robert Morrow, continuing to believe that we're very close to turning this whole thing around.

"Believe me, it's been incredibly frustrating for all of us."

Next: NHRA Summitracing.com Nationals, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV April 7-9

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Series NHRA
Drivers Mark Pawuk , Ron Krisher , Craig Hankinson