Brainerd: David Wells wrap up

Plain Vanilla Racing Blue Bunny Ice Cream Wells scores semifinal finish in Brainerd. BRAINERD, Minn. - Changing weather conditions can be drag racing's equivalent to a curve ball, and just as in baseball, can get you 'behind' in the count so...

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Wells scores semifinal finish in Brainerd.

BRAINERD, Minn. - Changing weather conditions can be drag racing's equivalent to a curve ball, and just as in baseball, can get you 'behind' in the count so to speak. Such was the case for defending Division 5 Champ David Wells during this past weekend's NHRA Division 5 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at the Colonel's Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minn.

Wells, from LeMars, Iowa, qualified his Blue Bunny Ice Cream/ "Plain Vanilla" Blown Alcohol Dragster third in the field with a 5.662 second elapsed time at 251.50 mph. In round one, he ran a 5.575 at 252.49 mph to take out Ziggy Zivkovich. In the semifinals, Wells took a slight starting line advantage over his opponent Gary Ormsby, Jr., but encountered heavy tireshake and fell off his earlier pace to a 5.671 at 248.81 mph while Ormsby's injected-nitro combination streaked to a 5.406 at 237.96 mph.

"The conditions changed a lot on us, and we just got behind the eight ball," said Wells. "We ran pretty good in the first round, and tried to put some new tires on it for the second round. Then the track came around and the new tires really made it bite harder than we wanted it to, and it just shook the tires really hard. It would have been hard to do something against that .40, but I think we should have been able to run at least a low .50 if it would have acted right."

The next stop for the Blue Bunny Ice Cream/ "Plain Vanilla" team will be race three of the Division 5 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series at Bandimere Speedway just outside of Denver, Jun. 19-21. There, Wells hopes his proven high altitude setup will put him in the winner's circle for the first time this year.

"We've got a pretty good set up for 'the mountain," stated Wells. "We always look forward to going there."

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