Brainerd: Wells wins

Plain Vanilla Racing Blue Bunny Ice Cream Wells wins third straight race at Brainerd BRAINERD, Minn. - NHRA Federal Mogul Dragster driver David Wells picked up his third consecutive win at the Colonel's Brainerd International Raceway since...

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Wells wins third straight race at Brainerd

BRAINERD, Minn. - NHRA Federal Mogul Dragster driver David Wells picked up his third consecutive win at the Colonel's Brainerd International Raceway since last June during this past weekend's Division 5 Federal Mogul Drag Racing Series event there. With the win, the former Division 5 Champion maintained his points lead over defending champ Bruce Bowler.

Wells, from LeMars, Iowa, came into the event with intentions of developing their new clutch combination, and the results were favorable. Wells used his new Tom Conway assisted combination to qualify his Blue Bunny Ice Cream/ "Plain Vanilla" Blown Alcohol Dragster third with a 5.580 second elapsed time at 254.25 mph. In round one, he took out Jeff Hamelink with a 5.567 at 254.37 mph, then took out Bowler in the semifinals with a 5.626 at 255.39 mph. In the finals, he met up with West Coast heavy hitter, and No. 1 qualifier Duane Shields. Nobody told Wells he was the underdog going into the matchup, as he took the jump off the line and never looked back for a 5.648 at 253.93 mph to 5.749 at 247.02 mph win.

"We did what we had wanted to do coming into the race: dial our new combination in more," said Wells. "We were working on the clutch area of the tune-up, moving things around a little bit because the track was giving us fits. We kept at it until we finally got the car to go down through there. We moved a few more things around, and it liked it even better. We finally got it to be consistent, so we're just moving things gently to see what it will do."

In addition to learning a new combination, Wells and team had to fight adverse track and air conditions.

"The air and track weren't very good," commented Wells. "The corrected altitude was up around 3500 ft., and the track was up around 110-120 degrees. It was hot and humid the whole weekend. Its usually not that way there this time of year. It made it a little difficult to get the car go down the track. That last run, the track heated up another ten degrees, and got a little slippery, so that's why we slowed down. The main thing is that we got there first in the last round."

Even after fighting the bad conditions, Wells feels like they are starting to get a handle on the new combination, though.

"It's working better," explained Wells. "We found a couple other things in there that were in the fuel system that was causing more problems, and that helped too. We're getting a handle on it. I think we'll be ok with a couple more runs."

Wells' next race will give the team another challenge, as they head west to Denver and the Rocky Mountains for Race Three of the Division 5 Federal Mogul Drag Racing Series at Bandimere Speedway. The high altitude track requires a completely different setup than most tracks, but Wells feels some of his new combination can carry over. With two wins on the divisional level this year, Wells hopes to keep his momentum going into the remainder of the Division 5 season.

"This win is kind of what we needed," stated Wells. "We needed to get a handle on it before we went to anymore races. We didn't do very well at the Topeka, but won here and in Joliet [Chicago]. With this momentum, it is a good starting point to go into the rest of the season."

"I think we can go into Denver with some of the new clutch ideas we got," continued Wells. "We'll do something different that what we did last year. The basic motor tune-up will be our usual high altitude deal, which is fairly different from what we use anywhere else."

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Series NHRA
Drivers David Wells , Duane Shields