Bristol: Mark Pawuk eliminations summary

Pawuk continues steady progress at Bristol. RICHFIELD, OH 4/28/03 Mark "Cowboy" Pawuk's Summit Racing Pontiac Grand Am continued to show improvement at Thunder Valley Dragway in Bristol this past weekend. Through four qualifying sessions the...

Pawuk continues steady progress at Bristol.

RICHFIELD, OH 4/28/03 Mark "Cowboy" Pawuk's Summit Racing Pontiac Grand Am continued to show improvement at Thunder Valley Dragway in Bristol this past weekend. Through four qualifying sessions the car improved on each run, finally coming home with a 6.905 second elapsed time, good enough for the 14th spot on the list.

"I think we're locked into that Number 14," Pawuk said following the race. "We were fourteenth after the first session, ran a bit better in the second and were still fourteenth, and then jumped all the way up to sixth after our third run, but despite running even better in the last session, we ended up back in fourteenth. I think we would have been in the top half of the field if we hadn't broken an intake valve spring on that last run.

"The rain shower on Saturday afternoon meant we'd have a second night session, and the conditions really improved, so I'm thankful that things turned out the way they did. Marcus (Bowen) and the rest of the guys did a good job with the car, which I think was evident in our elapsed times."

Despite an excellent Reaction Time of .017 seconds against Mike Edwards in the first round, the Summit Pontiac suffered severe tire shake in second gear, and that was enough to give the win to Mike Edwards.

"We were really after a good light in the first round, and got one, but after the car started shaking really badly in second gear I had to pull third a little early, and that was enough to cost us the race. We ran a lot of speed on that run, so the power's there. Now we've got to get it to the ground all the way down the track. I think we needed another hundredth or two to hold him off," Pawuk said.

Other than the team's problem outing at the Summitracing.com Nationals earlier in the month the Summit Racing Pontiac has been a steady qualifier this season, and is now tied with V. Gaines for 11th on the points list. "We're inching our way back into the Top 10," Pawuk said, "but we've got a long way to go. This coming weekend in Atlanta would be the perfect place to make a big move."

This weekend's Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals presented by Pontiac is the second of three NHRA POWERade national events sponsored by Summit, with the third being the Pontiac Excitement Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment in Columbus, Ohio in mid-June.

"In the 11 years we've been racing for Summit we've scored one big win at one of their races, but we've got two more chances yet this season, so we'll be pulling out all the stops to get to the winners circle this weekend. We're not feeling any particular extra pressure about it, but you know that if there's any races we've really got our sights set on other than the U.S. Nationals on Labor Day, it's Atlanta and then Columbus."

Next: Summit Racing Equipment Nationals presented by Pontiac, Atlanta Dragway, Commerce, Georgia May 2-4,

-mpr-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Mark Pawuk , Mike Edwards