New GTO Continues to Shine For The "Cowboy" Pawuk Pleased With Team's Progress In Texas RICHFIELD, OH 10/10/05 After suffering through two straight DNQs Mark "Cowboy" Pawuk was pleased with the results turned in by his team at this past ...
New GTO Continues to Shine For The "Cowboy"
Pawuk Pleased With Team's Progress In Texas
RICHFIELD, OH 10/10/05 After suffering through two straight DNQs Mark "Cowboy" Pawuk was pleased with the results turned in by his team at this past weekend's NHRA O'Reilly's Fall Nationals in Ennis, Texas. "We had plenty of horsepower thanks to Ron Krisher, and that made all the difference," he said. "We made one really good run during qualifying, but even though our elapsed times on a couple of the others looked good on paper, they really weren't the result of what we'd call 'good runs.' The car just wasn't reacting quite the way we'd hoped it would, but I think we've got a handle on things for the last two races of the season."
Pawuk's stunning new GTO was qualified as high as Number 6 after Friday evening's second qualifying session, but was shuffled back to Number 9 by the time qualifying ended on Saturday afternoon. His elapsed time of 6.699 seconds at 206.04 MPH represented the best numbers thus far produced by the Jerry Bickle-engineered car, but Pawuk is convinced the car has a lot left in it. "If you look at some of the times being turned in you can see that we've still got a long way to go until we're really threatening the top people in the class, and that's obviously our goal," he said from his office at Empaco Equipment Corporation the morning following the race. "We've had a very difficult season, as everyone knows, so we've been treating these last few events as almost test sessions in preparation for 2006, and that's what's we'll continue to do in Las Vegas and Pomona.
"If, by working with Ron Krisher, we can come up with an even better combination than what we've got now I think both of our cars will be very competitive next season, and I would like nothing better than to be battling it out with him for the Number 1 spot at every race next year."
Pawuk, who went to the semifinals at the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals over Labor Day weekend, took out a trouble-plagued Warren Johnson in the first round of that race. Johnson "returned the favor" in Texas, defeating Pawuk in the first go with the slimmest of margins, 0.016 seconds. Pawuk had the superior starting line Reaction Time (0.031 to 0.051), but Johnson's 6.709 second E.T. topped Pawuk's 6.745. "We did our best," he said. "There's nothing left to say. Warren won the round, but hopefully, we'll do a little better in Las Vegas in a couple of weeks."