David Wells Gainesville preview

Wells hoping to make splash with new car in Gainesville. GAINESVILLE, Fla. - NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster racer David Wells hopes to make a strong debut of his new car during this weekend's Mac Tools Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla. Over the ...

Wells hoping to make splash with new car in Gainesville.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster racer David Wells hopes to make a strong debut of his new car during this weekend's Mac Tools Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla. Over the offseason, Wells took purchase of Jack O'Bannon's Rick Santos built chassis, which Santos drove to five-straight World Championships, and hopes the car will continue it's winning ways with the Blue Bunny Ice Cream/"Plain Vanilla" colors.

Wells, who runs mechanical operations for the family's ice cream business in LeMars, Iowa, is looking forward to the debut of the new car. The car only has three races on it since being front-halved by Santos, essentially making it a new car. The car will still be powered by the team's in-house Plain Vanilla Racing engine program.

"We just want to get the new car sorted out this weekend," said Wells. "Obviously, we hope to do that very quickly. The car is a very trick piece, and while being similar, it does have it's differences from our old car. This is the same car Rick won five championships with, so we are pretty confident it will lead to success for us. To put some rumors to rest, we are going to run the same engine and clutch program we have been running, we did not buy that from them."

Wells, who has finished ninth nationally for the past four years, hopes to improve on that this year, in addition to regaining the Division 5 Championship.

"We didn't have the year we had hoped for last year," stated Wells. "We are making some changes, and hopefully this new car will be the spark we are looking for. We want to get off to a good start. We want to finish stronger nationally and get the Division 5 Championship back."

Qualifying begins on Friday for the alcohol cars, with one final session Saturday morning. First round of eliminations will be ran Saturday afternoon, and final eliminations will conclude the event on Sunday. Stay tuned to InsideTopAlcohol.com for the latest news in alcohol racing.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Rick Santos , David Wells