Tire change leads to semifinal loss for Wells LAS VEGAS - Looking to be well on his way back to the form that put him in the World Championship hunt last season, defending four-time NHRA Division 5 Top Alcohol Dragster Champion David Wells...
Tire change leads to semifinal loss for Wells
LAS VEGAS - Looking to be well on his way back to the form that put him in the World Championship hunt last season, defending four-time NHRA Division 5 Top Alcohol Dragster Champion David Wells reached the semifinals of this past weekend's SummitRacing.com Nationals at 'The Strip' in Las Vegas. A last minute tire change ultimately lead to severe tireshake in that round, which knocked Wells off his low e.t. setting pace.
Wells, from LeMars, Iowa, qualified his Blue Bunny Ice Cream/ "Plain Vanilla" dragster tenth in the field with a 5.547 second run at 258.27 mph. In round one, he defeated Steve Federlin with a 5.441 at 260.97 mph, then took out Bob Perkins in round two with a 5.415 at 260.56 mph, which at the time was low e.t. of the race.
However, in that round, a tire blistered, forcing the team to change to a back up set of tires. In that round, Wells squared off against Morgan Lucas, the team former Crew Chief Norm Grimes now leads. The tire change lead to severe tireshake for Wells, slowing him to a 5.522 at 261.22 mph, which was not enough for Lucas' 5.443 at 256.45 mph.
"We found after the run, the new tire was three inches shorter in circumference than the other tires," said Wells. "The shorter tire just gave it way too much wheelspeed early in the run, and it shook real hard. I was able to drive through it, but by then, we had just lost too much momentum."
Despite coming up short of the win, Wells is still happy with the team's resurgence of performance.
"We changed some things from last year," explained Wells. "It just took a little while to get those new parts adjusted to what we want. It feels good to be back in the position to run well again. We're looking forward to Houston in a few weeks."
The Blue Bunny Ice Cream/ "Plain Vanilla" team's next stop will be the O'Reilly Spring Nationals, April 15-18 at Houston Raceway Park. Stay tuned to InsideTopAlcohol.com for the latest news in alcohol racing.