Denver Div. 5 David Wells Wrap Up

DENVER, Col - Defending Division 5 Federal Mogul Dragster Champion David Wells lost to this year's Summit Racing.com Nationals winner Darren Nicholson in the semifinals of the third stop on the Division 5 Federal Mogul Drag Racing Series tour at...

DENVER, Col - Defending Division 5 Federal Mogul Dragster Champion David Wells lost to this year's Summit Racing.com Nationals winner Darren Nicholson in the semifinals of the third stop on the Division 5 Federal Mogul Drag Racing Series tour at Bandimere Speedway in Denver, Colorado. Nicholson edged Wells' Blue Bunny Ice Cream/ "Plain Vanilla" entry in a close one, running a 5.79/242 mph to Wells' hard charging 5.84/245.

The Lemars, Iowa native,Wells, qualified No. 1 with a great 5.730/249.30, and defeated No. 8 qualifier Brent DuCray in the first round with a 5.74/249, but problems ensued after the run.

"After I pulled the chutes in the first round, it kicked the blower off of it, and sheared off all of the blower studs," explained Wells. "After the round, we got the studs changed, and the blower back on it no problem. Everything looked fine, but after we put the blower on, and went to roll the motor over, it was locked up. A broken stud had went down into the head. We pulled the head off, got the stud out, and luckily it didn't hurt anything. But that had put us so far behind, that we were running out of time, and didn't have time to change the settings on the clutch. We figured it should go out there and run the same number with the same settings."

"It went out there and quivered the tires a little at the top of low, then broke them loose when I punched second. That is what lost the race right there, we lost about a tenth of a second when the tires broke loose."

The next stop for the Plain Vanilla team will be during the fourth race in the Division 5 tour, at Douglas International Raceway, in Douglas, Wyoming, where Wells will try to catch points leader Billy Bybee who went on to win in Denver.

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