Earlville: David Wells wrap up

Wells just misses win at home track EARLVILLE, Iowa - Defending three-time Division 5 Top Alcohol Dragster Champ David Wells came one round short of taking the win during this past weekend's NHRA Division 5 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at...

Wells just misses win at home track

EARLVILLE, Iowa - Defending three-time Division 5 Top Alcohol Dragster Champ David Wells came one round short of taking the win during this past weekend's NHRA Division 5 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Tri-State Raceway in Earlville, Iowa, his home state. Despite not taking the win, Wells and his Blue Bunny Ice Cream/ "Plain Vanilla" team feel that the outing was a huge step in the right direction in comparison to their last race in Indy.

Wells, from LeMars, Iowa, qualified his Blown Alcohol Dragster fifth with a 5.674 second elapsed time at 252.31 mph. Wells took out Chris Ricketts in round one with a 5.660 at 252.03 mph, and then upset No. 1 qualifier Gary Ormsby, Jr., on a holeshot in the semifinals. Wells took a .456 to .517 (reaction time) starting line advantage and was able to hang on with a 5.667 at 252.17 mph to Ormsby's quicker-but-later 5.616 at 247.52 mph.

In the final, Wells faced off against No. 3 qualifier Lee Callaway. Callaway took a slight starting line advantage, and was able to hang on for the win with a 5.658 at 252.95 mph to Wells' right-there 5.649 at 251.95 mph.

"We really wanted to get the win," said Wells. "It kind of hurts your pride as a driver to lose one on a holeshot, but you just got to get back up and dust yourself off. We are really happy with the way the car ran this weekend. We didn't hurt a part, and ran pretty consistent. After Indy, that really feels good going into our next races."

The next event for the Blue Bunny Ice Cream/ "Plain Vanilla" team will be the Sears Craftsman Nationals at Route 66 Raceway just outside of Chicago, Sept. 26-29. There Wells will represent Div. 5 in the Jegs All-Star event, held in conjunction with that event.

"Chicago is a big race for us," stated Wells. "We'll be running the All Star race and the regular race, so there's a lot going on. We need to regroup back here at the shop and get some spare motors built. It's a big race for us, because we want to do well enough in the last half of the season to stay in the top 10 nationally."

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Series NHRA
Drivers David Wells , Chris Ricketts