Englishtown: Mauk Pawuk eliminations summary

More personal bests for Pawuk "left turn" ruins great weekend. RICHFIELD, OH 5/19/03 "We've got the power," said Mark "Cowboy" Pawuk following the K&N Filters Supernationals in Englishtown, New Jersey. "Now we just need a little...

More personal bests for Pawuk "left turn" ruins great weekend.

RICHFIELD, OH 5/19/03 "We've got the power," said Mark "Cowboy" Pawuk following the K&N Filters Supernationals in Englishtown, New Jersey. "Now we just need a little luck."

Pawuk's Summit Racing Pro Stock team scored new personal bests during qualifying for the event, erasing the marks set earlier this season in Houston, where the car notched a best elapsed time and speed of 6.753 seconds at 203.88 mph. During the first of what turned out to be just three qualifying sessions, Pawuk marched to a stunning 6.729 second elapsed time at 205.16 mph. He would improve on that elapsed time with a slightly quicker 6.725 effort on Saturday afternoon, which placed him sixth on the list of qualifiers for the quickest Pro Stock field in NHRA POWERade Series history.

"We were stoked about being in the top half of the field," Pawuk admitted. "Our guys did an exceptional job with the car at the track, but just as importantly, the team in the engine shop also came through. We had more power this weekend than ever before, and I think we're going to be up near the top of the list when qualifying starts in Topeka this coming weekend."

The team was really looking forward to Sunday's eliminations, but after another first round holeshot (the third race in a row in which Pawuk has left first against his opponents) the Summit Pontiac Grand Am made an abrupt left turn out of the groove, and the run had to be aborted.

"We don't know why the car made that hard left," Pawuk said following the race. "We made a preliminary check and everything looked okay, but we'll make a thorough inspection of the chassis as soon as the rig gets back to Ohio, just to make sure. We don't want to be heading into the Topeka race with any questions in our minds about the car itself."

With more power coming from the Mark Pawuk Racing Engines shop, and two complete race-ready engines online and two more in the works, the Summit Racing Pontiac team is looking forward to the next few races. "I think we're going to be serious contenders," Pawuk said with confidence. "The team is working well together, we've obviously got some horsepower, and now all we need is a little luck. I'm hoping it'll come our way in Topeka this coming weekend."

-mpr-

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