CLERMONT, Ind. - Usually cooler weather conditions lead to better racing conditions. Such was not the case with NHRA Federal Mogul Dragster driver David Wells at this past weekend's Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park. During ...
CLERMONT, Ind. - Usually cooler weather conditions lead to better racing conditions. Such was not the case with NHRA Federal Mogul Dragster driver David Wells at this past weekend's Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park. During Sunday morning's first round, ran at 9:15 a.m., the temperature was more than 15 degrees cooler than all other runs during the weekend. The cooler air gave his opponent, Brandon Henkelman, who drives an A/Fuel Dragster, which are known for making great power in cool conditions, an advantage he couldn't overcome in his Blown Alcohol Dragster.
Wells, from LeMars, Iowa, qualified the Blue Bunny Ice Cream/ "Plain Vanilla" Blown Alcohol Dragster tenth in the sixteen car field with a 5.605 second elapsed time at 253.33 mph. During Saturday's final qualifying session, Wells encountered tireshake so violent that it broke the rear wing in half. Wells was able to borrow a wing from Shelly Howard, who also runs a Uyehara chassis. The wing was heavier, and of a different design, however.
In the first round, under cooler conditions, Wells improved on his qualifying time to a 5.522 at 255.58 mph, but could not hold off Henkelman's 5.428 at 262.49 mph.
"The A/Fuel cars can run when they get really good air," said Wells. "We had a bad thing happen with the wing coming off in the last qualifier, so we were kind of shooting in the dark with Howard's wing. It probably slowed us down a little bit with the extra weight, and the way the wing flows. We put a pretty good combination together. I got him off the line, and ran a .52. I was holding him off pretty good there, until he came around me pretty hard on the big end, and he ran a .42"
Wells expects to have a new wing constructed to similar specs of his old wing ready for this weekend's Division 5 race in Earlville, Iowa.
"I have another guy making me another one [wing]," stated Wells. "It's going to be a little bit different, but very similar. It will be another carbon fiber wing, I don't want another big chunk of weight up there."
-Plain Vanilla Racing