Joliet: David Wells wrap up

JOLIET, Ill. - NHRA Federal Mogul Dragster driver David Wells may have lost the battle during eliminaitons in Chicago, but won his war on the tire shake and parts breakage problems he has had over the past few races. At this past weekend's Lucas...

JOLIET, Ill. - NHRA Federal Mogul Dragster driver David Wells may have lost the battle during eliminaitons in Chicago, but won his war on the tire shake and parts breakage problems he has had over the past few races. At this past weekend's Lucas Oil Products Nationals at Route 66 Raceway just outside of Chicago, Wells stepped back up into the 5.4 second zone in qualifying, but fell off that pace in his round one loss to eventual runner up Mike Strasburg.

Wells, who helps run the family ice cream business in LeMars, Iowa, qualified his Blue Bunny Ice Cream/ "Plain Vanilla" Blown Alcohol Dragster No. 6 with a 5.459 at 257.53 mph, due in part to a new clutch combination. A slight adjustment for the first round caused an adverse effect, causing the car to fall off to a 5.587 at 252.80 mph to Strasburg's 5.481 at 259.56 mph.

"We've been having severe tire shake with the same clutch set up we were using last year," said Wells. "We decided that it just wasn't going anywhere, and we needed to change something. We made a drastic change, and the car really liked that one and ran a 5.45. We tried to make another small change for the first round, but that didn't work."

"In the first round, we decided to take a shot at it," continued Wells. "We didn't have any more qualifying laps, and we knew it was a gamble, but we decided to take a shot. It didn't work. The clutch didn't lock up the entire run. It still ran a 5.58, which is ok, but it doesn't cut it when the other guy runs a 5.48."

In addition to conquering his tire shake problems, Wells also had a weekend free of parts breakage, something that has plagued Wells his past two races.

"Everything worked pretty well," stated Wells. "We had a little surprise when we got home, but we had parts to fix that, and it wasn't anything real serious. Hopefully we are over that stumbling block for a little while."

With his regained performance level, Wells and the Blue Bunny Ice Cream/ "Plain Vanilla" team are looking forward to their next race, Race 3 in the Division 5 Federal Mogul Drag Racing Series in Brainerd, Minn., next weekend.

"It's still going to be a little bit risky," commented Wells. "We have to skip Friday qualifying because of work commitments, so I will only get the two shots on Saturday. We'll go in with the basic setup that we ran the 5.45 with, because we know that will get down the track, and go from there. I think with a few adjustments, we can really get this thing going in the right direction."

-Plain Vanilla Racing

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Series NHRA
Drivers Mike Strasburg , David Wells