Las Vegas: David Wells preview

Plain Vanilla Racing Blue Bunny Ice Cream Wells looking to make end-of-year charge in Vegas LAS VEGAS - If one were to look at the season that NHRA Federal Mogul Dragster pilot David Wells and his Blue Bunny Ice Cream/ "Plain Vanilla" team...

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Wells looking to make end-of-year charge in Vegas

LAS VEGAS - If one were to look at the season that NHRA Federal Mogul Dragster pilot David Wells and his Blue Bunny Ice Cream/ "Plain Vanilla" team have had, one might think they had two separate teams. One being the usual, strong team that dominated Division 5 competition to bring home their third Division 5 title in four years, then on the other hand, a team that just can't seem to get a break on the national level. Wells hopes to put an end to that trend with a strong showing during this weekend's AC Delco Nationals at "The Strip" in Las Vegas.

Wells, who oversees mechanical operations at the family's Blue Bunny Ice Cream plant in LeMars, Iowa, has only made it out of the first round twice in eight starts on the national level this year. Wells believes his problems at his past several events can be linked to ignition problems.

"Here at the last few races, it wants to nose over when it gets under a heavy load in high gear," said Wells. "We're pretty sure it's in the ignition system. We had them [MSD] check it in Chicago, and in Dallas, and they keep telling us everything is ok. In Dallas, we actually changed all three components [of the ignition system - coil, control box, and generator] with our spare parts, which they claimed was ok, but our problem actually got worse. So we got some new components, and we're going to change them one at a time. I think it is in the control box, but we're not 100% sure. Hopefully we can find the problem, and this thing will start to run again."

"In the first round in Dallas," Wells continued, "the thing was actually backfiring during the run. It started doing it in Denver, but we didn't pay any attention to it, because it usually does goofy things in Denver. So, starting in Chicago, you can look on the computer graph, when you put it in high gear, the thing just starts to nose over. We just want to find the problem, whether it is in the fuel or ignition system."

If Wells can find the cause of his recent problems, he hopes to return to the 5.4 second zone in Vegas.

"Not knowing this track, I'm assuming we'll probably run low .50's, high .40's," commented Wells. "That's if everything is working right. We'll just have to see what happens."

Qualifying begins on Friday with two sessions for the Federal Mogul Dragsters.  Saturday will feature one final qualifying shot, followed by first round of eliminations.  Final eliminations will conclude the event on Sunday.  Stay tuned to InsideFMRacing.com for the latest news from the world of Federal Mogul Racing.

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