Pawuk closes engine shop - only temporary

Pawuk Temporarily Closes Engine Shop RICHFIELD, OH 7/13/05 Mark "Cowboy" Pawuk today confirmed the rumors that he's closed his engine building facility in Richfield, Ohio, but the 20-year veteran of the NHRA Pro Stock wars emphasized that...

Pawuk Temporarily Closes Engine Shop

RICHFIELD, OH 7/13/05 Mark "Cowboy" Pawuk today confirmed the rumors that he's closed his engine building facility in Richfield, Ohio, but the 20-year veteran of the NHRA Pro Stock wars emphasized that the closure is only temporary.

"I've already had some phone calls about this, and people are assuming that I'm going to retire from racing, but that couldn't be further from the truth," Pawuk said from his office at Empaco Equipment Corporation.

"Just last week I was in St. Louis at Jerry Bickel's shop getting fitted for our new Pontiac GTO, and we are still planning on being back on the track at the Lucas Oil Nationals in Brainerd in mid-August. Now, knowing how building a new car can take longer than one might expect, it's possible that we won't make it out until the Memphis race, but I want to emphasize that we are coming back, and I am not retiring.

"It's obvious from our lack of performances earlier this year that we were struggling, not only with a car problem, but with an engine problem as well. In all candor, I was less than pleased with the results of the team working in our engine department, and after our latest disaster in which a brand new engine failed on the third dyno pull I felt it was time to make wholesale personnel changes.

"We have not eliminated any of the hardware from our engine development shop, nor do we plan to.

"Bob Ingles is continuing to work on engines for us in his shop back east, and we're also going to continue working with our Ohio neighbor, Ron Krisher, on an engine program, so while some of the players may be changing here at Mark Pawuk Racing, we are definitely going to continue running.

"Our team of dedicated mechanics, which includes crew chief Marcus Bowen, test driver Craig Hankinson, Robert Morrow, and Jim Shaver are continuing to work on various projects, which includes an extensive evaluation of our Grand Am, so once again, forget what you might have heard: We're going to continue racing and are actually getting pretty antsy about getting back on the track."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Mark Pawuk , Ron Krisher , Craig Hankinson