Phoenix: Mark Pawuk final summary

"Not Enough Power!" Pawuk Misses The Cut In Arizona CHANDLER, AZ 2/27/05 The CSK Nationals proved to be another frustrating outing for Mark "Cowboy" Pawuk's Pro Stock Pontiac team as they failed to qualify for the ...

"Not Enough Power!"
Pawuk Misses The Cut In Arizona

CHANDLER, AZ 2/27/05 The CSK Nationals proved to be another frustrating outing for Mark "Cowboy" Pawuk's Pro Stock Pontiac team as they failed to qualify for the second outing on this year's NHRA POWERade Series circuit.

"After Pomona (the Winternationals two weeks ago) I thought we'd had our share of bad luck for the season," said Pawuk after qualifying ended with his car sitting three spots out of the field. "We did a lot of thrashing in getting our engines back to Ohio for more testing and repairs and then that back out to Arizona, but the bottom line is that right now we just don't have enough horsepower. Horsepower is still the name of the game out here, and without it you're like the guy holding a knife in a gun fight. You're just not going to survive.

"In all honesty, we knew from the results on our dyno that we were going to be lucky to qualify here, and it just didn't happen.

"But, while we didn't qualify the weekend wasn't a total loss because we learned some important things about the car that will help us in our next outing. We made some radical changes to the suspension and it paid off with better elapsed times than we should have been able to come up with considering the horsepower we had. So, when we combine those changes with the increased power we hope to come up with between now at the Gatornationals, our fortunes should improve.

"Right now we'll head back to Ohio where we hope to have our first Bob Ingles-built engine ready in time for some testing prior to the Gatornationals, but we'll just have to see. In addition to that, our guys also have two more engines almost complete, so the next few weeks could get interesting. Everything takes more time than you think it should, and that's also a factor. Bob is waiting for some new cylinder heads to complete that engine, so he's stopped until they arrive.

"It might not seem like it from the outside, but even though we've got experienced people working on our team we're almost like a completely new operation because of the numerous changes we've gone through since last year. We're going to keep digging, and with a few weeks before the Gators, we hope to come up with the power we need to be a factor in that race and the others that'll follow it.

"I ended up doing color commentary with Bob Frey during the first round of Pro Stock, which was fun, but it certainly wasn't where I wanted to be. Hopefully, I won't be 'available' to do anymore announcing this year!"

Next: NHRA Mac Tools Gatornationals, Gainesville Raceway, Gainesville, Florida, March 17-20

-mpr-

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