Seattle: Pawuk gaining momentum

Mark Pawuk feels like he has been set free. During the last few seasons the Summit Racing Pontiac Firebird driver was stuck in a dead-end rut, winless since the 1995 season. Sure, he was qualifying, but not producing the kind of results he knew...

Mark Pawuk feels like he has been set free. During the last few seasons the Summit Racing Pontiac Firebird driver was stuck in a dead-end rut, winless since the 1995 season. Sure, he was qualifying, but not producing the kind of results he knew his team was capable of.

In 2000, Pawuk and his team have ditched the pesky gremlins that have haunted their efforts for the last few seasons. He's winning races again and feeling better than ever.

After posting a runner-up finish at Phoenix early in the season, Pawuk felt he was on to something. He posted a semifinal finish at Las Vegas, further solidifying his thoughts. He finally won his dream race - at Columbus, Ohio - and things have never been better. Just for good measure, Pawuk claimed runner-up honors at the recent Winston Showdown, NHRA's all-star event. "I consider the first half of this season awesome," said Pawuk. "It's the best season I've had since I've been a professional up to this point. The highlight of the first half was obviously winning the Pontiac Excitement Nationals presented by Summit Racing (Columbus, Ohio) -- also going to the semifinals at the Summitracing.com NHRA Nationals in Las Vegas."

Pawuk hopes his strong season continues with a solid effort at SIR. He has a strong track record at this event: winning here in 1992 and posting runner-up finishes here in '93 and '90.

"We would like to keep the momentum going through the remainder of the year," said Pawuk, currently fourth in the Winston point standings. "We would like to finish as the top three or four car of the year and win a couple of more races -- get into more finals and keep our consistency. There are a lot of good cars out there and it's going to be tough to do. But we feel we have one of the best Pro Stock drag racing teams out there, and we're all focused to work even harder to make that happen during the second half of the year."

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