Budds Creek: Scott Weney post race story

BUDDS CREEK, Md.-For only the second time this season Funny Car racer, Scott Weney did not make to the final round of an IHRA national event. He'll still settle for a quarter-final finish at the Expressautopart.com President's Cup in Budds Creek,...

BUDDS CREEK, Md.-For only the second time this season Funny Car racer, Scott Weney did not make to the final round of an IHRA national event. He'll still settle for a quarter-final finish at the Expressautopart.com President's Cup in Budds Creek, Md. What made it bearable is that he defeated closest points foe Von Smith in the first round.

In seven of the last nine events on the IHRA Summit Drag Racing Series, Weney has made it to the final round. In his seven final appearances, the current championship point leader has captured three national event wins.

Qualifying set the tone for the elimination rounds. The Royersford, Pa.-resident ended up number nine in the sixteen-car field; well below what the Sheetz Electrical-sponsored team is capable of.

The team battled with traction problems throughout the weekend, over powering the track, which resulted in tire shake on almost every pass.

In round one of Saturday's eliminations, Weney defeated former IHRA world champ Van Smith of Oak Ridge, Tenn. Both cars experienced tire shake on the run. Weney recovered first delivering a 5.956 second elapsed time to Smith's 6.045 losing effort.

Weney won the round, but gave up lane choice in the second round to number one qualifier and new ET record holder Jim Lape.

Weney has his work cut out for him against Lape. Weney clocked a better reaction time, but overpowered the starting line, spinning the rear tires. Weney struggled to a 6.520/190.11 finish well behind eventual event winner Jim Lape, 5.794/242.89.

Lape reset the IHRA ET for the second time during the event in addition to claiming a new speed record 244.38 miles per hour on the pass.

The Sheetz Electrical team will travel to Red River Raceway in Shreveport, La., to compete in the Mopar Performance World Finals, Oct. 12-14.

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Series Drag
Drivers Scott Weney , Von Smith