Rockingham: Scott Weney kicks off 2001 championship defense season

ROCKINGHAM, NC. - If the off-season following his 2000 championship campaign is any indication of what his forthcoming title-defense season is going to be like, then defending IHRA Pro Funny Car champion Scott Weney is bracing for a rollercoaster...

ROCKINGHAM, NC. - If the off-season following his 2000 championship campaign is any indication of what his forthcoming title-defense season is going to be like, then defending IHRA Pro Funny Car champion Scott Weney is bracing for a rollercoaster ride of emotions. Weney, as well as any knowledgeable drag racer, knows that the peaks always outweigh the valleys. Weney's 2001 debut provided a clear example of both ends of the spectrum.

Weney admits that this method means that there will never be a dull moment.

"I could probably hope for things to go a lot smoother at times, but that could lead to boredom," laughed Weney, who builds racecar chassis in his daily 9-5 regimen. "We got off to a slow start because we had a lot of details that had to be completed before we could make an appearance at Rockingham. Once we got in there and established our baseline and fine-tuned it in, we were on the top of our game."

It all wasn't as simple as apple pie for the former Nitro Funny Car racer from Royersford, Pa. Weney, who was recently named the driver of the Billy Gibson flopper, arrived in Rockingham to see the pit space reserved for him empty. However, the team arrived early on Saturday morning and made their first run on Saturday. His first lap only netted an 8.401/103.63. On the final attempt and on the outside looking in, Weney upped the ante and made the program with a 6.191/215.17.

He concluded qualifying as the fifteenth quickest and that paired him opposite of Bob Newberry in the first round. In the battle of past and current champions, Weney strapped a holeshot on Newberry and sent him packing courtesy of a 5.883/234.57, which served as the low elapsed time of the round.

His fortunes ended in the semis opposite of John Vouros as he couldn't parlay a quicker reaction time into victory. Weney got out of the groove and lifted saving the car to race another day.

- Bobby Bennett

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Series Drag
Drivers Bob Newberry , Scott Weney , John Vouros