STANTON, MI. - If the word "Drag Racer" appeared in the dictionary, it wouldn't surprise many if Scott Weney's picture appeared next to the definition. Not only is Weney a Funny Car driver, and successful one at that, being the IHRA.com Funny Car...
STANTON, MI. - If the word "Drag Racer" appeared in the dictionary, it wouldn't surprise many if Scott Weney's picture appeared next to the definition. Not only is Weney a Funny Car driver, and successful one at that, being the IHRA.com Funny Car points leader, but he is also a successful bracket racer and race car builder. Both of which have helped elevate him to the being one of the premiere Funny Car driver's in the sport.
In what is becoming Weney's best Funny Car season so far in his career, he continued his run to his first IHRA.com Funny Car championship with yet another final round appearance at the CARQUEST Auto Parts Northern Nationals at the Mid-Michigan Motorplex in Stanton, Michigan. So far this year, other than a second round loss to Smith at the Amalie Summer Nationals in Cordova, ILL, Scott Weney has been to every IHRA final round. It began at the Prolong Winter Nationals with a runner-up finish to Jimmy Rector.
He defeated Von Smith at the Holley Spring Nationals in Rockingham before Smith turned the table the won at the Mopar Parts Canadian Nationals, beating Weney. After losing in the final at the last event, the CARQUEST Empire Nationals, and destroying a body in the process, many figured Weney might struggle at the CARQUEST Northern Nationals. But he left off where he had been all season, consistently getting down the track and cutting good lights at the starting line.
"Consistency wins drag races and championships," Weney said following the final round. "Von has proven it in the past and he is right with us at the top of the point standings. If we are to beat Von, we not only have to be equal on the performance level, but myself as a driver has to give us that extra boost to put us over the top."
At the Northern Nationals, Weney went 5.90, 5.91, then 5.90, before crossing the centerline and almost collecting Smith in the process. Smith took the win with a 6.892/150.88.
"That was exciting, I almost lost another body, but that's racing, we'll get'em at Norwalk," Weney said. "It's no doubt that Von saw us because it's hard not to see this bright paint scheme courtesy of the folks at Extreme, they did a good job."
One of the closest IHRA.com Funny Car points battles ever continues next week as Weney looks for yet another final round appearance at the IHRA premiere event, the Mopar Parts Mopar Nationals, presented by Ethanol Performs! at Norwalk Raceway Park in Norwalk, Ohio.