STANTON, MI - Scott Weney knows that a supercharged engine can be a volatile combination. If he didn't know that before the finals of the recently completed IHRA CARQUEST Empire Nationals, he knew it afterwards. The veteran Pro Funny Car ...
STANTON, MI - Scott Weney knows that a supercharged engine can be a volatile combination. If he didn't know that before the finals of the recently completed IHRA CARQUEST Empire Nationals, he knew it afterwards. The veteran Pro Funny Car driver, who commandeers the Ken Sheetz-owned Pontiac flopper, encountered a serious engine explosion during the final round of eliminations that launched the team's Pontiac Firebird flopper body. He was unhurt in the mishap.
Have no fear; the Calvary is on the way for the former nitro flopper pilot. Thanks to the folks at Riggeal's Performance Fiberglass in Biglerville, Pa., Weney will return to competition with a 2000 Corvette-bodied entry. The team overcame the large obstacle thanks to Greg Riggeal, owner of RPF.
In looking back on the incident, Weney plays off any danger that he might have encountered during the incident.
"It wasn't that bad, rather exciting I'd have to admit," explained Weney. "We blew the burst panel and broke a connecting rod. The shock of the burst panel broke the top off of the fuel pump, it sprayed fuel and then fire entered the picture. It went bang and I couldn't see anything because of the firewall. I thought it was just my visor, but then I felt the heat of the fire and I had second thoughts. This one was going to be nasty. I just held on and took a ride. Regardless of what anybody thinks, I'm not interested in an altered ride."
He continued, "Once the body left, I knew it was alright. Then I was more concerned with if I had won or not."
To add insult to injury, vandals stole the remaining parts of the body. Weney admits that he could not have saved the original body, but there were parts that could have been re-used. That option went out the window.
"I hated that happened," explained Weney. "The rear section had every event sticker of the last three years and that was more of a sentimental thing. It also had two chute packs which could have gone on the new car".
Through an obvious disappointing experience, Weney still looks to the positive. The team brought in Ringers Gloves as an associate sponsorship. The popular company makes various race mechanic equipment such as mechanic's gloves and work aprons. You can visit their website at www.ringersgloves.com
The team would also like to thank C&S Diversified Services, who also joined the team as an associate sponsor.
You can watch this explosion on TNN as the IHRA race coverage will kick in every Sunday evening at 10:30 starting on August 6.