B&B TEAM MAKES GREAT PROGRESS AT PONTIAC EXCITEMENT NATIONALS COLUMBUS, OH - It was a race that defined the term "winning ugly" as Bob Weickgenannt and the Columbia, MD based B&B Racing fuel Funny Car team...
B&B TEAM MAKES GREAT PROGRESS AT PONTIAC EXCITEMENT NATIONALS COLUMBUS, OH - It was a race that defined the term "winning ugly" as Bob Weickgenannt and the Columbia, MD based B&B Racing fuel Funny Car team faced off against the Tony Pedregon entry in the first round of eliminations at the Pontiac Excitement Nationals in Columbus, OH.
After qualifying in the #12 position for eliminations, the Variform, Velux and Tenneco sponsored entry found themselves paired against Pedregon's #5 qualifier. As both cars left the line, Pedregon's car smoked the tires about 60' off the starting line and it looked like Weickgenannt's race. At about 200' down the track, the B&B entry went up in smoke and the battle was on! Weickgenannt and Pedregon both got off and back on the throttle but Pedregon prevailed with a 6.66 second elapsed time to Weickgenannt's 7.96.
It was the end to a great weekend for the B&B Racing Team as their #12 qualifying position, 5.113 second elapsed time and 299.60 MPH speed were all best-ever efforts for the team. This field was also the quickest in NHRA history.
Co-crew chiefs Keith Platt and Dennis Whitestone were both happy with the progress the team made at the event. "We did what we came to do here this weekend. We wanted to run all four qualifying passes, and when we didn't them all in, we had to look for consistency in Round 1. Bob did a great job of driving this weekend and we are headed in the right direction", said Platt.
Weickgenannt felt that more experience in the seat could have helped with this one. "With a better pedaling job, we might have been able to win the round. I soft-pedaled (got off the throttle) the car once, but it just bounced around and I couldn't get it back up to speed fast enough to beat Tony", said Weickgenannt.