Baytown: Mark Pawuk final summary

The Struggle Continues As "The Cowboy" Seeks More Power RICHFIELD, OH 4/12/05 In two decades of Pro Stock competition Mark "Cowboy" Pawuk has seldom experienced a more frustrating string of national events than the four thus far completed on...

The Struggle Continues As "The Cowboy" Seeks More Power

RICHFIELD, OH 4/12/05 In two decades of Pro Stock competition Mark "Cowboy" Pawuk has seldom experienced a more frustrating string of national events than the four thus far completed on the 2005 POWERade Series schedule. "There've been a couple of races where we've been close, but close only counts in horseshoes, grenades and nuclear weapons," he said from his office at Empaco Equipment Corporation two days after the Houston race.

"We've been trying some different things in our engine development shop, and while some of them have shown considerable promise, we've had more than our share of bad luck. It seems that every time we think we're getting somewhere a parts failure or other glitch sets everything back.

"Bob Ingles has also been working on some engine stuff for us, and he's been having the same sort of results. But, since last weekend's fiasco Bob's latest powerplant has been completed, and we hope to be running it this weekend at the Summitracing.com Nationals in Las Vegas. Up until now we've been running engines assembled in our own shop.

"We obviously want to be running better than we are, but for this team, performing well in Las Vegas is particularly important. We certainly want to shine in front of the Summit folks who will be there, and we've had good luck at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the past, so hopefully, everything will come together for us and we'll be part of the show on Sunday.

"We tried a pretty radical setup with the clutch for the fourth session in Houston and it obviously didn't work, but at that point we had nothing to lose and went for it. We're going to continue to try different setups until we hit upon one that works. We are not going to throw up our hands and give up.

"Everyone talks about how competitive Pro Stock is, and I certainly agree with that, but to really experience how competitive things are you only have to make four runs and not qualify to truly experience it.

"We've been on top and on the bottom and believe me, this is the toughest it's ever been for our team, but no one's giving up. We're going to keep plugging away until we've got the power we need so that we can be competitive with our teammates."

In an effort to be better prepared for the Las Vegas race the team spent the two days following the Houston race testing, with mechanic Craig Hakinson behind the wheel. Other than problems with inclement weather things went well, resulting in competitive elapsed times and speeds. Stay tuned!

-ja-

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