Clutch problems end Wells bid for a repeat win in semifinals BRAINERD, Minn. - Former NHRA Division 5 Federal Mogul Dragster Champion David Wells posted his best national event finish of the year during this past weekend's Colonel's Truck ...
Clutch problems end Wells bid for a repeat win in semifinals
BRAINERD, Minn. - Former NHRA Division 5 Federal Mogul Dragster Champion David Wells posted his best national event finish of the year during this past weekend's Colonel's Truck Accessory Nationals in Brainerd, Minn. Wells made it to the semifinals, only to have a clutch disc problem slow him for the second race in a row, enough for his opponent Bill Reichert to take the win.
Wells, from LeMars, Iowa, qualified his Blue Bunny Ice Cream/ "Plain Vanilla" Blown Alcohol Dragster second with a 5.531 second pass at 256.26 mph. In round one, he took out Jeff Bohr with a 5.563 at 253.80 mph, then had a bye run in the second round, recording a 5.537 at 253.28 mph on his solo. In his semifinal bout with Reichert, took a slight starting line advantage, but slowed to a 5.674 at 251.06 mph due to a bad clutch disc. The bad disc caused excessive clutch slippage, resulting in the slower e.t.
"The clutch was kind of goofing with us all weekend," said Wells. "We got it to the point where we thought we had it fixed. Then all of a sudden, on the third run [semifinals], it blew right through it again. It's not a new batch, but it's a batch we bought last year, but out of a different box. So, obviously, the coefficient of friction is a little bit different again. We just haven't got a handle on the right amount of weight and static in it."
Even with the tough loss in the semifinals, the race was somewhat of a relief for the team, who had only won one round of national event competition in four events. With their 'slump' behind them, the Blue Bunny Ice Cream/ "Plain Vanilla" team has their eyes set on their next race, the biggest in all of drag racing, the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals at the famed Indianapolis Raceway Park. The event has one more qualifying pass than usual (4), and Wells hopes to utilize all of those runs to get a handle on what may be the toughest event of the year.
"Hopefully we can get two sets of discs that are relatively the same [hardness]," explained Wells. "That's what we normally like to do. We get two sets, and we can just switch them in between runs. Hopefully we can get enough runs on them they will start to match back up again. It usually is a pretty good system. That's what we will be trying to do there."