Brainerd: Mark Pawuk final summary

Pawuk Back On Track "Up North" Out Of The Groove, Out Of Luck! RICHFIELD, OH 8/16/04 "Thank goodness the West Coast Swing is over," admitted Mark "Cowboy" Pawuk following the Lucas Oil Nationals in Brainerd, Minnesota last weekend. "I...

Pawuk Back On Track "Up North"
Out Of The Groove, Out Of Luck!

RICHFIELD, OH 8/16/04 "Thank goodness the West Coast Swing is over," admitted Mark "Cowboy" Pawuk following the Lucas Oil Nationals in Brainerd, Minnesota last weekend. "I thought we'd never get out of there!

"Okay, I'm kidding, but not by much. We had a pretty rotten time of it out west, only qualifying in one out of three races, but now that we're back in our neck of the woods, things are already looking up.

"We were pleased with the way our Summit Racing Pontiac performed this weekend, but even though it might appear otherwise, we know we still don't have enough 'steam' to win races. We're trying some pretty radical things in our engine department, because at this point we haven't got anything to lose.

"We desperately want to win one of these NHRA POWERade Series races before the season ends, and there are only seven more opportunities before it's all over. Given the choice, the one we'd really like to win is the 50th Annual U.S. Nationals, but we know that would be a big, BIG stretch for us.

"They say football is a game of inches. Well, Pro Stock drag racing is a game of money and horsepower, and right now we're a little bit short in both areas. We're doing the best we can, and if we continue to improve as we did between our last outing in California and this past weekend in Brainerd, we'll be all right."

"We're also making some moves within the team that should help us keep going in the right direction. Scott Pastircack has left our engine program to pursue other opportunities, and his place in the shop will be taken by Mike Smith, who's been working with us on the road for most of the season. Mike and Jim Shaver will handle things with our engines, while Craig Hankinson has been hired to work with Marcus Bowen as one of our road warriors. Marcus has been doing a good job as our crew chief, so we won't miss a beat in that area.

"I'm disappointed in myself because my teammate, Jason Line, beat me off the starting line in the first round on Sunday, and that's been a rarity this season. Unfortunately for us, the car started shaking and then got out of the groove, and by that time, Jason was long gone. No excuses, he won the race, and that's what counts."

Next: Mid-South Nationals, Memphis, August 20-22

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Series NHRA
Drivers Mark Pawuk , Craig Hankinson , Mike Smit