Commerce: Mark Pawuk eliminations summary

Pawuk "performs" down south Holeshots keep Summit team moving up COMMERCE, GA 5/4/03 Mark "Cowboy" Pawuk did his best driving of the still-young NHRA POWERade season during this past weekend's Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals...

Pawuk "performs" down south
Holeshots keep Summit team moving up

COMMERCE, GA 5/4/03 Mark "Cowboy" Pawuk did his best driving of the still-young NHRA POWERade season during this past weekend's Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals presented by Pontiac, but he knows there's still more to do.

"Our Summit Racing Pontiac ran well this weekend," he acknowledged, "but from the results of our second round race against Greg (Anderson), it's obvious we've still got a ways to go.

"Marcus (Bowen) and the rest of the guys did a good job with the car, and we're pretty happy with the way we ran except for one thing: I just wish we'd've been about twelve hundredths of a mile an hour faster during qualifying!"

Pawuk was referring to the fact that on his best qualifying run, which came in the second session on Saturday morning, the Summit Racing Pontiac carded a 6.858/201.22. Allen Johnson's entry then matched Pawuk's elapsed time, coming in with a speed of 201.34 mph, which gave him the eighth spot on the list, relegating Pawuk to ninth.

Pawuk made up for it with an excellent first round holeshot against Johnson, leaving with .026 Reaction Time while Johnson came out second with an .039 R.T. Pawuk's Matco Tools-backed Pontiac then stormed to a 6.862/200.92 mph victory as Johnson's car had some problems.

In the second round Pawuk was again "on" the Tree, carding a stellar .025 second Reaction Time to opponent Greg Anderson's .041, but Anderson had the power to overcome the head start, winning with a 6.821 to 6.865 second margin. Pawuk ran his fastest speed of the weekend in the loss at 201.49 mph.

"That was certainly disappointing," Pawuk admitted, "but we can all see the progress we're making. If we keep going like this, good things will come our way. We moved a little closer to the Top 10 this past weekend, and are now only just over one round out (Pawuk is 22 points out of tenth place. Ed.), and I think we can get back in there at Englishtown in a couple of weeks.

"The competition is better than ever, but we're keeping pace with 'em, and we've got a lot of confidence about the future."

With powerplants from the team's in-house engine shop continuing to perform well while testing continues between races, Mark Pawuk's Summit Racing Pontiac is headed towards the NHRA POWERade Top 10. "Getting back into the Top 10 remains a goal for us," Pawuk says, "and that'll come, but we'd really like to make a big move by winning a race. That's the real goal right now."

The team had planned on remaining in Commerce for testing on Monday, but rain cancelled the outing. It time permits, additional testing may take place before the Englishtown race, but that will depend on track availability and time. "We'd like to test before Englishtown," said crew chief Marcus Bowen, "but before we do that we're going to go through our engines again, and that'll take some time. If we can do it, we will, because every time we've tested we've benefited from it."

Next: K&N Filters Super Nationals, Englishtown, NJ May 16-18

-mp/sr-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Mark Pawuk , Greg Anderson , Allen Johnson