Dallas: Mark Pawuk final summary

Broken Valve Slows The Cowboy "Frustration Defines Our Season," Says Pawuk ENNIS, TX 9/24/04 "if I started to list everything that's gone wrong for our Summit Racing Pontiac Team this season," said Mark "Cowboy" Pawuk following another DNQ...

Broken Valve Slows The Cowboy "Frustration Defines Our Season," Says Pawuk

ENNIS, TX 9/24/04 "if I started to list everything that's gone wrong for our Summit Racing Pontiac Team this season," said Mark "Cowboy" Pawuk following another DNQ at the O'Reilly Auto Parts Nationals, "the list would take three or four pages.

"We're determined to continue trying our best, and if that includes renting engines from another supplier while our team tries to get on top of things in our engine room, then so be it. But, to then have one of those rental engines suffer a minor failure, yet one that forced us to pull it and replace it with one of our own, it makes you wonder how bad things can get.

"Our own engine performed within a few hundredths of a second of the one we rented, but it still wasn't good enough," Pawuk added. "I'm frustrated for myself, for our team, and for our sponsors. Most of all, I'm frustrated for our fans, who have shown incredible loyalty.

"Right now it's the fans who are keeping us going. Since mid-summer we've had more visitors than I can even come close to counting, all offering their support, which we very much appreciate. We're going to go all out in these last few races to give them something to cheer about.

"I think we might have been on to something at Maple Grove, but at the same time I'm actually not happy that we did get to run before it started to rain because I didn't think the track was quite right. Nevertheless, we're headed to Joliet this coming weekend, and then we'll go back to Reading before we go to Las Vegas. We're going to give it our all at every one of those races, just as we have all year long.

"We will never give up!"

Next: Carquest Auto Parts Nationals, Route 66 Raceway, Joliet, Illinois, October 1-3

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