Dallas: Mark Pawuk preview

It was the best of times, it was the.. no, it was definitely the worst of times RICHFIELD, OH 10/8/03 This is the month that Mark "Cowboy" Pawuk will happily forget--if he can. For his Summit Racing Pro Stock Pontiac group it had to be the...

It was the best of times, it was the.. no, it was definitely the worst of times

RICHFIELD, OH 10/8/03 This is the month that Mark "Cowboy" Pawuk will happily forget--if he can. For his Summit Racing Pro Stock Pontiac group it had to be the most frustrating period in the team's history. High hopes were dashed time and time again, ill-timed rain storms washed out and forced the re-scheduling of two complete races, and on two other occasions important qualifying sessions were rained out. All in all it was a very forgettable September for Pawuk.

"There's not much I can say," he said following the latest disaster, which took place in Reading, Pennsylvania at the re-scheduled Lucas Oil Nationals. "We lost one qualifying session at that race the first time around, and desperately needed our two opportunities last weekend, but we only got one of 'em after it rained again.

"Everyone obviously faced the same problems we did, but some of them got it done, and we didn't," he added dejectedly.

One major change has taken place within the team, as Terry Adams has joined Marcus Bowen in sharing the crew chief duties, at least temporarily. An added benefit of having Adams on board is that he can handle some of the testing for the team.

"We're all hoping this change will improve our performances," Pawuk said candidly. "I know we can do better, our sponsors know we can do better and heck, even the guys on the team know we can do better. We've just got to buckle down and get it done. The only thing that's keeping us going at this point is that the fans continue to offer us encouragement, and haven't abandoned us. No matter what anyone says, when the fans are telling you to hang in there, it definitely boosts your spirits, but for me a real boost would be qualifying at Dallas."

"There are three races left to our season, so there's still a chance for us to end the year on a high note. I'm determined we're going to do that," he said.

The team has picked up its new Jerry Bickel-built 2004 Pontiac Grand Am, and will hopefully test during the coming week. If the car performs up to expectations it may make its competitive debut at the O'Reilly's Fall Nationals in Dallas this coming weekend.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Mark Pawuk , Terry Adams