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Wells just misses win in Houston BAYTOWN, Texas - Defending four-time NHRA Division 5 Champion David Wells just missed winning this past weekend's O'Reilly Spring Nationals presented by Pennzoil at Houston Raceway Park. Wells lost to Mitch...

Wells just misses win in Houston

BAYTOWN, Texas - Defending four-time NHRA Division 5 Champion David Wells just missed winning this past weekend's O'Reilly Spring Nationals presented by Pennzoil at Houston Raceway Park. Wells lost to Mitch Myers in the final by a mere .005 of a second.

Wells, from LeMars, Iowa, qualified his Blue Bunny Ice Cream/"Plain Vanilla" blown alcohol dragster eighth in the field with a 5.414 second time at 264.91 mph. In round one, he defeated Gene Snow with a career-best 5.347 at 266.06 mph, and then took out local racer Lee Callaway with a new career best 5.343 at 264.70 mph. Wells then squared off against Ashley Force, daughter of 12 time Funny Car Champ John Force, in the semifinals and took the win with a 5.389 at 264.29 mph.

In his final round matchup with Myers, Wells took the starting line advantage, but his 5.355 at 263.31 mph could not hold off Myers' injected-nitro machine's 5.307 at 258.17 mph. The margin of victory was only .009 of a second.

"I could hear him all the way down the track," said Wells of the final. "I was just thinking, 'come on finish line,' and then he got me right in the lights. We just kept on moving things around this weekend, and the car really came around in the first round."

The next race for the Blue Bunny Ice Cream/"Plain Vanilla" team will be the Summit Racing Equipment Nationals at Atlanta Dragway, May 13-16.

"We're just going to go down there and try to keep on doing what we did in Houston," stated Wells. "Hopefully the altitude there will help slow the A/Fuel cars down some."

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Series NHRA
Drivers John Force , Ashley Force , David Wells