David Wells wins Denver

Plain Vanilla Racing Blue Bunny Ice Cream Wells makes it two wins in a row in Denver MORRISON, Colo. - Former two-time NHRA Division 5 Federal Mogul Dragster Champion David Wells made another strong step towards picking up a third championship...

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Wells makes it two wins in a row in Denver

MORRISON, Colo. - Former two-time NHRA Division 5 Federal Mogul Dragster Champion David Wells made another strong step towards picking up a third championship by winning this past weekend's Division 5 Federal Mogul Drag Racing Series race at Bandimere Speedway just outside of Denver. The win was Wells' second straight win in Division 5 competition, and third divisional win of the year.

Wells, from LeMars, Iowa, qualified his Blue Bunny Ice Cream/ "Plain Vanilla" Blown Alcohol Dragster No. 2 with an elapsed time of 5.785 seconds at 235.43 mph. In round one, Wells took out Ed Schmeekle with a 5.807 at 248.25 mph, then used a 5.833 at 245.85 mph to put away Alan Bradshaw in the semifinals. The final round was a battle of the No. 1 and 2 qualifiers, Wells and No. 1 qualifier Mike Strasburg. The race was an all Wells affair, as he took the starting line advantage with a near perfect .404 reaction time (.400 is perfect), and never looked back, running a 5.782 at 247.25 mph to Strasburg's 5.821 at 247.02 mph.

"We went out and made a few changes here and there," said Wells. "We just did our normal deal, and everything worked out fairly well. In the first round, we had a fairly easy race in Schmeekle, who wasn't running very well, and I don't know why. Then Bradshaw goofed up a little bit with a red-light against us in the second round, so that made that one easy. For the final, we had to step it up there a little bit for Strasburg. Mike had been running good. I stepped on it a little bit, and I stepped on the tree just a little bit, got out in front, and just hung on for the win. Everything went our way for a change, again."

With three out of the six Division 5 races completed, Wells holds a 142 point lead over the defending champ Bruce Bowler. Even with that much of a lead, Wells is quick to point out there is still a lot of racing left, and does not want to get into a 'comfort zone.'

"What we try to do is just focus on each race," Wells explained. "We try to keep the points thing out of it, because that can just turn you around. You can get too focused on the points, but you just have to be focused on winning rounds. That's what keeps you ahead of everybody. That's kind of what we have been doing. We were struggling in the beginning of the year. We didn't worry about the points deal, and just focused on getting the car to run right. We just try to keep it going down the track and winning rounds."

-PVR

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Series NHRA
Drivers Mike Strasburg , Alan Bradshaw , David Wells