Englishtown: Mark Pawuk race summary

Summit Team qualifies for quickest Pro Stock field in history. RICHFIELD, OH 5/22/02 "I'm a long way from being satisfied, but this was definitely a step in the right direction," said Mark "Cowboy" Pawuk following the Matco Tools Super...

Summit Team qualifies for quickest Pro Stock field in history.

RICHFIELD, OH 5/22/02 "I'm a long way from being satisfied, but this was definitely a step in the right direction," said Mark "Cowboy" Pawuk following the Matco Tools Super Nationals at Englishtown. "I'm very pleased that we put our Summit Racing Pontiac Grand Am in the show, which was the quickest Pro Stock field in NHRA history, but now we've got to keep moving forward, and that means winning rounds."

The bump spot for the 16-car show as a quick 6.815 seconds, with Pawuk's Pontiac occupying the Number 9 position with a season best elapsed time of 6.798 seconds at 201.58 miles per hour.

"The car got very loose on our second qualifying run," Pawuk added, "and I had to roll out of the throttle or risk losing the car, but we still came up with a 6.877 second ET at only 182 miles per hour. When we looked at the incremental times of the car we were running against we were significantly ahead at half track, so I'm pretty convinced that would have been a good one if the car had stayed hooked."

Inclement weather resulted in Friday evening's second session being rained out, and that also hurt the chances of the Summit Racing/Matco Tools team. "There's no doubt about it," Pawuk said. "We needed that second run on Friday, but everyone was in the same situation, so I'm not complaining.

"I think we're making progress, but it's just not enough. We've got to go rounds and get into the Top 10.

"There have been eight races this year, and eight different drivers have won, and as of right now only three drivers have qualified for every race. If anyone doubted there was parity in Pro Stock, that ought to convince them otherwise. There are no guarantees in drag racing. You've got to go out and prove yourself all over again each and every weekend, so that's what we're going to do.

"We ran well in Englishtown, so now the goal is to do the same thing in Topeka this coming weekend, but add a few round wins to go with qualifying. You know, like four of 'em!"

Pawuk and first round opponent Mark Whisnant got the overflow crowd on their feet cheering when neither driver was willing to pull in and completely stage for their first round race. They sat with the top staging lights on for some 54 seconds before Whisnant moved in, and that not only got the crowd going, but also produced some good television time for the Summit Racing operation.

"Yeah, well, we like that TV time," Pawuk said, "but I'd much rather we got it for winning the race!"

Results:

Qualifying:
Session #1 - - 6.909/200.08 #20 (6.887 Bump)
Session #2 - - 6.877/182.70 #18 (6.871 Bump)
Session #3 - - 6.798/201.58 #9 (6.815 Bump)

Eliminations:
Round #1 .454 R.T. 6.830/201.55 lost to Mark Whisnant .448 R.T. 6.799/202.43

Next: O'Reilly Summer Nationals, Topeka, Kansas May 24-26

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Series NHRA
Drivers Mark Pawuk , Mark Whisnant