BRAINERD, Minn. - Last year, NHRA Federal Mogul Dragster driver David Wells had a pretty successful year at The Colonel's Brainerd International Raceway, in fact it was a perfect year. Wells picked up two wins in both of his outings there, one at...
BRAINERD, Minn. - Last year, NHRA Federal Mogul Dragster driver David Wells had a pretty successful year at The Colonel's Brainerd International Raceway, in fact it was a perfect year. Wells picked up two wins in both of his outings there, one at the Division 5 race in June, and the other at the Colonel's Truck Accessory Nationals in August. This year, Wells will be looking to keep his win streak alive during the NHRA Division 5 Federal Mogul Drag Racing Series event there this weekend.
Wells, from LeMars, Iowa, will come into the event utilizing a new clutch combination that he feels will help eliminate some of the tire shake problems he has had this year. Wells debuted the new combination last weekend with somewhat favorable results in Chicago. In qualifying he ran a 5.45 second elapsed time in his Blue Bunny Ice Cream/ "Plain Vanilla" Blown Alcohol Dragster, but fell off to a 5.58 in round one. Wells realizes he is taking a risk, but feels with a few laps he can get a handle on his new combination.
"We're going to go in with the same motor tune-up as usual, but we're going to move the clutch around a little bit and see if we can make it work like we hoped to do in Joliet [Chicago]," said Wells. "We're going to make a few changes. This track at this time of the year will usually hold .50's, maybe we can get it to hold some .40's."
If he can't get a handle on his new combination, Wells says he will go back to his usual baseline combination.
"We obviously won't throw the old tune-up out the window," explained Wells. "We're going to try this new one a little bit more, and hopefully it will keep working. I'd like to go down that road, and get things turned around a little bit. The other combination works, but it's not the right combination; it always wants to shake real hard, other than a very few places. It was time for change anyway, we had to make something different work here."
"With the basic setup, you end up with the same plate load [clutch pressure]," continued Wells. "It's just a matter of moving the clutch adjustments around."
Qualifying begins at 4 p.m. on Friday for the Federal Mogul Dragsters, with two more sessions on Saturday. Final eliminations will conclude the event on Sunday. Stay tuned to SummitRacing.com's Drag Race Central for day by day updates on the action from Brainerd.