Gainesville: David Wells wrap up

Plain Vanilla Racing Blue Bunny Ice Cream Foul start ends Wells' day in semifinals GAINESVILLE, Fla. - There is a saying in drag racing, 'If you don't redlight every now and then, you aren't trying.' That saying could be applied to NHRA Top...

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Foul start ends Wells' day in semifinals

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - There is a saying in drag racing, 'If you don't redlight every now and then, you aren't trying.' That saying could be applied to NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster driver David Wells' semifinal round loss to Cliff Bozzelli during this past weekend's Mac Tools Gatornationals in Gainesville, Fla. Wells cites that he was just too keyed up, redlighting away what would have been an easy victory into the finals when his opponent Cliff Bozzelli smoked the tires off the line.

Even with that in mind, Wells and his LeMars, Iowa - based Blue Bunny Ice Cream/"Plain Vanilla" team feel that the weekend was a step in the right direction. The team came into the weekend trying new technology and improved with every run. After qualifying 11th with a 5.577 second elapsed time at 253.85 mph, he took out former nitro Funny Car pilot Tony Bartone in the first round with a 5.565 at 254.62 mph, then defeated Michael Gunderson in the second round with a 5.524 at 255.63 mph before losing in the semifinals.

"I was trying pretty hard to cut a light up there," said Wells. "It seemed like the tree was taking forever and ever, and I just let go and hit the throttle. I just couldn't wait anymore. That's just the way it happened. Unfortunately, Cliff [Bozzelli] smoked the tires, so I just kind of handed that one away to him."

With the progress the team made, the Blue Bunny Ice Cream/ "Plain Vanilla" team is as confident as ever for their next event, the O'Reilly Spring Nationals at Houston Raceway Park.

"We have a lot of new stuff in the car," stated Wells. "We are working with a few new things to increase the power and to get it to go down the track quicker. We still have a few new things that unfortunately we didn't get to try. I think we are on the right track, and we are looking forward to getting this new season started."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Michael Gunderson , David Wells