Gainesville: Pawuk Racing Gatornationals review

Pawuk makes it three-for-three at Gators 3/20/02 Now that the tire smoke has settled from the NHRA Mac Tools Gatornationals, Mark "Cowboy" Pawuk has had a couple of days to reflect on the performance of his Summit Racing Pontiac, and he sees...

Pawuk makes it three-for-three at Gators

3/20/02 Now that the tire smoke has settled from the NHRA Mac Tools Gatornationals, Mark "Cowboy" Pawuk has had a couple of days to reflect on the performance of his Summit Racing Pontiac, and he sees both the positive and negative sides of the weekend.

"We ran well enough to continue our string of qualifying for the POWERade series national event fields," he said from his office in Ohio, "but we once again failed to get past the first round.

"Our biggest problem right now is getting our engines back to where they were last season, and I think that's going to happen in time for the Summitracing.com Nationals in Las Vegas in a couple of weeks. We've just received some new cylinder heads, which Rob (Downing) and I think are going to make a real difference.

"We won the last time out in Vegas (at the AC-Delco Nationals last October), and from our perspective there couldn't possibly be any better time to have everything come together for us than at our sponsor's race."

Pawuk will be busy in the days leading up to the Summitracing.com Nationals, as he's already penciled in for pre-race appearances with NHRA's media team, and may also participate in a special racer's autograph party during the early portion of the weekend.

In addition, the first of three On The Run columns that Pawuk will write for NHRA's "National Dragster" newspaper will appear in the Summitracing.com Nationals souvenir issue. Among other topics Pawuk will outline the competitive differences between this year and last, noting the marked differences in the Pro Stock qualifying times between the two seasons.

"If we can squeeze in an extra day somewhere we'd like to do a little testing before the race," he said. "I don't want us to go into Vegas without having had a least a couple of passes on our engines, but if it looks good on the dyno, we'll go ahead regardless."

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