Houston: Weis Friday notes

Houston, Friday; Wiseguys run a blistering 5.05 at the fourth annual Matco Tools SuperNationals in Friday's first qualifying session. In their first outing since their 4.95 at Memphis, the crew was determined to show that run was no fluke by...

Houston, Friday; Wiseguys run a blistering 5.05 at the fourth annual Matco Tools SuperNationals in Friday's first qualifying session. In their first outing since their 4.95 at Memphis, the crew was determined to show that run was no fluke by backing it up this weekend after suffering through last weekend's rain-out.

Negotiating the track surface in the always tricky first round of qualifying was another indication of the teams growing ability. The team elected to sit out the second session, and still was able to hold down the number six spot, just behind John Force going into Saturday's session. The team's track savvy and tuning ability as well as Scott's prowess as a driver is visibly improving with every outing. Even the online description of Friday's first session reported " Weis was down the middle of the lane." Indicating a near perfect run. Weis said "I am really proud of my crew. This is a family operation that we run, and my whole crew has worked hard, and we have shown real results. It should be noted here that we have all been able to do this in roughly a year of racing with no prior experience, and no professional tuner, and with our old A fuel car. It should also be noted that most, if not all of the teams that we are up against have years of nitro experience with the driver and/or tuner or both, big budgets and new equipment. Even the relatively new driver's like myself are on teams who hire professional experienced tuners. It is a rare event in this class for a team to start out as we have and learned the ropes from scratch. Of course, we have a long way to go, and until we can win we have not completed our task. I am very pleased and encouraged to this point. Also I can not say enough about this chassis. The harder we hit it the better it likes it, and this rack and pinion steering, which is virtually unique among fuel funny cars really makes a difference on a day like today down on the big end. Pulling those parachutes in this cross wind is a new kind of thrill, but this steering makes the car stable and easy to drive through."

"We are looking forward to Saturday and hope to improve on today's performance."

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Drivers John Force