Joliet II: Mark Pawuk event summary

Pawuk "Lost in the Outback" Qualifying problems continue for Summit Team. JOLIET, IL 9/29/02 "Ya know, I think I'd actually feel better if that was a story on Headline News," said Mark "Cowboy" Pawuk following a difficult outing at the NHRA...

Pawuk "Lost in the Outback"
Qualifying problems continue for Summit Team.

JOLIET, IL 9/29/02 "Ya know, I think I'd actually feel better if that was a story on Headline News," said Mark "Cowboy" Pawuk following a difficult outing at the NHRA Lucas Oil Nationals in Joliet, Illinois.

"I thought we were really making progress at Reading," continued the Ohio businessman/racer, "but it's obvious that we were wrong.

"We ran two motors through our Pontiac Grand Am this weekend, and the results just weren't there. We've sought help from a number of talented people, and for the last few races we've had Bill Jenkins working with us, and he's just as confused as we are," continued Pawuk. "Everything on the computer and on the dyno looks pretty darn good, but it isn't being translated to competitive times on the track.

"Adding to our frustration is the fact that the car makes one good run, and then won't repeat. We're thinking of bringing out our other car for the last three races, just to see if that makes a positive difference.

"Right now I'd be willing to try almost anything, because I definitely don't like sitting around doing nothing on Sunday afternoons. I want to be racing, and I don't care what it takes, we're going to get this done."

The Summit Racing Pro Stock Team opened with a 6.880/199.40, and then improved to a 6.86.7/199.70 on Friday evening, with neither run being good enough to make the cut. On Saturday the car made two passes in the mid-6.87s, but by then the bump was a stellar 6.842, with Pawuk once again on the outside looking in. Two speeds over 200 mph on Saturday seemed to indicate there was enough power, but for whatever reason, the elapsed times didn't match up.

"We've got a couple of weeks between now and the Dallas race," Pawuk said. "We'll spend that time continuing to work on our motor program, and will also contemplate testing with our other car. We haven't made a firm decision on that, but at this point we've got nothing to lose. We'll try anything to get back to where we want to be."

Next: O'Reilly Fall Nationals, Dallas, TX 10/11-10/13/02

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