Joliet: Mark Pawuk final summary

Ain't Progress Fun! Pawuk's Summit Pontiac Continues Improvement in The Windy City RICHFIELD, OH 5/26/04 "Now that was what we've been looking for," admitted Mark "Cowboy" Pawuk following the Route 66 Nationals in Joliet, Illinois.

Ain't Progress Fun!
Pawuk's Summit Pontiac Continues Improvement in The Windy City

RICHFIELD, OH 5/26/04 "Now that was what we've been looking for," admitted Mark "Cowboy" Pawuk following the Route 66 Nationals in Joliet, Illinois. "Even though we lost in the first round we're pleased with the progress we made following the Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals in Atlanta, and I think we're going to keep heading in the right direction.

"We're particularly excited about the fact that the car improved in every qualifying session, and we had a better Reaction Time than the other guy in that first round. A lot of other teams didn't improve from run to run, which kind of proves that our guys are making the right adjustments to the car between runs.

"The one thing I'm definitely concerned about, though, is the fact that the car didn't run the back half of the track very well. All you've got to do is look at the charts to see the problem. After the first session there were just three cars slower than 200 MPH, and after the second there were two. We were the only ones slower than 200 MPH among the qualifiers after that, and that's not good. We've got to have more speed if we're going to be really competitive.

"Marcus Bowen, our crew chief, thought the brakes on our Pontiac Grand Am might have been dragging, so we backed them off a bit, but it didn't help.

"The day after the race Terry Adams drove our car during a test session, and after some additional adjustments were made it did run somewhat faster, but we've obviously got more work to do.

"As long as we can continue to make progress like we did this weekend, I know we're going to get it done, and that's what we're all looking for. This is a very competitive class, and everyone's trying to move forward just like we are. We made a pretty big move in that direction in the last week, and we're looking for more of the same before we head for Topeka this coming weekend."

Next: O'Reilly Summer Nationals, Heartland Park Topeka, Topeka, Kansas, May 27-30

-mpr-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Mark Pawuk , Terry Adams