The Roller Coaster Ride Continues For Pawuk: It's up One Weekend and Down The Next! RICHFIELD, OH 11/4/04 When Mark "Cowboy" Pawuk's Summit Racing Pontiac team headed west from the Lucas Oil Nationals in Reading, Pennsylvania they were ...
The Roller Coaster Ride Continues For Pawuk: It's up One Weekend and Down The Next!
RICHFIELD, OH 11/4/04 When Mark "Cowboy" Pawuk's Summit Racing Pontiac team headed west from the Lucas Oil Nationals in Reading, Pennsylvania they were feeling pretty good about things. Pawuk had qualified for the field with a 6.751/203.61, one of the team's strongest performances of the season.
Even a first round loss to Summit teammate Jason Line hadn't dampened their spirits, because despite coming out on the losing end of the race, Pawuk had beaten Jason off the starting line, and that helped give them a good feeling heading into the AC Delco Nationals in Las Vegas. After all, this race was the site of Pawuk's last national event victory, and even though was too long ago, maybe lightning would strike twice in the same place.
Somewhere between Pennsylvania and Nevada the goblins that were earthbound for Halloween spotted the Freightliner/High Tech Trailer combo hauling Pawuk's Pontiac, and hopped aboard. The result was that the car never performed as expected during the race.
"I can't say enough about how hard my guys have been working," Pawuk said about what turned out to be a disappointing outing at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. "Throughout all the problems we've encountered this season there have been two constants. The first is how everyone on the team continues to look forward, and never gives up, and second is the support we've received from the fans, and that's something else that's never faltered. Without the support of those fans I think we would have gotten pretty down by now, but they keep us excited and interested, and we sincerely appreciate that.
"We weren't close to making the field in Vegas, and to suggest otherwise would be ridiculous. Our best was a 6.876, and the bump was 6.841, and in Pro Stock a difference like that is like the difference between me and Lebron James if we played a little one-on-one out in my driveway.
"We've got one race left this season, and we're going to head into the Finals with the same determination that's we've had with every other race. If we can make the field and go a few rounds it'll give us a little boost heading into the off season, and I think our team needs that.
"Believe me, we aren't giving up, no matter what happens at Pomona. We'll be back in 2005, and we intend to be quicker and faster than we've ever been before."
Next: NHRA AAA Finals, Pomona, California November 11-14th