RICHFIELD, OH 6/22/04 For Mark "Cowboy" Pawuk the K&N Filters Super Nationals was the kind of frustrating outing that's made this 2004 season one of the most difficult of the twelve campaigns he's made on behalf of Summit Racing Equipment. He ...
RICHFIELD, OH 6/22/04 For Mark "Cowboy" Pawuk the K&N Filters Super Nationals was the kind of frustrating outing that's made this 2004 season one of the most difficult of the twelve campaigns he's made on behalf of Summit Racing Equipment. He wasn't alone in his concerns over the condition of the racing surface during Saturday morning's first qualifying session, when few cars were able to negotiate the course under full power. Numerous drivers admitted they were "just hanging on" in trying to reach the finish line, something Pawuk was unable to do, being forced to lift when his Pontiac Grand Am got dangerously out of shape.
"We improved from our first run to our second on Friday, and had every expectation of doing the same thing on Saturday morning," he said following the event. "That was the run we needed, as the conditions were pretty good, but the track simply wasn't. Someone dropped the ball in scraping the track Friday night after qualifying, and it shouldn't have happened.
"When the track had been re-sprayed for the final session we stepped up again, but it just wasn't enough, and we ended up 17th. I was really bummed about how things worked out, as was my Summit Racing teammate, Warren Johnson, who ended up 18th. Had the track been 'right' we both would have made the show, meaning that all of the Summit Racing Pro Stock cars would have been in the field on Sunday.
"Our car has been improving with each outing, but missing the show at E-town was a real set-back. We're heading into St. Louis, where it's usually very hot and humid, but hopefully we'll have the right combination for this coming weekend."