Plain Vanilla Racing Blue Bunny Ice Cream Wells makes it to finals in Scribner SCRIBNER, Neb. - Former NHRA Division 5 Federal Mogul Dragster Champion David Wells took one step closer to regaining the Division 5 crown during this past...
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Wells makes it to finals in Scribner
SCRIBNER, Neb. - Former NHRA Division 5 Federal Mogul Dragster Champion David Wells took one step closer to regaining the Division 5 crown during this past weekend's NHRA Federal Mogul Drag Racing Series event at the Nebraska Motorplex in Scribner, Neb. Wells made it to the finals, but a clutch problem eliminates his chances of victory against his opponent Jay Meyer.
Wells, from LeMars, Iowa, qualified his Blue Bunny Ice Cream/ "Plain Vanilla" Blown Alcohol Dragster fifth in the eight car field with a 5.762 at 247.38 mph. In round one he took out the Division 4 points leader Shelly Howard with a 5.741 at 247.72 mph, then took out No. 1 qualifier Randy Meyer's A/Fuel Dragster with a 5.721 at 248.34 mph in the semifinals. In the finals, Wells fell off of his earlier pace to a 5.873 at 236.38 mph, while Meyer maintained at a 5.722 at 245.63 mph for the win.
"In the first round we had to run Shelly [Howard]," said Wells. "I knew she was going to try to get after it, because she really wanted to win the race, too. I don't know what happened to her on the line, but we had a good light, and the car went right down through there to a 5.74. Randy Meyer went a .78 in the first round, and that gave us lane choice, so we decided to stay in the same lane. We stepped up to a .72, and Randy fell off to an .84. Jay Meyer had some problems in his semifinal win, and we had lane choice again for the final. We took the same lane again, and hopped the motor up a little bit to try to speed the car up a bit. As it ends up, something in the clutch bit us. We haven't taken it apart yet, but we think it lost the face off of one of the clutch discs."
Even though he did not get the win, Wells and his team hope to carry the momentum into their next race, this weekend's Colonels Truck Accessory Nationals in Brainerd, Minn. Wells has won the past three events held in Brainerd, and hopes to increase that streak to four.
"We'll just go up there and do our normal deal," commented Wells. "We'll just try to get the car solid in the field so we are in the upper half of the qualifying. Then we can step on it, and go from there and see what happens."
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