Western Stabilization/Powers Motorsports Dragster Falls To Mechanical Glitch SONOMA, CA 7/31/05 Following a strong showing in Top Fuel qualifying for the NHRA Fram Autolite Nationals at Infineon Raceway the Western Stabilization/David Powers...
Western Stabilization/Powers Motorsports Dragster Falls To Mechanical Glitch
SONOMA, CA 7/31/05 Following a strong showing in Top Fuel qualifying for the NHRA Fram Autolite Nationals at Infineon Raceway the Western Stabilization/David Powers Motorsports dragster was the victim of an unlikely mechanical gremlin in their first round race against Cory McClenathan.
"We were all very disappointed about the outcome," said team owner Powers following the race. "We actually came in here with what I'd guess you'd call limited expectations because this was our first race with our new crew chief, Lee Beard. But Lee and our driver, 'Hot Rod' Fuller, did their jobs, so how do you plan on a tiny rock getting into the fuel system?"
"I knew something was wrong the second the engine started," added Fuller. "I could hear that something wasn't right, and after the burnout, when I turned on the second pump, it really got bad. I'm actually kind of surprised the car made it all the way down the track in one piece."
A careful inspection of the fuel system after the run revealed a small rock, no larger than a rasberry seed, had somehow worked it's way through the injector and clogged the line feeding the Number 1 cylinder. "I've seen some weird things since I've been racing," added crew chief Beard, "but this one goes right to the top of the list.
"We knew that Cory Mac would be tough in the first round, so we had the car set up to run harder than it had during qualifying, but obviously, things just didn't work out that way."
With backing from Western Stabilization the Valvoline/David Powers Homes team had hoped to at least win a round or two of racing in Sonoma, but while that didn't happen, the group is still pleased with how everything came together during Beard's first race weekend with the car.
In successive founds of qualifying the car ran incrementally quicker, but still ended up in the Number 11 position, an uncharacteristic spot for Fuller, who had made it into the top half of five of the eight races the team had previously competed in.
"Our next planned outing is at the O'Reilly Mid-South Nationals in Memphis two weeks before the Mac Tools U.S. Nationals," said Powers. "In between now and then we'd like to get some testing in, just to make sure we're really ready for the caliber of competition we're going to see at Indy, where we'll be competing in full Valvoline livery.
"I'm proud of the way our people performed this weekend, and am particularly grateful for the support of Ashley and Justine Jeffery and the folks at Western Stabilization. It's a relationship that I hope we're able to continue in the future. Drag racing is a tough business, but they've been involved with 'Hot Rod' for quite a while, and they both race themselves, so they understand how quickly things can turn around.
"This weekend was a lot of fun despite how it turned out. Now we'll do some testing and get back in action in Memphis in a few weeks."