Barrett Enterprises team expects a warm welcome in Columbus
Columbus, prerace: Every racer has a few tracks where they have a large group of supporters. For Scott Weis, Columbus must certainly be on that list. Several of Weis’ loyal crewmen of over 15 years live in the Columbus area. Steve Prince, the bottom-end specialist lives virtually across the street from the Columbus facility. Weis is expecting nearly 300 friends, family, and fans at the Pontiac Performance Nationals.
“It’s really cool to come to a track where you’ve got a lot of supporters,” said Weis, pilot of the Barrett Enterprises Top Fueler. "To get our first Top Fuel event win at Columbus would be awesome. If we went all the way here, I think we’d be celebrating until Monday afternoon. Regardless of the outcome, it’s always cool to race with your family and friends around. If it wasn’t for them, I would’ve quit and picked an easier job like being brain surgeon or something a long time ago.”
The weather report in Columbus calls for mid-70s Saturday and Sunday, which should be horsepower-friendly conditions. Tuner Howard Weis expects big numbers from all the competitors. “If the forecast hold true, this is going to be some of the best racing conditions we’ve had in Columbus on Saturday and Sunday,” the elder Weis said. “I think the track record could easily fall this weekend. It’s no secret that cool conditions are not our specialty, but we discovered a problem with our combination in Atlanta that I and Tim (Kushi chief engineer) believe has been the root of our cool weather woes. If we’re right we’ll have a bad hot rod in Columbus."
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