Pontiac Performance NHRA Nationals
Barrett Enterprises team qualifies 11th.
Weis rose to the occasion, running a 4.76 at a slowing 295 mph with only seven cylinders. The 4.76 was enough to place Weis and his team in the 11th starting spot.
"Howard (crew chief Weis) has a combination that lets us run 4.70s on a gravel road, if we have to," said Weis. "On our other two runs we were trying to move the earth and just couldn't get the car to cooperate.
Weis and his family-owned team have set only one goal this year: a national event championship.
“Our game plan this year has been to sacrifice some parts and points when we have to so we can develop a combination that can win the final,” said Weis. “That's our goal for this year, to get our first 'Wally' regardless of how many pistons, cylinder heads and superchargers have to be sacrificed to get there. We're not trying to run for 8th or 10th in the points like last year; we want a big trophy.
The 4.76 run was the result of a dropped cylinder; any crew chief will tell you that a dropped cylinder will rob at least a tenth of a second from your run.
"I was looking for a mid to low 4.60," said Howard Weis. "We're in the show and I guess that's what really matters, but I was shooting for the top half of the field. We're not points racing this year, we're developing a winning combination."
If the Barrett Enterprises team can get their Top Fueler to keep all eight cylinders lit, they could be quite a match for their first-round opponent Morgan Lucas.
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