CARQUEST Auto Parts NHRA Nationals
Weis blasts into field
That was round one; in round two of Friday night's session Weis laid down a conservative 4.70 to gain a baseline for Saturday's qualifying session.
Weis has had to change his routine this event, Weis, who is known servicing the car right along side his crew, is absent from the pit this weekend, but he's not far away. Weis has been visiting with more than 200 sponsors and VIP guests in the lavish pitside Hospitality are that includes air-conditioning, an Olhausen pool table and a 60-inch plasma TV. That's in addition the 4,000 union carpenters who have come out to rally around the car.
"It's been a different weekend for me," said Weis "I keep wanting to run over there and get my hands dirty. I keep feeling guilty for not working on the hot rod. My crew is doing a great job pulling the extra weight left by absence from the pit. They keep telling me, ‘Go sign autographs meet with sponsors that what a driver is supposed to do.' I'm not sure what wears me out more the meeting with the VIPs or wrenching on the car. It's been a killer weekend so far.
"We're ready to lay down some numbers; last night meant nothing. Today's run will tell what you've got for Sunday. If the weather stays hot, I'd expect us to move up quite a few positions."
Tuner Howard Weis summed up the importance of this weekend for Weis and the gang: "All the CEOs from all our sponsors are here watching with their families, pressure isn't a strong enough word."
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