In a complete reversal of fortune from the 2010 Division 1 Lucas Oil Series event at Atco Raceway, Jay Blake’s Permatex/Follow A Dream team missed the cut. Last year, driver Todd Veney won the race with low e.t. of all three rounds of eliminations and top speed of the meet, a career-best 261.17 mph.
It was the first time in nearly four years that the Follow A Dream team failed to qualify for a race. “That was one long drive home,” Veney said. “I forgot how bad it feels to not qualify. We’d been to the final round at six of our last seven divisional races, but this time, nothing went right.”
“It was just a tough weekend,” said Blake, whose team remains a solid third in the Top Alcohol Funny Car national standings. “It happens. We couldn’t make it down the track on either attempt, but it’s behind us now. We’ve got the Cecil County divisional in two weeks, and we’ll be back on track there.”