At the Cecil County Lucas Oil Series
event, Jay Blake’s Permatex/Follow A Dream team endured a second straight
subpar outing. Driver Todd Veney qualified on the bubble and smoked the tires
in the first round against number 1 qualifier Frank Manzo.
“It was one
thing after another this weekend,” Veney said. “The car ran great in
testing, an easy 5.75. But starting in the first qualifying session, nothing
A broken blower
belt in the opening session turned what would have been about a 5.74 that would
have qualified the team number 2 into a coasting 6.17 at just 182 mph. In the
only other qualifying session, a broken rocker arm caused the boost in the
other cylinders to skyrocket, setting off a chain reaction of mechanical
mayhem. It torched the block and head on the right rear of the engine and
started a brief flash fire, forcing Veney to set off the fire extinguishers.
The team, led by
Blake and tuner Tom Howell, went into thrash mode, swapped a fresh engine into
the car, and made it to the staging lanes just in time to face Manzo. Veney
smoked the tires off the line, and Manzo advanced with a 5.66.
“Not a good
weekend,” Blake said. “One good thing is that we all came together to
repair the damage and we made it up there in time for first round. A lot of
other teams might not have made it.”
After a two-week
break, the Follow A Dream team heads to the Division 1 Lucas Oil Series event
at Old Bridge
Park in Englishtown, N.J.,
where last year Veney ran in the 5.50s and reached the final round.