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Jay Blake’s Permatex/Follow A Dream Top Alcohol Funny Car team endured a third straight disappointing outing as driver Todd Veney missed the cut at the final Division 1 Lucas Oil Series event of the season.
At Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., where last year the team reached the final, Veney shook the tires in the first qualifying session and went up in smoke right off the line in the only other session for a second DNQ in the team’s last three starts. On the first attempt, Veney got back in the throttle after shaking the tires at the top of low gear, and it’s a good thing he did because opponent Melinda Green-King was all over both lanes and surely would have hit the Permatex car had Veney been coasting
“It probably looks like we’re completely lost because we haven’t done well at three races in a row,” Veney said, “but I don’t think we are. It was something different all three times.”
“We need to get this thing figured out – and we will,” Blake said. “There’s no way this car should be running like this, and we’ll be testing at New England Dragway before our next event in Reading.”
While it was a difficult weekend, the team was honored with the Best Appearing Crew award for the special “Free to Dream” shirts they wore commemorating the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks on the United States.