While four runner-up finishes in seven tries would mark a spectacular season for most, crew chief Les Mellows
was a little disappointed.
"We haven't taken advantage of our opportunities," he
said shortly after the race.
Crew Chief, Les Mellows likes his chances.
"I think the stamina of any athlete determines champions," Mellows said as he
prepared for the race.
"Paul and Les
are the best in the business and they proved it again this weekend."
Of the last 18 races that a Paul Noakes driven / Les Mellows
tuned car has been entered, 11 have resulted in a final round appearance, five of those with wins, including the successful defense of the Mopar Canadian nationals.
Noakes and Mellows
made the transition to McMillen's Amalie Oil InstiGator at the beginning of the season with the goal of competing for a championship.
Les Mellows, crew chief agrees, "We are still running for number one in the championship, but we need to focus on those that stand in our way and compete at a high level every opportunity we have.
The points will be tallied in five more races."
Qualifying for the Mopar Canadian Nationals kicks off this Friday, July 18 and continues through the weekend with eliminations and champions crowned on Sunday, July 20.
The race has Noakes and tuner Les Mellows
a little more focused than usual.
MECHANICSVILLE, Md. - The Hoosier Thunder Motorsports team car driven by Paul Noakes and tuned by Les Mellows
raced the Amalie Oil InstiGator Funny Car to a final round appearance before falling to points leader Laurie Cannister.