The first thing I thought of as I watched Justin Pawlak’s weekend go up in flames was that the near perfect 2010 season put on his by teammate Vaughn Gittin Jr. all fell apart at Evergreen Speedway as well. He had a super early elimination against Fredric Aasbo but found the podium every other weekend in the year.
Justin Pawlak started the weekend off by being parked during late night Friday practice as the ASD guys swapped his differential. He got bored and came out to the media pit where we put him to work as a Wrecked Magazine photographer for the evening. He stood out by the track chatting with us and Joon Maeng who was also suffering from some car issues at the time and not running.
Then moving into Saturday one could only think that the ASD Ford Mustang would be spot on for Top 32 and moving forward. Apparently some clutch issues plagued the Mustang and caused Justin Pawlak to mess up all around the track. This gave 31st qualifier Dennis Mertzanis the pass into the Top 16 as he put on the runs of his life preventing any errors to give the battle a OMT.
With only two events left on the schedule the car must hold together as he battles Daijiro Yoshihara for a championship. If the two Falken Tire drivers are not careful they could be passed by Chris Forsberg who now only sits 43 points behind Dai Yoshihara in the race.