Randy Daniels Wins His Second Pro Stock Truck Title in Chevy S-10 Pickup COMMERCE, Ga., May 16, 1999 -- Randy Daniels defeated Mark Osborne in an all-Chevy S-10 Pro Stock Truck final at the Advance Auto Parts NHRA Southern Nationals at...
Randy Daniels Wins His Second Pro Stock Truck Title in Chevy S-10 Pickup
COMMERCE, Ga., May 16, 1999 -- Randy Daniels defeated Mark Osborne in an all-Chevy S-10 Pro Stock Truck final at the Advance Auto Parts NHRA Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway today. Daniels crossed the finish line in 7.641 seconds at 176.53 mph in the fifth race of the 14-event Pro Stock Truck category of the NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series. Osborne crawled across the line in 11.073 seconds at 81.17 mph following a transmission failure.
Chevy S-10s have won each of the first five races of the season, with Daniels now matching Mark Osborne's two victories and Brad Jeter scoring the other win.
"I was just set up for the kill," said Daniels, of Grantsboro, N.C. , who qualified No. 6. "I was concentrating on getting ourselves to the finish line as quick as we could. I didn't even know we had identical reaction times (.457 for Daniels, .450 for Osborne). I didn't know he wasn't there. I wasn't looking around, I was concentrating on doing what I had to do. Once I crossed the finish line I saw the win light and that's the only way I knew I had won."
Osborne survived a near miss in qualifying, making the field only in the final session (No. 5), and another miss in his Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins engine, to reach the final round after disposing of John Coughlin, Jerry Haas, and his teammate and polesitter Tim Freeman with borrowed carburetors. "Tim (Freeman) first gave me his carburetors to try to qualify. I took his off and gave them back so he could run better in the night (qualifying). Jerry Haas gave me his and I qualified with his carburetors. Jerry was a true sportsman and let us keep them for raceday." Daniels, who builds his own 358 cu. in. Chevy V8 engines with his dad Garley, performed consistent runs in every round: 7.611 (against John Lingenfelter), 7.634 (Rick Jones) , 7.669 (Craig Eaton) and 7.641 (Osborne), giving him lane choice in each matchup. "It was pretty good for me all day long, all weekend long," he added. "We just needed to stay fast and stay in the right lane, and we did. We got into a slump in the last three races, it's great to get out of it."
Osborne extended his points lead to 96 over Brad Jeter, who lost to Rick Jones in the first round (476-380). Daniels is third with 370, followed by Bob Panella Jr. (350), who lost on a holeshot advantage in the first round, and Larry Kopp (295), who also lost on a holeshot in first round.
Next on the Pro Stock Truck schedule is Englishtown, N.J., this weekend.