Atlanta: Lump moves on to Topeka

COMMERCE, Ga. (Saturday May 5) - Brian "Lump" Self, driver of the Lump Cylinder Heads Chevy S-10, arrived in Atlanta for the 21st Annual Advance Auto Parts NHRA Southern Nationals, fresh off of three weeks of intensive testing. Lump felt the...

COMMERCE, Ga. (Saturday May 5) - Brian "Lump" Self, driver of the Lump Cylinder Heads Chevy S-10, arrived in Atlanta for the 21st Annual Advance Auto Parts NHRA Southern Nationals, fresh off of three weeks of intensive testing.

Lump felt the team had made a lot of head way in testing and was prepared to race in Atlanta, but as any racer will tell you it is the unexpected "gremlins" that will come around and bite you in this sport.

Due an unidentified mechanical gremlin Self failed to qualify for the Southern Nationals. His best attempt of the weekend would come in the first round. Friday's 7.593 / 178.17 mph would be good for 20th and on the outside looking in.

"We had a gremlin this weekend," said Self, "a seven foot tall, 300 lb. Gremlin, that would just not go away.

"In the first session of qualifying we had number seven (cylinder) go dead. We had good numbers on the bottom end, but the truck started missing on the top end. It was down hill from there.

"We had a miss in the motor and could not figure out why. We tried something in the Saturday morning session, which seemed to help. Going into the afternoon session it was just too little, too late. We could not recover enough to make the show.

"I guess all we can do now is go home, and go back to work. We definitely need to find out why this motor won't run. That means more dyno time, and more testing. We will do the work and be back in Topeka to give it another shot.

The next race for the Pro Stock Trucks will be the 13th Annual Advance Auto Parts NHRA Nationals, at Heartland Park in Topeka, Kan. May 24-27.

-BSR

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