Atlanta, Ga. (May 6) - Today at the 20th Annual Advance Auto Parts NHRA Southern Nationals, the final round of eliminations in Pro Stock Truck would find for the third time this year, Randy Daniels squaring off against Bob Panella. Going in to...
Atlanta, Ga. (May 6) - Today at the 20th Annual Advance Auto Parts NHRA Southern Nationals, the final round of eliminations in Pro Stock Truck would find for the third time this year, Randy Daniels squaring off against Bob Panella.
Going in to the final Daniels, driver of the Bailey Trucking Chevrolet S-10, and Panella, driver of the Panella Trucking Chevy S-10; where tied with one win each. Panella beat Daniels in Las Vegas, and Daniels beat Panella in Houston.
Daniels defeated Todd Patterson, Greg Stanfield and Rick Jones on his way to the final round. On his way to the final round Panella would defeat Mark Whisnant, Steve Johns, and John Coughlin.
When the lights came down on the final round it would be all Daniels. Daniels left on Panella with a .427 sec. reaction time would run a 7.661 / 177.93 mph to Panella's quicker 7.628 / 177.07 mph. This is the fourth win of the season for Daniels.
"We were looking for a miracle," said Daniels. "We knew Panella was going to put us in the right lane. We needed to find a little more. Being the underdog is all-right sometimes, you know what you have to do when you leave the truck. Then it is just up to you to go out and do it. I had to have good light to hold him off.
"I got out on him. The truck slipped and slid all over the place, but that's okay. It got us from point A to B in just the right amount of time.
"We weren't the fastest truck this weekend, but I would trade the Number 1 qualifying spot for the winners circle any day."
Panella, who still maintains the Winston Points lead by eleven over Daniels, talked about the final round.
"I'm tired of having no luck," said Panella. " How can a guy have luck like that all the time. I had my best light of the day, and he had his best light of the day and it wasn't enough. It should have been enough. An alcohol dragster in front of me left clutch dust down the racetrack and it wasn't cleaned up. I'm not making excuses, I just know if I get down the race track the way I should have there wouldn't have been an issue. Even Randy should have run better than he ran."
The next stop on the Pro Stock Truck schedule is the Third Annual Prestone Route 66 Nationals in Chicago, Ill. June 1-4.