Bristol: Kopp in Pro Stock Truck showdown

Bristol, Tenn. (Pre-race) - This weekend at the Second Annual Winston = Showdown in Bristol, Tenn., 1998 Winston Champion Larry Kopp will assume = his position on the Pro Stock Truck eliminations ladder.=20 The Winston Showdown has a...

Bristol, Tenn. (Pre-race) - This weekend at the Second Annual Winston = Showdown in Bristol, Tenn., 1998 Winston Champion Larry Kopp will assume = his position on the Pro Stock Truck eliminations ladder.=20 The Winston Showdown has a special format where six of the drivers = in the eight car field are seeded according to past national event wins = and past Winston champions, leaving the last two slots on the = eliminations ladder open. Those drivers who are not seeded may try and = qualify for a chance at the $15,000 purse. Under the special Winston = Showdown format, Kopp will enter the race seeded number 4.=20 "I'm very excited to be racing in the Winston Showdown," said Kopp. = "I am glad to have a spot in the show, because anyone who is not seeded = will have a tough go this weekend. I sure wouldn't want to be trying for = one of those open positions. The competition in Pro Stock Truck is so = tough right now, that just qualifying the truck feels like a win. There = may be only eight trucks racing on Sunday, but this is still going to be = a tough race. "This will be the first time I have raced at this Bristol racetrack. = From everything I have heard the facilities are great, but altitude is = going to be a factor. The high altitude and the hot, sticky conditions = are going to be tough to tune for, but I think we can handle it. We = learned a lot in the last round of qualifying in St. Louis. Hopefully, = everything that we learned will help us turn the corner for this race in = Bristol. "I am excited to be seeded here. With not having to worry about = qualifying, we can work on our race day set-up. Winston has put together = a great event, and I think this Speedco Truck Lube team has a very good = chance of taking home some of that Winston prize money." Qualifying at the Second Annual Winston Showdown begins on Friday = July 7, and continues on Saturday July 8. Eliminations will take place = on Sunday July 9 at 11:00 AM EST.

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