Bristol: Lump leaves still smiling

Bristol, Tenn. (July 8) - Brian "Lump" Self, driver of the Roof-Tec Chevrolet S-10, came to Bristol, Tenn. looking for a birth in the Second Annual Winston Showdown. The eight-car Pro Stock Truck format for the Winston Showdown seeds six cars in...

Bristol, Tenn. (July 8) - Brian "Lump" Self, driver of the Roof-Tec Chevrolet S-10, came to Bristol, Tenn. looking for a birth in the Second Annual Winston Showdown. The eight-car Pro Stock Truck format for the Winston Showdown seeds six cars in the field, leaving two open qualifying spots.=20

Although he made a gallant attempt, Self found himself on the outside looking in at the finish of qualifying. Self's best attempt of 7.731 / 174.08 mph would not be enough to place him in the show on Sunday.=20

"We have had a tough weekend," said Lump. "On the first two passes I felt a strange vibration. I thought it was the motor. That motor is our good piece and I didn't want to take a chance and ruin it. Friday night we changed motors for the Saturday morning session. The vibration was still there. I knew then, that it was not the motor. We took the clutch out and sure enough there was the problem. A titanium stud had been mistakenly installed in the clutch plate. That caused the clutch to be out of balance.

"For the last session we put our good motor back in the truck, but by that time it was too late. We had thrown away three qualifying runs and just couldn't make it back up.

"I'm a little disappointed to not make the field, but we had a great weekend any way. The day we spent with Kevin Hamlin (Crew Chief for Dale Earnhardt) made up for everything. We had a lot of fun teaching him how to drive the truck and hanging out with him. That was the high spot of our weekend and something my crew, Chad and Vic, and I will never forget."

"Kevin did a hell of a job diving. He picked it up very quickly. He knew when to shut off, and that's very important. I know that with a couple more laps he would have had his license. I believe he would make a good competitive driver, maybe I should be glad he didn't get his license. As far as I'm concerned, he can come back and drive again anytime.

The next stop for the Pro Stock Trucks will be the US Nationals Aug. 30 - Sept. 4, in Indianapolis.

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