Columbus, Ohio (Pre-race) - Brian "Lump" Self, driver of the Roof Tec Chevrolet S-10, is heading to Columbus, Ohio for the 36th Annual Pontiac Excitement Nationals, determined to break the Pro Stock Truck mold, and looking for ways to be ...
Columbus, Ohio (Pre-race) - Brian "Lump" Self, driver of the Roof Tec Chevrolet S-10, is heading to Columbus, Ohio for the 36th Annual Pontiac Excitement Nationals, determined to break the Pro Stock Truck mold, and looking for ways to be different.
"It is going to be a whole new 'Lump' in Columbus," said Self. "I'm going to stage different, and drive different. I'm going to go in first, and light both lights first. I even shave off my goatee, just to be different. This weekend, I'm going to mess with everyone and try some new things."
At the last race in Chicago, Ill., in the second round of eliminations, Lump squared off against Greg Stanfield. Both drivers are known throughout the class for staging last. As the two drivers pulled to the line a standoff to see who would stage first began. The standoff was settled after a 1 minute, 37 second burn down, when Stanfield staged his truck first.
"At the last race in Chicago, Greg (Stanfield) and I had our big 'burn down war'. It was a lot of fun, and had everybody in the pits talking.
"Everybody knows that I don't like to go in first, but either does Greg. When we were talking in the staging lanes. He asked if I was going in first. I told him I wasn't, and he said neither was he. So I told him, 'Well Buddy, I hope you got ice water in your radiator because I'm going in last'.
"When we pulled up to the line, we both just sat there. To tell you the truth, I have never been in a truck for that long on the starting line, but I was determined to not go in first.
"We both just sat and waited. To be honest, I was watching Greg on Winston Vision. I could see what he was doing on the big screen, and he had his head turned and was watching me. We sat there for over a full minute. Greg finally staged. He told me later that he could see his temperature gauge going up and he didn't want to over-heat the truck.
"That was a lot of fun, and just the kind of thing this class needs, something different that the fans can get excited about. I think it was the first burn down we have had in Pro Stock Truck, and it really got a lot of people's attention.
"We also need something different in this Pro Stock Truck class to attract the fans. I think a new face in the winner's circle would help. I think people are getting tired of seeing Randy (Daniels) and Bob (Panella) in the winner's circle all the time. The fans need a little variety. I'd like to give them that variety they want.
"Our truck is running well right now. We are qualifying well, and going rounds, but we haven't been able get to the final round yet. We are sort of stuck in the same place at every race.
"Sometimes when you get stalled, you have to try different things to break out of the rut. So to change our luck, we are going to change some of the same old, tired things we have been doing. Like staging. No one will ever expect me to go in first. It might be enough to mess them up and cause the other guy to make a mistake. Hey it's worth a shot if we can go more rounds on Sunday.
"This weekend in Columbus I plan on messing with everyone, and hopefully when the smoke clears on the final Sunday night there will be a new face in the winner's circle. If I have my way, it will be Lump and the Roof-Tec Chevrolet excepting a trophy from Miss Winston. Now wouldn't that give the fans something different to cheer about?"
Qualifying at the 36th Annual Pontiac Excitement Nationals begins on Friday June 16 and continues on Saturday June 17. Eliminations will take place on Sunday June 18, at 11:00AM EST.