Dallas, Texas (Nov. 3) - It was another damp and dismal day at the 15th Annual O'Reilly Fall Nationals. Due to the heavy rain which fell throughout the day, and a forecast for more of the same tomorrow, officials of the National Hot Rod...
Dallas, Texas (Nov. 3) - It was another damp and dismal day at the 15th Annual O'Reilly Fall Nationals. Due to the heavy rain which fell throughout the day, and a forecast for more of the same tomorrow, officials of the National Hot Rod Association were forced to set the Pro Stock Truck field according to the points standings (just like NASCAR).
<pre> The top 16 in points are as follows:
1.. Bob Panella, Jr. 9. Rick Jones 2.. Randy Daniels 10. John Lingenfelter 3.. John Coughlin 11. Larry Seay 4.. Greg Stanfield 12. Mark Whisnant 5.. Steve Johns 13. Taylor Lastor 6.. Mike Coughlin 14. Todd Patterson 7.. Brian Self 15. David Spitzer 8.. Jeff Gracia 16. Scott Perin
</pre> This ruling is a blessing for some teams that have struggled lately, and unfortunate for others who have come on in the last part of the season.
"I'm 16th, and I'll take it," said Scott Perin, driver of the NAPA Development Chevrolet S-10. "We have been struggling here lately, so I'm just glad to be in the show. I have (Bob) Panella in Round 1. He's tough, but if I have a good light, I may be able to beat him. That's what I'm going to try and do tomorrow."
Many see the ruling not as controversial, but as a fair and just call.
Bart Price, owner and driver of the DBP Enterprises Chevy S-10, is currently 17th in the Pro Stock Truck points, and subsequently will not be able to compete in tomorrows race. Price graciously summed up the feelings of many of the competitors within the class.
"We are not unhappy about the ruling," said Price. "The NHRA had a tough decision to make, and I feel the decision they made was fair.
"The weather has delayed the race once, and the NHRA has a responsibility to the people in the points chase to do everything in their power to see that this race is run. It is unfortunate for myself. I end up on the outside looking in. It is possible that I could have qualified in the top 16, but who is to say for sure. They made the ruling and now we have to live with it."
Steve Johns, driver of the Castrol Super Clean Chevy S-10, talked about the ruling by NHRA.
"Boy I'm sure glad it wasn't me who had to make that decision," said Johns. "It works out good for me since I am fifth in points, but you never know what could happen. As tough as this class is, it is possible that I could have had a bad day and DNQ'ed. You just never know. I'm just glad to be racing."
Weather permitting, eliminations will get under way at 11:00 AM CST on Saturday Nov. 4.