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Pro Stock Truck Association 16th Annual O'Reilly Fall Nationals Presented By Castrol Syntec Texas Motorplex - - Ennis, Texas October 18-21, 2001 John Lingenfelter tops PST field in GMC Sonoma Ennis, Texas - - John Lingenfelter, from Decatur,...

Pro Stock Truck Association
16th Annual O'Reilly Fall Nationals Presented By Castrol Syntec
Texas Motorplex - - Ennis, Texas
October 18-21, 2001

John Lingenfelter tops PST field in GMC Sonoma

Ennis, Texas - - John Lingenfelter, from Decatur, Ind., driver of the Summit Racing GMC Sonoma, blazed the quarter-mile track at the Texas Motorplex in 7.458 seconds at 181.15 mph to take the number one spot in Pro Stock Truck at the 16th annual O'Reilly Nationals presented by Castrol Syntec. The elapsed time was a Texas Motorplex track record.

Lingenfelter, who has been racing professionally in the truck class since 1998, nailed down his first top spot since 1998, when he had three poles. He set personal career best numbers at the recent national event in Chicago when he ran an elapsed time of 7.418 seconds and a speed of 181.20 mph.

The longtime NHRA Competition Eliminator, who has earned 13 national event victories in NHRA sportsman competition, has been to four final rounds in Pro Stock Truck winning one. Lingenfelter finished the 1998 season second in Winston Pro Stock Truck points. In 1999 he fell to 12th, rebounding to 10th in 2000.

"We actually had some left in the truck," said Lingenfelter. "We've been slowly picking up power at each race, and during the August break we finally got a better handle on the chassis. Then we started making more consistent runs, and when you do that it allows you to more easily evaluate where changes are needed. After all the hard work this season, it's especially gratifying. This Summit Racing GMC Sonoma is going to be a good race truck tomorrow. It would be nice to go out with a win, that's why we've continued working on our program instead of just giving up."

With just two races remaining with the Pro Stock Truck series as an official NHRA professional class, Lingenfelter feels the gains made in the GM small-block program by running the trucks will be beneficial in the future.

"This stuff always carries over," said Lingenfelter. "We've learned a lot about the small block in the last two years. If you look at what the trucks were able to accomplish this season, we probably gained more this year than we did in the last two years. You know, we're making nearly 1000 horsepower with these engines, and it used to be years ago that 500 cubic inches had a hard time making that amount of power. This series has been an excellent proving ground for this type of engine technology and it's disappointing to see the class go away."

-PSTA-

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