Dallas: Team Panella final qualifying summary

Bob Panella Motorsports Panella Trucking Pro Stock Truck Driver: Bob Panella, Jr.-Chevy S-10 Driver: Jeff Gracia-GMC Sonoma 16th Annual O'Reilly Fall Nationals Presented By Castrol Syntec Texas Motorplex - - Ennis, Texas October 18-21,...

Bob Panella Motorsports
Panella Trucking Pro Stock Truck
Driver: Bob Panella, Jr.-Chevy S-10
Driver: Jeff Gracia-GMC Sonoma

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

Bob Panella:
Qualifying Session (Friday #1): 7.484 Seconds @ 180.50 Mph (#1)
Qualifying Session (Friday #2): 7.470 Seconds @ 180.57 Mph (#1)
Qualifying Session (Saturday #1): 7.491 Seconds @ 180.83 Mph (#4)
Qualifying Session (Saturday #2): 7.473 Seconds @ 181.19 Mph (#4)

Jeff Gracia:
Qualifying Session (Friday #1): 7.534 Seconds @ 179.85 Mph (#11)
Qualifying Session (Friday #2): 7.500 Seconds @ 179.67 Mph (#8)
Qualifying Session (Saturday #1): 7.486 Seconds @ 180.90 Mph (#9)
Qualifying Session (Saturday #2): 7.518 Seconds @ 179.49 Mph (#9)

Panella 4th, Gracia 9th At Texas Motorplex

Ennis, Texas - - Bob Panella, From Stockton, Calif., Driver Of The Panella Trucking Chevy S-10, Continued His Consecutive String Of Qualifying At Every Pro Stock Truck Event Contested Since The Inception Of The Class In 1998, When He Qualified Fourth For The O'Reilly Nationals Presented By Castrol Syntec With An Elapsed Time Of 7.470 Seconds At 180.57 Mph.

Tomorrow's Eliminations Have Considerable Implications In The Winston Pro Stock Truck Standings.

Panella, Who Currently Leads The Winston Pro Stock Truck Point Standings By 65 Points, Will Meet Second Place Randy Daniels, From Grantsboro, N.C., In The Opening Round. Daniels Qualified 13th With A Pass Of 7.492 Seconds At 180. In Career Head-To-Head Match-Ups With Daniels, Panella Has Won Eight Out Of 14.

Should Panella Get By Daniels And Greg Stanfield, From Bossier City, La., Wins His First Round Against John Coughlin, From Delaware, Ohio, The Pair Will Meet In The Second Round. Stanfield Is Third In Points, 73 Behind Panella. Panella Hold The Career Edge In Wins Over Stanfield - - Eight Wins For Panella To Four Wins For Stanfield.

Is Panella Thinking About Points?

"I Can Make Or Break Myself Tomorrow," Said Panella, The Two-Time And Reigning Winston Pro Stock Truck Champion. "I'M Just Going To Concentrate On Making Some Good Runs. The Points Are In The Back Of My Mind. Sure They Are! I Don'T Want To Let It Bother Me. I Would Like To Leave Here With A Little Breathing Room. As Tough As This Class Is, God Only Knows What Could Happen. I'M Going To Hope For The Best And Do My Best And Hopefully I'Ll Be There At The End."

Panella'S Teammate, Jeff Gracia, From Ontario, Calif., Finished Qualifying In The Ninth Spot On The Qualifying Grid By Virtue Of A 7.486 Second Pass At 180.90 Mph In His Panella Trucking Gmc Sonoma.

Gracia Will Face Taylor Lastor, From Austin, Texas, In The First Round Which Begins At 10:30 A.M. (Local Time) Tomorrow. Lastor, The Winner Of The Last National Event In Chicago, Qualified Eighth With A Time Of 7.485 Seconds At 180.32 Mph.

Said Gracia, Currently Fourth In The Winston Standings, Of His Qualifying Passes, "We'Ve Made Four Good Runs, Something We Haven'T Done For Several Races. We'Re Going In The Right Direction. Hopefully, We Can Keep That Up Tomorrow. Bobby (Panella) And I Are On The Same Side Of The Ladder. With A Little Bit Of Luck We Could Meet Each Other In The Semifinals. Going Rounds Would Help Both Of Us In The Point Race."

-BPM-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Bob Panella , Jeff Gracia , Randy Daniels , Greg Stanfield