Houston Chevy S-10 Qualifying Report

PRO STOCK TRUCK -- CHEVY S-10 -- FINAL QUALIFYING THREE RACES, THREE DIFFERENT NO. 1 QUALIFIERS: CHEVY S-10 PICKUPS continue to lead Pro Stock Truck competition with Chevy S-10s taking the top two spots. BRAD JETER, in the KARL CHEVROLET...

PRO STOCK TRUCK -- CHEVY S-10 -- FINAL QUALIFYING

THREE RACES, THREE DIFFERENT NO. 1 QUALIFIERS: CHEVY S-10 PICKUPS continue to lead Pro Stock Truck competition with Chevy S-10s taking the top two spots. BRAD JETER, in the KARL CHEVROLET CHEVY S-10 is No. 1 for this first time in '99, with a track record-setting run of 7.595 seconds at a speed of 177.91 mph. RANDY DANIELS, in the DANIELS RACING CHEVY S-10, winner of the first event this season in Pomona, is No. 2, 7.614/176.33. Defending Pro Stock Truck champion LARRY KOPP, in the SPEEDCO TRUCK LUBES CHEVY S-10 is No. 6, 7.623/176.58. Tim Freeman was No. 1 in Pomona, Mark Osborne was No. 1 in Gainesville, Fla., both in Chevy S-10s.

JETER: "My crew chief and I have been working on a new clutch for the past six months and we finally got it developed and got all the pieces together and this is the first national event we have run it. We are real impressed with it, but we're still trying everything. We tested different things with this new clutch every run and we are really satisfied. I can't say enough about (Bill "Grumpy") Jenkins giving me excellent power. They have worked real hard on this new engine combination and it seems to have worked out really good. All in all, it's been a good weekend. I hope we can keep the string going, hopefully win the race and leave this event with No. 1 qualifier and the win, which will propel us that much further in the points. That's why we are here, to make rounds and get points and hopefully be on top at the end of the year. My whole crew has done a great job (Gerald Guadagnolo, Billy Norris and Brian Butler). I couldn't ask for three better guys."

KOPP: "We made a bunch of changes to the Chevy S-10 between Gainesville and here. We are trying to get a handle on the clutch setup for what it wants and needs to what we changed on it. We only have four runs at a national event to do it. We tried to test and it got rained out. We will get it figured out. If not here, then between now and the next race. Hopefully it will be here and tomorrow we will make two good runs. Every run we are changing something, finding out what it wants and what it likes. Until we figure it out we won't be happy...and I love my Chevy S-10."

JERRY HAAS, TEXAS HARLEY-DAVIDSON CHEVY S-10, did not qualify for only the second time of his Pro Stock Truck career. "We came in this weekend and it just didn't run at all. We tested, ran good and it seems like we have the motor running in cool weather and not in the hot weather. We made some changes this morning, thought it helped it, then it was light on the clutch. On the last run I turned the pre-stage light on, set the line lock to bring it in. When I did, the stage light came on, I went in on the clutch, put it on the chip and the stage light went out. When I did I brought the rpms up and the tree was on and I had to red-light it. We could have qualified on that run. When you don't get any time that's the way it is." WOULD THAT HAVE BEEN A GOOD RUN? "It wasn't a good run, it was light in the clutch. I don't know if the clutch went away or something went haywire. We should be running good. We will go back to the shop, tear it apart, define what the problem is and be ready for the next race." ON RUNNING PRO STOCK IN DALLAS: "I was going to run Pro Stock in Dallas, but I don't know if I will or not now. I built a new Pontiac Trans-Am for Tony Rizzo. It's a brand-new car, never been raced. I lilke driving hot rods, so I'll probably be there."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Tim Freeman , Tony Rizzo