Houston GMC Sonoma Racing Friday report

BAYTOWN, Tex. (April 9, 1999) - Pro Stock Truck qualifying was completed today for the 12th Annual O'Reilly Nationals at Houston Raceway Park. In the first session today, Rick Jones piloted his GMC Sonoma to an elapsed time of 8.058 seconds...

BAYTOWN, Tex. (April 9, 1999) - Pro Stock Truck qualifying was completed today for the 12th Annual O'Reilly Nationals at Houston Raceway Park. In the first session today, Rick Jones piloted his GMC Sonoma to an elapsed time of 8.058 seconds at 173.43 mph. In the second session he improved to a 7.766 elapsed time at 174.91 mph, but it wasn't good enough to make the 16-truck field. He ended up qualified in the No. 30 position.

David Spitzer's Sonoma had an elapsed time of 7.695 seconds at 175.59 mph in the first qualifying session and fell off to a run of 7.712 seconds at 175.11 mph in the final qualifying round. He is qualified in the No. 13 position and will race Tim Freeman in the first round of eliminations tomorrow morning. Final eliminations for the trucks begin at 11:00 a.m.

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Rick Jones (RJ Race Cars GMC Sonoma) We need to get going in the right direction and we plan to do that tonight. The tuning we did on the chassis seemed to help but it still keeps shutting off in low gear. We think it's a fuel problem, we've found it so we should make a better pass this time. When I was moving through low gear it just shut off. It did that three or four times and just tore up the run. We've changed the fuel pressure on the Sonoma, and the fuel settings and it should be fine now.

Second Session: To get ready for Richmond, we'll definitely have to do some more testing. We picked up five hundredths on that last pass after finally figuring out what our problem was. We'll do some work on the clutch and the chassis and go to Richmond. It was hectic trying to get this thing done, but we wanted to be out here for GMC and Sonoma and be competitive. Hopefully we learned something and we'll be ready for the next race.

David Spitzer (Dynagear GMC Sonoma) I really thought that this morning we would have run better than we did. We had a little bit of a problem in low gear but with the way it felt, I was anticipating a 7.66 or a 7.67. The conditions were that good. There were guys running in the low 7.60s so there's no reason why we shouldn't have been a couple of hundredths quicker. It felt good and it didn't move around much at all. We added more clutch to it for that session and it really seemed to like that. Down track it (continued) GMC Sonoma Houston 2-2-2-2

didn't get loose at all so that would have to be the best run we've made all weekend. We're going to keep going in that direction and hopefully we're on to something. We still have some initial wheel spin but it's not as bad as it's been. If we can get this Dynagear Sonoma rolling and to the 330, we should pick up about three hundredths. It's starting to come together. We're getting some balance, moving some weight around and we're continuing to learn what this truck wants.

Second Session: Although it felt pretty good inside the truck, we slowed down quite a bit. It just didn't want to go anywhere. We're going to look at it, make sure there's nothing wrong with the motor or the drive train, give everything a good look over and try to find out why it didn't run any faster than it did. We finally got enough clutch in it to where it locked up pretty good it just didn't want to move. We're excited about racing tomorrow though. We got Freeman first round and I think the lanes are even enough to where we may have a pretty good shot. It's going to be tough, but between Terry (Adams) and everyone here, I think we may have something for him.

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