Dallas, Texas. (Nov. 4) - Brian "Lump" Self entered Pro Stock Truck eliminations today at the 15th Annual O'Reilly Fall Nationals in Dallas, Texas, assuming the seventh spot on the eliminations ladder.
Due to heavy rains that canceled qualifying on Friday, the National Hot Rod Association set the Pro Stock Truck field according to the competitors position in the Winston points standings. Self currently hold the seventh spot in the Winston points.
Self arrived here in Dallas Texas with a new truck. Some problems with the body panels on Self's truck made it inoperable, and caused him to have to look for a back up. Arnie Martel came to Lump's rescue.
Martel had a truck that he purchased from Brad Jeter earlier this year. He had only been able to run the truck once this season (at the US Nationals), and would not be running the truck for the rest of the season. Martel offered the truck to Lump, who jumped at the chance to run this race proven piece.
In Round 1, Self was paired against Number 10 qualifier John Lingenfelter. Lingenfelter would take the win light when Self red-lit. Lingenfelter would run a 7.606 / 176.56 mph to Self's red lighting 8.761 / 114.14 mph.
"Boy, that truck is quick," said Self. "It leaves completely different than my old truck. I wasn't ready for how quick it is. That's what caused me to red light.
"When Arnie (Martel) offered me his truck, I jumped at the chance. It is Brad Jeter's old truck and I knew it was fast. So we took him up on his offer right away, and didn't give him a chance to change his mind. Arnie was not going to use it for the rest of the year, and said we could put our motor in it and use it at Dallas and Pomona.
"The red light was a mistake, but now we know what we have to do for Pomona. The numbers that we have seen on the truck look good so far. We will change a couple things so I won't red light again. We know we have the horsepower to do something in Pomona, and are going to give it all we have. We will be ready to race when we get to California."
The last race on the Pro Stock Truck schedule is the 36th Annual Auto Club of Southern California NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif. Nov. 9-12.