Madison, Ill. (June 23) - At the close of Pro Stock Truck qualifying at the Fourth Annual Sears Craftsman Nationals in St. Louis, Mo. we find Randy Daniels at the top of the eliminations ladder. Daniels, driver of the Bailey Trucking Chevrolet...
Madison, Ill. (June 23) - At the close of Pro Stock Truck qualifying at the Fourth Annual Sears Craftsman Nationals in St. Louis, Mo. we find Randy Daniels at the top of the eliminations ladder. Daniels, driver of the Bailey Trucking Chevrolet S-10, in the second round of eliminations ran a 7.553 / 178.57 mph to take the pole position.
Daniels will meet Jeff Gracia, teammate of Bob Panella, in the first round Saturday night.
"I'm sure they will be shooting at us. I'm just going out there to do my job. It's kind of strange; I had to run with him (Gracia) in that round right there. I got to the stripe first, if those are bragging rights. I was in the bad lane; he was in the good lane. Hopefully tomorrow we will get by him again."
Race Day will find a number of two-car teams filling up the elimination ladder. The Castrol Super Clean team of Steve Johns and Rob Slavinski take the 12th and 15th spots. Winston Champion Bob Panella and Panella Trucking team driver Jeff Gracia take the second and 16th spots. Team Roof-Tec drivers Brian Self and Jeff Naiser start in fourth and ninth. While the DBP Enterprises drivers Bart Price and Greg Stanfield fill the seventh and 14th slots.
"It really helps to have a two truck team," said Naiser. "The exchange of information between Lump and myself helps us both to be better. When he finds something, or I find something we both benefit. It paid off today. We are both in the show tomorrow, and I couldn't be happier."
Rob Slavinski, driver of the Castrol Super Clean Chevrolet S-10, had failed to qualify at the last four races, regained his feet when he qualified his truck 15th.
"I am very glad to be in the show," said Slavinski. "Thursday night the racetrack was as good as it will get all weekend. I knew that I had to get in then or I would not be able to make the show. We changed the timing a little bit for the night session, and it paid off. I am really pleased to just be in the show. We have been working had to get back on track. This is the first step in our plan. Now we need to start going some rounds."
Bart Price and Greg Stanfield qualified their DBP Enterprises seventh and 14th positions in this tough Pro Stock Truck field.
"We are real happy to have both trucks in the show this weekend," said Stanfield. "We have had some problems with Bart's truck lately. I think we are back where we need to be with both trucks. Hopefully one of these trucks will make it to the winner's circle Saturday night."
Todd Patterson once again qualified his Dodge Motorsports Dakota in the top half of the field. Patterson will assume the fifth position Saturday night when eliminations get under way.
"I am real pleased with the way the truck has been running," said Patterson. "We need to go some rounds tomorrow. This Dodger Motorsports crew has worked tremendously hard. We found some real horsepower and consistency with this new Dodge Magnum engine."
Eliminations at the Fourth Annual Sears Craftsman Nationals begin on Saturday June 24 at 4:00 PM ET.