Topeka: Smith to meet Price in first round

TOPEKA, Kan. (Saturday May 26) - Don Smith, driver of the Texas Harley-Davidson Chevrolet S-10 Pro Stock Truck will enter eliminations at the 13th Annual Advance Auto Parts NHRA Nationals qualified number 2. Smith, who ran an identical e.t. of...

TOPEKA, Kan. (Saturday May 26) - Don Smith, driver of the Texas Harley-Davidson Chevrolet S-10 Pro Stock Truck will enter eliminations at the 13th Annual Advance Auto Parts NHRA Nationals qualified number 2.

Smith, who ran an identical e.t. of 7.475 to pole sitter Bob Panella, forfeited the number 1 spot due to mile per hour. Panella's mile per hour was 180.96 to Smith's 180.81 mph.

Smith will meet Bart Price in Round 1 of Sunday's eliminations.

"We are real happy with how the truck ran this weekend," said Smith of Keller, Texas. "We didn't get the pole this time but we are right there.

"Friday night is when we ran the 7.475. Sonny (crew chief Sonny Ray) and Bill (Jenkins) talked this morning and decided that we were not going to run any faster today. We knew that it would be warmer today and tomorrow, so we used these two sessions to try a couple new things.

"It is going to be a good race tomorrow. The lanes are very even. It will be nice to be able to go out and try to beat the guy in the other lane, instead of trying to keep lane choice.

"We will make some adjustments tonight and get the truck ready to race. We are looking forward to have a good day tomorrow."

Eliminations at the 13th Annual Advance Auto Parts NHRA Nationals begin at 11:00 AM CST on Sunday May 27.

-PM

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