Atlanta Chevy Truck Friday Qualifying Notes

CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES ADVANCE AUTO PARTS NHRA SOUTHERN NATIONALS ATLANTA DRAGWAY NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES FRIDAY, MAY 16, 1999 PRO STOCK TRUCK -- CHEVY S-10 -- FINAL QUALIFYING TIM FREEMAN, BLUEGRASS TRANSPORTATION CHEVY S-10, is...

CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES ADVANCE AUTO PARTS NHRA SOUTHERN NATIONALS ATLANTA DRAGWAY NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES FRIDAY, MAY 16, 1999

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

TIM FREEMAN, BLUEGRASS TRANSPORTATION CHEVY S-10, is No. 1 qualifier, with a track record elapsed time of 7.610 seconds at 176.19 mph. Freeman is teammate to MARK OSBORNE, RCL COMPONENTS CHEVY S-10. Both S-10s are owned by Kessinger Motorsports. Osborne made it into the field in the final round, just before a rain delay. Osborne is fifth, 7.656/175.75.

BOB PANELLA JR., PANELLA MOTORSPORTS CHEVY S-10, is No. 2 qualifier, with a track record speed of 177.25 mph, with an e.t. of 7.612 seconds. Panella held the No. 1 spot until the final round which was completed only after a 5-hour rain delay. Panella set this time in that round, but was then outdone by Freeman, who made his run after the rain delay in cooler conditions.

FREEMAN: "I think the sprinkles from above helped me out. Panella's .61 earlier would have been really hard to overcome with the conditions. So I think the cool weather definitely helped." ON THE TEAMWORK THAT HELPED GET OSBORNE QUALIFIED: "I loaned my teammate (Osborne) my carburetors for the first run yesterday; we definitely found his problem. My Chevy S-10 has been running really well all weekend, we made three or four nice runs." ON OSBORNE'S MAKING IT INTO THE FIELD: "It's great to have your teammate get in the field. It's the first time we wil be on the same side of the ladder. Hopefully we will race in the semis together and have one of these Kessinger Mtorsports S-10s in the final." DID YOU EXPECT TO BE NO. 1? "When I saw (Brad) Jeter go 7.62 I thought I would do a mid .60. I had no idea I'd go .61."

OSBORNE: ARE YOU RELIEVED? "A lot. I'm glad to have my teammate qualified No. 1, so Atlanta is still good to us. I was beginning to think it was finally going to be a bad deal. It was still good. I was a little nervous. I figured it would get rained out. I figured it woudl mist again. I was pessimistic, I guess you could say. But we got the S-10 down the track and I knew I had run pretty good. I didn't know how good, and it was good enough, luckily." ON FAMILY MEMBERS VISITING HERE: "There are probably 15 or 20 family members, from cousins to uncles to aunts and best friends from North Carolina, South Carolina and beyond. Chris Davis, from my sponsor RCL Components, and his wife are here, so I'm glad to have qualified for them." WHAT WAS THE PROBLEM THAT ALMOST KEPT YOU FROM QUALIFYING? "All along it was, I think, a carburetor or (voltage) regulator problem. Tim (Freeman) gave me his carburetors. I took his off and gave them back so he could run better in the night. Jerry Haas gave me his and I qualified with Jerry Haas' curburetors. We'll run Jerry's carburetors today."

PANELLA: "We checked the weather and it was definitely better to be able to go faster (in the final session). The track didn't look too conducive to too much better times. I'm still happy. If I had gotten to run that session (after rain delay) I would have been No. 1 again. That's when it got a little better. But what matters is whoever is fastest Saturday and Sunday. We got better in every run we made. We made three really good runs, there's something to say for that. We know where we're at, we just need to make four more good runs."

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