CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES FRAM NATIONALS NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES ATLANTA DRAGWAY FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 1998 PRO STOCK TRUCK LARRY KOPP, ACCURATE BINDING/G-FORCE TRANSMISSIONS CHEVY S-10, is No. 1 qualifier for the second straight Pro...
CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES FRAM NATIONALS NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES ATLANTA DRAGWAY FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 1998
PRO STOCK TRUCK
LARRY KOPP, ACCURATE BINDING/G-FORCE TRANSMISSIONS CHEVY S-10, is No. 1 qualifier for the second straight Pro Stock Truck event, with track records in both e.t. and top speed: 7.744, 174.24 mph.
Chevy S-10s sweep the top three qualifying positions, as John Lingenfelter, Summit Racing Chevy S-10, is No. 2 qualifier, 7.765/173.11, and Jerry Haas, Chevy Trucks Chevy S-10, is No. 3, 7.773/172.54.
HAAS: "I'd rather be number one, but it's not bad for the Chevys (to be 1-2-3). We're doing fine, but we still need to pick it up a bit. I turned the motor too high (on the final run) in second and third gear. The G meter just layed over and the truck slowed down. I don't know why, I thought I shifted the way I was supposed to. We didn't have the setup right, and it throws you out of sequence. It threw me off in second and third. We could have been on the pole if it hadn't been for that."
GRANT LEWIS, TABASCO CHEVY S-10, is No. 14 qualifier in his first Pro Stock Truck event, 7.949/170.03.
LEWIS: "Santa Claus hasn't left yet. It's still Christmas time. I'm feeling good about it. I really like it. We've made some good runs (7.971/168.44, 8.007/169.01, 7.949/170.03). We picked up about six hundredths (of a second) from the previous run (in the final run). We're learning a little as we go along. We didn't have a clutch reading from the computer yet, that's what Jerry (Haas, the truck entrant and chassis builder) is helping us with right now." ON RUNNING AGAINST JERRY IN FIRST ROUND TOMORROW: "We're going to have a good time. I hate it, but at least we know that a Chevy is going to be in the second round. I'm just real pleased to have the opportunity to do what we're doing. This is only the third run we made in the truck, we didn't get any test time (Grant was to test at Houston on Wednesday, but the Chevy S-10 was not ready). If we had more than three days to put this deal together I think we would have done real well." ON SHIFTING A RACE VEHICLE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 20 YEARS: "It was a lot different than what I thought it would be. The exciting part about this truck racing is shifting. I've driven a Pro Stock car, so I had an idea of what it would be like. I didn't know if I could catch the shifts the first time. it's like the old things you do that come back to you. I haven't shifted a race car in 20 years. The last time was a '64 Chevelle. I'm a logger. I'm used to a pickup. I have got to get that cover off this truck bed so I can haul my tools in the back of the truck. But there's a lot of exciting things that can happen with these pickups and they're coming. People don't know what they're missing out on. All I want to say to everyone is go out and get yourselves some of that good Tabasco Sauce."
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