CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES ADVANCE AUTO PARTS NHRA SOUTHERN NATIONALS -- ATLANTA DRAGWAY NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES -- SATURDAY, MAY 16, 1999 PRO STOCK TRUCK -- CHEVY S-10 -- FIRST ROUND OF ELIMINATIONS Four Chevy S-10 top-runners were...
CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES ADVANCE AUTO PARTS NHRA SOUTHERN NATIONALS -- ATLANTA DRAGWAY NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES -- SATURDAY, MAY 16, 1999
PRO STOCK TRUCK -- CHEVY S-10 -- FIRST ROUND OF ELIMINATIONS
Four Chevy S-10 top-runners were eliminated in the first round, three on holeshot advantages.
First it was LARRY KOPP, SPEEDCO TRUCK LUBE CHEVY S-10, who was ousted by Craig Eaton, 7.674/175.62 for Kopp, 7.687/174.66 for Eaton. Reaction times: .498 for Kopp, .465 for Eaton.
Then it was JOHN LINGENFELTER, SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT CHEVY S-10, who was defeated by RANDY DANIELS, DANIELS MOTORSPORTS CHEVY S-10 (not on a holeshot advantage): 7.684/176.42 for Lingenfelter, 7.611/176.86 for Daniels.
The sixth pair up was BRAD JETER, KARL CHEVROLET CHEVY S-10, vs. Rick Jones. Jeter's reaction time was good, .445, but Jones' was better, .420, and Jeter was out of the game with his quicker 7.641/176.93 pass against Jones' 7.659/176.84.
Finally, BOB PANELLA, PANELLA MOTORSPORTS CHEVY S-10, was booted out by Dave Spitzer, on a huge holeshot advantage. Panella's reaction time was .563, Spitzer's .424. Spitzer won with a 7.737-second pass at 174.21 mph to Panella's track record-breaking e.t. of 7.612 at a track-record-breaking speed of 177.93 mph.
LINGENFELTER: "We just got outrun. We are on that downhill slide, backwards." HOW DO YOU FIX IT? "We'll just keep working harder, that's all you can do, and find out what's wrong. Rick (Jones) has one of our motors and he's running good. It's not the motor, it's the chassis. We're just struggling to find out what the (Rick Jones) chassis wants. We will be glad when we get that sorted out." HOW LONG DID IT TAKE TO GET YOUR JERRY HASS CHASSIS SORTED OUT LAST YEAR? About six months. Some people who have had the (Haas) chassis since last year are still figuring stuff out. If you're lucky, it works out right right away. I seem to always have to do it the hard way." ON JUST MAKING IT INTO THE FIELD IN THE FINAL QUALIFYING SESSION LAST NIGHT AFTER THE RAIN DELAY: "I was just hoping it would dry up enough to run. We were concerned that they would stop it right there, they have done that in the past, let the number of trucks that ran the first part keep their times or throw the whole run away. Either way, we would have been out. I was glad when the rain stopped. I felt we should have run a lot quicker (in final qualifying session). We were relieved that we were in the field, but we were disappointed with the way we ran."
JETER: "I did my job on the starting line. He (Rick Jones) went in deep, which didn't bother me. To do a .445 on the tree, I'm happy with that. His was a .420. He did a better job. You always do a better job when you go in deep. And we totally have missed the clutch (setukp) every run down the race track the whole weekend. We missed the worst this last run. We knew the track was better, but we just didn't make the right adjustments for it." WITH A FEW OF THE TOP-RUNNERS OUT THIS COULD HAVE BEEN AN ADVANTAGE: "It was the prefect time to capitalize on the points and run with it, we just couldn't capitalize on it." YOU LOST BY SEVEN THOUSANDTHS OF A SECOND: "It was close. I watched him in high gear and I just ran out of real estate. He did a better job, bottom line. If he staged properly with both bulbs he probably would have run a .62 or .63 and, who knows what kind of light he would have had. He might have had the same. His e.t. would have been a little better if he had staged with both bulbs on."
PANELLA: "It was brain fade. I had trouble staging and it just screwed up my concentration and that was the end of it. I don't know why. Maybe it ws Jeter getting beat in front of me, I don't know if that was in the back of my mind, I don't know. I was uncomfortable up there for some reason and I screwed up. I hate to let everybody down, as hard as everybody has worked to get this S-10 to go fast. It hurts that it happened here in a dramatic fashion. He (Spitzer) was the slowest truck of this round. It would have felt better if he had had a better run. It's almost like sticking a knife in a little deeper."