Atlanta GMC Racing Friday notes

COMMERCE, Ga. (May 5, 2000) - Pro Stock Truck qualifying got underway today for the 20th annual Advance Auto Parts Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway. The weather conditions today were warmer and more humid than they were a week ago in ...

COMMERCE, Ga. (May 5, 2000) - Pro Stock Truck qualifying got underway today for the 20th annual Advance Auto Parts Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway. The weather conditions today were warmer and more humid than they were a week ago in Richmond, with times and speeds a little slower than they were at Virginia Motorsports Park. John Lingenfelter's Summit Racing GMC is the highest qualified Sonoma in the No. 7 position. Both of Lingenfelter's runs today were good enough to put him in the top half of the field and he will go into the final day of time trials with an elapsed time of 7.585 seconds at 177.81 mph. Rick Jones drove the Country Motors Trailer Sales Sonoma to the No. 10 qualifying spot with an elapsed time of 7.609 seconds at 177.84 mph and David Spitzer's Sunnen/Dynagear GMC Sonoma is currently qualified in the No. 27 spot. The No. 1 qualifier is Bob Panella in an S-10 with a track-record elapsed time of 7.525 seconds at 180.09 mph. Randy Daniels is qualified second, Mike Coughlin is third, John Coughlin is fourth and Scott Tidwell is fifth.

Television coverage of the 20th annual Advance Auto Parts Southern Nationals can be seen on TNN on Sunday, May 7, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Eastern.

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Rick Jones (Country Motors Trailer Sales GMC Sonoma) - "We tried a little different tuneup on the clutch that didn't work for us, but we were just testing trying to get ready for tonight. We decided to make a change that we felt would make it better, but actually it only made it worse. We're in the good lane for tonight, and tomorrow morning so hopefully we should be able to make a good enough pass to put us solidly in the field. We've got a pretty good book on this place working with Warren (Johnson) and Kurt (Johnson), plus we've tested here ourselves. Of course there is a new racing surface on it now, and it's very smooth although with the sun beating down it makes a little tricky down low in the right lane. We'll be all right. We can't blame our run on the racetrack. Our tuneup had us spinning too much in low gear but we'll get a handle on it."

David Spitzer (Sunnen/Dynagear GMC Sonoma) - "We're struggling a little bit. For one, we can't get hold of the starting line. That compounds everything because then second gear is messed up and from there it's a battle trying to catch up. The truck slowed down in the backhalf that time too, so I'm not sure if there might not be something in the motor, or if the tune up wasn't right or what's going on. We'll download the computer, take a look and see what happens. I think tomorrow morning will be pretty good, and we have the left lane so we have a shot. We're not going to run a 7.52, but we can run a good number, at least good enough to make the field. We should have picked up tonight but we didn't, so we'll go on from here. We'll keep making laps until we figure out exactly what the problem is."

John Lingenfelter (Summit Racing GMC Sonoma) - "We made a nice hit in the morning session that gave us a good baseline for tonight's run, made some clutch adjustments for the better air and went after it. The 7.58 elapsed time was good but we can do better. After this session things will be a little more level and an indication of how the field will sort out. Compared to the rest of the field, the Summit Racing Sonoma didn't do too bad. I'm optimistically happy heading into Saturday and if we continue to make the right moves, we may be able to improve. The field isn't locked by any means. Tomorrow morning the air will still be good and the track should come around a little more. We've still got two good sessions to qualify in but I like where we are right now."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Bob Panella , Randy Daniels , Mike Coughlin , John Lingenfelter