Atlanta GMC Racing Saturday Report

COMMERCE, Ga. (May 6, 2000) - Pro Stock Truck qualifying was completed today for the 20th annual Advance Auto Parts Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway. In the first qualifying heat this morning, John Lingenfelter ran the quickest time of the...

COMMERCE, Ga. (May 6, 2000) - Pro Stock Truck qualifying was completed today for the 20th annual Advance Auto Parts Southern Nationals at Atlanta Dragway. In the first qualifying heat this morning, John Lingenfelter ran the quickest time of the session with an elapsed time of 7.551 seconds at 177.86 mph. That was good enough for the No. 2 spot going into Sunday eliminations, the best that a GMC Sonoma has ever qualified at an NHRA national event. Rick Jones also turned in his best qualifying numbers during the morning session today with an elapsed time of 7.578 seconds at 177.28 mph. That was good enough for the No. 10 position. David Spitzer ended the weekend qualified in the No. 19 position with an elapsed time of 7.637 seconds at 176.17 mph. The No. 1 qualifier was Bob Panella in an S-10 with a track-record elapsed time of 7.525 seconds at 180.09 mph. Randy Daniels is qualified third, Mike Coughlin is fourth and John Coughlin 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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John Lingenfelter (Summit Racing GMC Sonoma) - "We hoped our run this morning would be better, and it was probably a hundredth of a second better than we hoped for, but that hundredth probably made all the difference in the world. The truck really seems to be working well here. It's been all chassis and clutch, it hasn't been any huge increase in power. We had a little too much clutch on the first two runs and that time we got it right. It's pretty heartening to come out of that session with the Summit Racing Sonoma qualified No. 2. It's just shows you how much it is chassis and clutch because we haven't made any engine gains. We were 14th in Richmond, and we were 14th in Houston but we came out today with a nice move to the front of the field. We're fortunate because our setup seems to be working really well here. Guys that ran well in Richmond are struggling here, and if we knew why that was, everyone would run well all the time. Fourteen out of the 16 qualified trucks made their good runs in the left lane. Tonight we'll go back over to the right side. We had some things that we were hesitant to try, and now that we're qualified solid we'll take a shot, try something and see if it works."

Rick Jones (Country Motors Trailer Sales GMC Sonoma) - "Even though we're only qualified ninth, we managed to make a pretty good hit. We changed some stuff around on the Country Motors Trailer Sales Sonoma, found some things that helped us to improve and we're pretty happy with running as well as we did. We were one of the last trucks of the session, so the adjusted altitude probably increased by a couple of hundred feet by the time we ran. We were also lucky to be in the left lane for the two fast sessions. This truck field is awesome, and if you can just get in you're doing something. We didn't really do anything to pick up any power. We just made a good run down low - instead of going 1.08 we ran 1.06. We picked it up in low gear, made a better run and did what we had to do. I think we could've run even, better but we're just happy to do as well as we did -- we could be on the other side looking in. Every run is crucial. If the session tonight isn't as good as this morning, then we'll use it as a tune up for tomorrow. You can't just go out there and blow it because we'll need to get a handle on that lane if we want to advance. Even Friday's run at 1:30 p.m -- tt wasn't the fastest session but at the same time it was a tune up for the Friday night and Saturday morning runs. You can't give anything up. We lost a run last weekend because of the rain and that hurt us. It's very competitive out here and you have to take advantage of every lap on the racetrack."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Bob Panella , Randy Daniels , John Lingenfelter