Bristol: Panella wins Pro Stock Truck

Bristol, Tenn. (July 9) - Pro Stock Truck eliminations are complete at the second Annual Winston "No Bull" Showdown. Once again it is Winston Champion Bob Panella who found his way the winners circle and a bog Winston payday. Panella would...

Bristol, Tenn. (July 9) - Pro Stock Truck eliminations are complete at the second Annual Winston "No Bull" Showdown. Once again it is Winston Champion Bob Panella who found his way the winners circle and a bog Winston payday.

Panella would meet Randy Daniels in the finals for the fifth time this year. The last time the pair met in Columbus, Ohio, it was Daniels who took the win. When the light went green it was all Panella. Panella would run a 7.695 / 175.21 mph to Daniels of 7.709 / 175.96 mph. With this victory the Panella / Daniels rivalry evens to three races apiece.=20

"It is a great feeling winning here today before we go on summer break," said Panella, "it's a big confidence booster. It is very satisfying when you can drive to a win. When you perform like we have, you have to expect that everyone who pulls up next to you is going to take a shot. Sometimes I feel like I have a bull's eye on my back, but this weekend I did my job and drove like I know I can."

On his way to the final Panella would defeat Larry Kopp and Mike Coughlin. On Daniels way to the final, he would defeat Steve Farr and John Coughlin.

Larry Kopp, who qualified number eight, met Panella in the first round. Even though he was defeat by Panella he was happy about his performance here in Bristol.

"We lost, but I am not unhappy," said Kopp, driver of the Speedco Truck Lube Chevrolet S-10. "We learned a lot about what this Speedco truck wants. We are encouraged with the way the truck ran this weekend. We keep getting better and better. So even though we lost, in a way, we still won."

Rookie driver Steve Farr was able to qualify for one of the open slots on the eliminations ladder. He would fall to Daniels in the first round, but has a good attitude about how he and his team performed here this weekend.

"We are real happy with this weekend," said Farr. "With only two open spots in this race, and the best of the best here, it was very hard to get in. Just making this show is an accomplishment. We get better with every race. Jerry and my team always give me a good truck to race. As I get more adjusted to the truck and to racing, I think we are going to get better and better. I am having a good time racing, and I'm looking forward to Indy."

Steve Johns, driver of the Castrol Super Clean Chevrolet S-10, lost on a hole shot to John Coughlin in the first round. Coughlin ran a 7.728 / 174.91 mph to Johns 7.737 / 174.62 mph.

"He just plain cleaned my clock." Said Johns. "It was a pretty even race all the way down track, but he had me on the tree. We are about to have six weeks off. We are going back to the shop and work on our motors. We need to pick up some horsepower before we go to Indy. We have a lot of work to do between now and then, but we will be ready to race when we get to Indianapolis Raceway Park."

The next stop on the NHRA Pro Stock Truck drag racing tour will be the US Nationals Aug. 30 - Sept. 4 in Indianapolis, Ind.

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Drivers Bob Panella , Larry Kopp , Randy Daniels , Steve J