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GMC SONOMA NOTES & QUOTES SECOND ANNUAL FRAM ROUTE 66 NATIONALS ROUTE 66 RACEWAY JOLIET, Ill. (June 5, 1999) Qualifying was completed today for the Second annual Fram Route 66 Nationals at Route 66 Raceway. In the first qualifying session...

GMC SONOMA NOTES & QUOTES SECOND ANNUAL FRAM ROUTE 66 NATIONALS ROUTE 66 RACEWAY

JOLIET, Ill. (June 5, 1999) Qualifying was completed today for the Second annual Fram Route 66 Nationals at Route 66 Raceway. In the first qualifying session this morning, David Spitzer drove the Dynagear GMC Sonoma to an elapsed time of 7.760 seconds at 173.25 mph. In the second session, Spitzer's elapsed time was 7.785 seconds at 173.29 mph, and that wasn't good enough to make the 16-truck field.

Rick Jones qualifying lap in the first session yielded a 7.726 quarter-mile run at 174.53 mph. In the second session he fell off to a run of 7.809 seconds at 173.94 mph. His qualifying run last night of 7.716 seconds at 174.75 mph was good enough for the No. 12 qualifying position and he will race Tim Freeman in the first round of eliminations.

Final eliminations begin tomorrow at 11 a.m. ESPN2 will televise two hours of final-round coverage on Sunday, June 6, beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern.

David Spitzer (Dynagear GMC Sonoma) We made a pretty decent run. We made some transmission changes to the Dynagear Sonoma and it helped, but the truck was a little slower because it's much hotter today than I was last night. I think if we can make a better run tonight that we might be able to squeak into the field. The heat's going to make it tough, but if we can put everything together for this final session then we just might be able to pull it off. It's the bottom of the ninth and we need to hit a homerun.

Second Session: We knew coming into this last session that it was going to be tough getting into the field given the weather conditions that we were facing. It was difficult to make a good run and we just didn't have enough for it. I'm disappointed that we didn't qualify. Up to this point we had qualified for every one of our races in this Dynagear Sonoma and we wanted to keep the streak going. We'll take it back to the shop in Indianapolis, try to fix what we think is wrong with it and be ready for Columbus. We'll be okay. We'll dyno the motors to make sure nothing's hurt and just go to Columbus with a spiffed up GMC.

Rick Jones (RJ Race Cars GMC Sonoma) Today's first run was definitely better than yesterday's first session. I'm not sure specifically where we were, but I think our Sonoma was in the top-half. That shows me that we're gaining on the rest of the field even though the session was slower by at least three hundredths of second than it was last night. We made some improvements but we still have some work to do. In a perfect world, we would be in the top-half of the field for eliminations so that we would have lane choice. We feel that the left lane is definitely better. If the sun stays out this afternoon, the air will get worse and that will actually give us a good baseline of what to expect tomorrow.

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Drivers Tim Freeman