Dallas: Johns wins Pro Stock Truck

Dallas, Texas (Nov. 4) - In an unprecedented move by the National Hot Rod Association, today's Pro Stock Truck field at the 15th Annual O'Reilly Fall Nationals in Dallas, Texas, was set according to the drivers position in the Winston Points ...

Dallas, Texas (Nov. 4) - In an unprecedented move by the National Hot Rod Association, today's Pro Stock Truck field at the 15th Annual O'Reilly Fall Nationals in Dallas, Texas, was set according to the drivers position in the Winston Points standings (like NASCAR). As it would happen, all the drivers in the top 16 in the standings were all in attendance at this race.

"I think NHRA made a good call here today," said Todd Patterson, driver of the Dodge Motorsports Dakota. "With time running out in the season, NHRA was forced to make a decision. I believe the decision they made to set the field by points was fair. It also leveled the playing field for everybody. We had to use what we had without any time on the racetrack, just like everybody else. We made a bad run and that ended our day, but we will get another chance in Pomona."

Rick Jones, driver of the Country Motor Trailer Sales GMC Sonoma, by virtue of his standings in the points assumed the ninth position on the eliminations ladder. Jones would advance to the second round before losing to Bob Panella, Jr.

"I got real loose in high gear," said Jones, "and I had to get out of it. If I had not gotten out of it, I think I could have beaten him. I am just glad to have this race over. We almost didn't come back because of our budget, but I am glad we did now. NHRA setting the field on points worked out well for me. I got to race, and with Gracia going out in the first round, we were able to stay in the top ten."

When eliminations came to a close, the Pro Stock Truck class would find a new face in the winner's circle. Steve Johns, driver of the Castrol Super Clean Chevrolet S-10 defeated Randy Daniels, driver of the Bailey Trucking Chevy S-10, in the final round. Johns would run a 7.566 / 178.05 mph to Daniels 8.054 / 136.40 mph.

"It is a relief to finally get this win," said Johns. "It is tough to have decent equipment and good horsepower and not be able to get a win. We have struggled and that can get on anyone's nerves. We knew that we would eventually get a win, but it has been frustrating getting back to the winner circle.

"I think the turning point for us has been the addition of Kevin Horst to our team. Horst came on board with us as an advisor. He brought fresh eyes to our team, and put us on to some things that we were missing. That has really brought our performance around in the last half of the season.

"Our biggest break this weekend, I think, would have to be that we hit our set-up from the first round. We hit it right off the bat, and then were able to build on it from there. That kept us in the left lane and gave us the advantage we need to win here today."

On his way to the final Johns would defeat Mark Whisnant, Taylor Lastor and Bob Panella. Daniels defeated David Spitzer, John Lingenfelter and Mike Coughlin on his way to the final round.

The last race on the Pro Stock Truck schedule is the 36th Annual Auto Club of Southern California NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif. Nov. 9-12.

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Series NHRA
Drivers Bob Panella , Todd Patterson , Randy Daniels , Mike Coughlin , John Lingenfelter , Mark Whisnant , Steve J