John Lingenfelter Drives GMC Sonoma To Top Qualifying Honors at Texas Motorplex ENNIS, Tex., Oct. 20, 2001 - John Lingenfelter scored his first No. 1 qualifying spot of the season today after driving his Summit Racing GMC Sonoma to a...
John Lingenfelter Drives GMC Sonoma To Top Qualifying Honors at Texas Motorplex
ENNIS, Tex., Oct. 20, 2001 - John Lingenfelter scored his first No. 1 qualifying spot of the season today after driving his Summit Racing GMC Sonoma to a track-record elapsed time of 7.458 seconds at the 13th O'Reilly Nationals at Texas Motorplex. It is the first time since '98 that Lingenfelter will enter Sunday eliminations at the top of the qualifying ladder and the first time that GMC has captured the No. 1 position at an NHRA national event.
"We actually had some left in the truck," said Lingenfelter. "We've been slowly picking up power at each race, and during the August break we finally got a better handle on the chassis. Then we started making more consistent runs, and when you do that it allows you to more easily evaluate where changes are needed. After all the hard work this season, it's especially gratifying. This Summit Racing GMC Sonoma is going to be a good racetruck tomorrow. It would be nice to go out with a win, that's why we've continued working on our program instead of just giving up."
With just two races remaining with the Pro Stock Truck series as an official NHRA professional class, Lingenfelter feels the gains made in the GM small-block program by running the trucks will be beneficial in the future.
"This stuff always carries over," said Lingenfelter. "We've learned a lot about the small block in just the last two years alone. If you look at what the trucks were able to accomplish this season, we probably gained more this year than we did in the previous two years. You know, we're making nearly 1000 horsepower with these GM powerplants, and it used to be years ago that 500 cubic inches had a hard time making that amount of power. This series has been an excellent proving ground for this type of engine technology and that's one of the reasons why it's disappointing to see the class go away."
Don Smith ended qualifying in the No. 2 position in a Chevy S-10. Scott Tidwell is qualified third, Bob Panella Jr. is fourth and Greg Stanfield is fifth. Jeff Gracia is qualified ninth in a Sonoma with an elapsed time of 7.486 seconds at a speed of 180.90 mph.