GMC SONOMA NOTES & QUOTES 30th ANNUAL NHRA MOPAR NATIONALS OLD BRIDGE TOWNSHIP RACEWAY PARK ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (May 21, 1999) - Pro Stock Truck qualifying for the 30th annual Mopar Nationals was completed today at Old Bridge Township Raceway...
GMC SONOMA NOTES & QUOTES 30th ANNUAL NHRA MOPAR NATIONALS OLD BRIDGE TOWNSHIP RACEWAY PARK
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (May 21, 1999) - Pro Stock Truck qualifying for the 30th annual Mopar Nationals was completed today at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park. Coming into today's final attempts, Rick Jones was qualified in the No. 7 position with yesterday's elapsed time of 7.605 seconds. In the first qualifying session today, Jones drove his RJ Race Cars Sonoma to an elapsed time of 7.641 seconds at 176.53 mph. In the second session Jones suffered a blown engine and fell to a time of 7.705 seconds at 172.81 mph. He will start final eliminations tomorrow from the No. 8 position. David Spitzer came into today's qualifying sessions with an elapsed time of 7.634 seconds. In round one, he piloted the Dynagear GMC Sonoma to a lap of 7.658 seconds at 175.64 mph and improved with a run of 7.633 seconds at 175.89 mph in round two. That was good for the No. 15 qualifying position.
Two rounds of final eliminations will begin tomorrow at 11:15 a.m. ESPN2 will televise two hours of first-round coverage on Sunday, May 23, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Eastern, and two hours of final-round coverage beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Rick Jones (RJ Race Cars Sonoma) We changed the gear ratios on our Sonoma for that first run this morning and it really didn't like it, although we still managed to go 7.64, so that wasn't too bad. For tonight, we'll switch back over to yesterday's setup to get ready for tomorrow and see if we can't duplicate some of the numbers we were able to put up. If we're lucky and we hit it just right, we should be able to move up.
David Spitzer (Dynagear GMC Sonoma) We're the last pair out tonight so the session should be fast. I just need to do my job, make sure I hit all my shift points on time and get the Dynagear Sonoma from point A to point B. Today during the first session was pretty much what we expected. We were No. 3 at 60-foot, but I put it into second gear about 600 rpm too early and lost all of that momentum we had generated off the starting line. The truck should have run a couple hundredths faster than it did. I knew it the minute it happened that I had scrubbed off some ET. I'll get my head screwed on straight for tonight, hit the shift points right and we'll be just fine.
Second Session: We made a pretty decent run tonight although I thought the Dynagear Sonoma could have run faster. We have to make some changes for tomorrow and see if can't let the clutch out on time. We picked up a couple thousandths, and even though I felt we would pick up even more, after looking at the sheet, it doesn't look like anybody really set the world on fire. The air was better but your leaders stayed where they were.
Looking at the graph we ran what we probably should have run, but I would have been happy with a 7.62. We stayed in though when a lot of guys got bumped out and we're racing tomorrow. That in itself is something to smile about.