Gainesville Chevy S-10 Final Eliminations

CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES MAC TOOLS GATORNATIONALS GAINESVILLE RACEWAY NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES SUNDAY, MARCH 21, 1999 PRO STOCK TRUCK -- CHEVY S-10 -- FINAL ELIMINATIONS Mark Osborne Wins His First Pro Stock Truck Title in Chevy ...

CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES MAC TOOLS GATORNATIONALS GAINESVILLE RACEWAY NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES SUNDAY, MARCH 21, 1999

PRO STOCK TRUCK -- CHEVY S-10 -- FINAL ELIMINATIONS

Mark Osborne Wins His First Pro Stock Truck Title in Chevy S-10

Mark Osborne, in the RCL Components Chevy S-10, claimed his first Pro Stock Truck title in two races of the 1999 season today. This is Mark's first win in this category since he announced he was entering this class at the end of 1998 following seven years and two title wins in Pro Stock competition. With his win, his No. 1 qualifying spot, and setting the national e.t. record (7.529), Mark moves into the championship points lead with 194 points. Brad Jeter, in the Jeter Motorsports Chevy S-10, lost to Osborne in the semifinals and holds on to second in points, with 169.

Osborne defeated Todd Patterson's Dodge in the final today, with an elapsed time of 7.535 at a speed of 177.60 mph, to Patterson's 7.594/175.50.

OSBORNE: "It feels great. It makes me feel more at home over here. We kicked the turf trying to find me a place where I can race; temporarily, I guess, until I want to go back to Pro Stock -- I'm joking." ON THE SUCCESS OF THE KESSINGER TEAM: "This S-10 has been in 10 races and been to three finals. Tim Freeman ran it last year." ON THAT RUN: "It ran really good in the middle of the track, so I started looking over (at the other truck). I shouldn't have done that; I got a little loose down there. I regained control and I was first across the line." IS THAT WHY THERE WAS A PUFF OF SMOKE MIDWAY? "Yes, it was rubbing the tires on the body, that's what it was." ON EARNING THE 20 BONUS POINTS: "They'll come in handy, for sure, somewhere down the road." ON SETTING THE RECORD: "I think we put it pretty low to move it from .58 to .52. Hopefully we can touch it again when the year is out." ON THE JENKINS CHEVY V8 POWER: "That particular motor has 38 runs on it, that's pretty unheard of in Pro Stock motors. We have another bullet in the truck, we have another one on the way, and we're not going to be scared of it."

Note: This is the second straight win for the Chevy S-10 in two events of the 14-race 1999 season.

SEMIFINALS NOTE:

MARK OSBORNE, RCL COMPONENTS CHEVY S-10, eliminated BRAD JETER, JETER MOTORSPORTS CHEVY S-10. Each driver set a national record in that round: Osborne the elapsed time record with his 7.529-second pass (backed up by an earlier pass), and Jeter the national speed record of 179.09 mph (also backed up previously), demolishing John Lingenfelter's previous record of 178.32 mph. Osborne also broke the speed record, with his 178.54 mph run. Jeter's e.t. was 7.563.

JETER: "We made a good run and came up on the losing end of it. It was a good run, they were just better." ARE YOU SURPRISED AT THE SPEED? "We knew the speed would be up today because of the tailwind. I figured it would be somewhere around 178.5, but we will take it anyway we can get it." ARE YOU DISAPPOINTED?: "It's hard to swallow, but we will come back and get them next time." THINKING BACK, WOULD YOU HAVE DONE ANYTHING DIFFERENTLY? "No, I don't think we could have done it differently. We always want to win. The deal is that you have to have points at the end of the year and you have to go to the semis and finals quite frequently to be able to do that and to do add it up at the end of the year. We started off with a pretty good deal, with a final and a semifinal, maybe we will come back and get them at Houston."

On the other side of the ladder, LARRY KOPP, SPEEDCO TRUCK LUBE CHEVY S-10, was defeated by Todd Patterson. 7.612/176.70 for Kopp, 7.668/175.16 for Patterson.

KOPP: "I'm not sure if I have an engine problem. We are going to take it home to look at it. I think we should have run better than we did. We noticed we were low on vacuum before the run and we weren't concerned about it. Now we are concerned about it. We will take it up to Bill (Jenkins) this week and see if he finds something wrong with it. We were down on speed and e.t., for whatever reason, I don't know. I'm disappointed. Any time you don't win you are disappointed. If we ran real fast or faster than he ran we would really be disappointed. But, we have 12 more races."

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Series NHRA
Drivers Brad Jeter , Todd Patterson , John Lingenfelter , Tim Freeman