CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES SEARS CRAFTSMAN NATIONALS GATEWAY INTL RACEWAY NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 1998 PRO STOCK TRUCK -- FINAL QUALIFYING JOHN LINGENFELTER, SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT CHEVY S-10, is No. 1 qualifier for...
CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES SEARS CRAFTSMAN NATIONALS GATEWAY INTL RACEWAY NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 1998
PRO STOCK TRUCK -- FINAL QUALIFYING
JOHN LINGENFELTER, SUMMIT RACING EQUIPMENT CHEVY S-10, is No. 1 qualifier for the first time this season after final qualifying, setting a track record e.t. of 7.805, and a track record top speed of 173.14 mph. JERRY HAAS, CHEVY TRUCKS CHEVY S-10, is No. 2, 7.818/172.97. LARRY KOPP, ACCURATE BINDING/G-FORCE TRANSMISSIONS CHEVY S-10 is No. 5, 7.840/172.44, his lowest qualifying position of the five events so far, having taken No. 1 in three of the first four events.
LINGENFELTER: "We'd feel better (taking No. 1 spot) if Kopp had made it down the track. If we outqualify him we would like to do it when he gets his S-10 all the way down the track. (Bill "Grumpy") Jenkins has strong engines." ON TRACK CONDITIONS: "Considering the temperature (102 degrees estimated) the track was excellent. This track, for this kind of temperature, is the best I've been on." ON BEATING KOPP FOR NO. 1: "He had to abort when the conditions were the best (night qualifying session). That (my No. 1 spot) doesn't count in my book. It looks good on paper. We'd feel good if he had made it all the way down. The field is really close. There are a lot of good guys out there and a lot of good drivers. Four or five hundredths doesn't mean much. A lot of things can happen on a tricky track like this, it can be anyone's race tomorrow. It's nice to get No. 1 spot, the sponsors deserve it, and the crew deserves it for all their effort. We feel thankful if we can do it, but we want to beat them heads up down the track." ON THE RIGHT LANE: "About 100 feet out it's really loose, it's tricky. The right lane, for us, is not the best lane."
HAAS: "We were No. 1 for awhile, with things all messed up on the truck. In the first session the S-10 didn't go down the track, it was spitting and crackling. We changed the ignition, everything and the motor still missed. Then I put a new set of carburetors on it and it went down the track." ARE YOU DISAPPOINTED AT NOT BEING NO. 1? "No. We didn't have anything to tune from. I think when we look at the data we will find it was a little off. I think this S-10 could run in the 7.70s. John (Lingenfelter) builds good motors and we're happy with that. Hats off to my crew for busting their butts between the first and second session. We didn't get the truck done until just 15 minutes before we had to go to the staging lane."
KOPP: "It just got into fourth gear and the truck just starting moving around on me. There's nothing I could do about it. I stayed in it as much as I could. I didn't want to hit the wall, so I shut it off. It isn't worth wrecking it, 'cause if you do you're still not No. 1. The numbers on the time slips showed that we were on an extremely fast run." ARE YOU DISAPPOINTED? "Yes, we are very disappointed, but you have to sacrifice some things sometimes, that's the way it is. There's nothing you can do about it now. This is the worst we have qualified. But I think we can win from any position, but I'd like to be No. 1 for the points."