PRO STOCK TRUCK -- CHEVY S-10 -- SECOND ROUND NOTES TIM FREEMAN, BLUEGRASS TRANSPORTATION CHEVY S-10, was eliminated in the second round by Todd Patterson (7.663/175.43 for Freeman, 7.658/176.05 for Patterson). Freeman was No. 1 qualifier in...
PRO STOCK TRUCK -- CHEVY S-10 -- SECOND ROUND NOTES
TIM FREEMAN, BLUEGRASS TRANSPORTATION CHEVY S-10, was eliminated in the second round by Todd Patterson (7.663/175.43 for Freeman, 7.658/176.05 for Patterson). Freeman was No. 1 qualifier in the season opener in Pomona, Calif.
FREEMAN: "I didn't run the last half of the race track real good that particular run, not like I had been. It's one of those things, you get the front half fixed and the back half goes bad. I don't know, I thought I had a good chance to beat him when he gave me the right lane. I thought it was the better lane. He left on me a little bit and he crossed the line ahead of me. I won one round, so I can't be disappointed. It's better than Gainesville (Fla.), where I lost the first round. I just have to drive better. Like always, when you lose you don't make good runs, and you don't drive well, you get the end result of a big 'L'. I'm just having no racing luck right now. Other people can drive worse and they can win rounds, I'm not getting the good breaks to win right now. Hopefully I can turn it around in Richmond (Va.) and get on the right track. I'm rooting for my teammate (Mark Osborne, who defeated Randy Daniels), just like it was me. Hopefully we will win it again."
RANDY DANIELS, DANIELS RACING CHEVY S-10, lost to MARK OSBORNE, RCL COMPONENTS CHEVY S-10, in the second round, 7.821/174.55 for Daniels, 7.659/175.89 for Osborne. Daniels won the season opener in Pomona. Osborne won the second event in Gainesville.
DANIELS: "We have to go back and regroup. We broke a transmission this morning and just got behind. We messed the clutch up a little bit, we had to sort of guess in the second round, and we guessed wrong on the setup of the clutch. I slipped around there pretty bad. I thought I was going into Mark's lane with him. I had done my job on the Christmas tree (.440 reaction time to Osborne's .504), but I didn't do it back here in the pits." WHAT NOW? We will go do some testing next week, probably in Darlington (S.C.) and see if we can get ready for Virginia." ON THE SERIES: "It's really getting tight this year. It's unbelievable how many good trucks are out here already." DID YOU THINK YOU HAD A HANDLE ON IT AFTER WINNING IN POMONA? "I didn't think I had a handle on it, but I sure thought we would go more rounds. This first and second round business is not a lot of fun. But at least we got to race on Saturday. There's a bunch of other guys who didn't."
BRAD JETER, KARL CHEVROLET CHEVY S-10, No. 1 qualifier and track record setter, with a 7.584-second e.t. and 178.12 mph, was defeted by BOB PANELLA JR., PANELLA MOTORSPORTS CHEVY S-10. Jeter lost on a holeshot advantage (.459 reaction time for Panella, .530 for Jeter). Note: The top three in 1998 championship points were eliminated on holeshot advantages today.
JETER: "I just had a bad day, just didn't do my job and suffered the consequences. I didn't like waiting that long between rounds (almost five hours). But that's no excuse for what I did. The bottom line is that I was late, it was driver error. It is so close and the field is so tight if you're late you are done, you are going home, and I deserved everything I got right there. I will go back home, go back to work, get to where I was last year, practice on the tree; I probably need that more than anything else in the world. I know how (Panella) felt last year. I won on a holeshot and he outran me. What comes around goes around, and that was overdue."