HOUSTON, Texas (Sunday March 25) - Today at the 14th Annual O'Reilly Nationals in Houston, Texas, Brian "Lump" Self, was defeated in Round 1 of Pro Stock Truck by .0002 of a second. Self, driver of the Lump Cylinder Heads Chevrolet S-10, met...
HOUSTON, Texas (Sunday March 25) - Today at the 14th Annual O'Reilly Nationals in Houston, Texas, Brian "Lump" Self, was defeated in Round 1 of Pro Stock Truck by .0002 of a second.
Self, driver of the Lump Cylinder Heads Chevrolet S-10, met Jeff Gracia in Round 1 of eliminations.
In what has turned out to be the closest race in Pro Stock Truck history, Lump left the starting line with an advantage over Gracia. Lump had a .423 light to Gracia's .468 light. Self was out ahead of Gracia for most of the quarter mile. At approximately 1000 feet Gracia caught Self, and held on to the finish stripe. The two trucks crossed the finish line in a dead heat. From all angles visually a winner could not be pick. It would be the computer that would give the win to Gracia by .0002 of a second.
Self ran a 7.477 / 177.98 mph to Gracia's winning 7.432 / 181.23 mph.
"Wow, that was close!," said Self of Houston, Texas. "That was a dead heat. I didn't know who won until somebody told me on the top end.
"Boy, I would rather take a beating than to loose by .0002 of a second. That is faster than a blink of an eye. It is unbelievable how close that is.
"I had him beat, but I just ran out of steam on the top end. We have been fighting our set up all season. We just can't get this truck to run on the top end. It's getting better but it still has a way to go.
"We are going to go back to work on the truck tomorrow. That's all we can do. We need to be ready when we get to Las Vegas. I think we can do well there, and we want to be prepared when we get there."
The next race on the Nationals Hot Rod Association's regular tour will be the 2nd Annual SummitRacing.Com Nationals April 5-8 in Las Vegas, Nev.