Houston: Lump meets Gracia in Round One

HOUSTON, Texas (March 23) - Brian "Lump" Self will enter tomorrow's eliminations at the 14th Annual O'Reilly Nationals in Houston, Texas occupying the 14th position on the eliminations ladder. It was in the third session of qualifying that Lump...

HOUSTON, Texas (March 23) - Brian "Lump" Self will enter tomorrow's eliminations at the 14th Annual O'Reilly Nationals in Houston, Texas occupying the 14th position on the eliminations ladder.

It was in the third session of qualifying that Lump drove his Chevy S-10 to a 7.504 / 179.35 mph. Lump will meet Jeff Gracia when racing gets under way on Sunday.

"This is what we wanted to do," said Self. "We wanted to qualify here at our home race, but we should have qualified a better here. I'm frustrated, because we shouldn't run this terrible here.

"We are having a problem with getting the motor to free up, and run down track. We can't find the problem. We have changed gears to see if that will help. We will keep trying things. What ever the problem is we have been chasing it for the last three races.

"I have Jeff (Gracia) in the first round. We may be fighting a couple problems with the truck, but I still have something for him on the starting line. If I can get past Round 1, and then keep lane choice, we could do all right tomorrow.

"I think I can go a couple rounds tomorrow, and if we are lucky we could go a couple more. I would love to win this one here at my home track. To win here with my family here: with my wife Dana, my Son Bryce, my Mom and Dad all here to see it. That would be the thrill of a lifetime for me."

Eliminations at the 14th Annual O'Reilly Nationals will take place on Sunday March 25 at 11:00 AM CST.

-Self Motorsports

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Series NHRA
Drivers Jeff Gracia