BAYTOWN, Tex. (April 14, 2000) - Pro Stock Truck qualifying got underway today for the 13th annual O'Reilly Nationals at Houston Raceway Park. Rick Jones continues to keep pace with the front runners qualifying the Country Motors Trailer Sales...
BAYTOWN, Tex. (April 14, 2000) - Pro Stock Truck qualifying got underway today for the 13th annual O'Reilly Nationals at Houston Raceway Park. Rick Jones continues to keep pace with the front runners qualifying the Country Motors Trailer Sales GMC Sonoma in the No. 6 position with an elapsed time of 7.551 seconds at 178.00 mph. John Lingenfelter's Summit Racing Sonoma is qualified in the No. 10 position with an elapsed time of 7.567 seconds at 177.81, and David Spitzer's Sunnen/Dynagear Sonoma is 17th with an elapsed time of 7.597 seconds at 176.77 mph. The No. 1 qualifier is Randy Daniels in an S-10 with a track-record elapsed time of 7.505 seconds at a national-record top speed of 179.97 mph. Bob Panella is qualified second, Greg Stanfield is third, Steve Johns is fourth and Brian Self is fifth.
Television coverage of the 13th annual O'Reilly Nationals can be seen on TNN on Sunday, April 16 beginning at 4:30 p.m. Eastern.
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Rick Jones (Country Motors Trailer Sales GMC Sonoma) - "To be honest we can't complain. The Country Motors Trailer Sales Sonoma didn't make a great run, but it was a good tune up run, we're happy with that and it gives us a place we can start. We were running at around 5000 feet adjusted altitude and here we're running at around 1500 feet. We have to change a lot of things to make the switch including gearing, tires, clutch, engine tuning like jets, timing, etc. We came in this morning, made some chassis changes on this GMC and now we'll go back to what we call our OEM setup. I really didn't think the run was that good. When I was told it was a 7.55 I was surprised - surprised but pleased because it was better than it felt. There's more room. If we make the right moves tonight we can step up. We'll do the best we can. We don't get too crazy. We just make small adjustments and see if they work, but the guys on the team are doing a great job. We're making good horsepower and hopefully by the end of qualifying we can be a top-four truck."
David Spitzer (Sunnen/Dynagear GMC Sonoma) - "Looking at our run this afternoon it doesn't look that bad so the only thing we're changing is motors. We'll put everything back the way it was and see where we are. We were four mph off at the eighth mile and there's just no excuse for it. It's a little frustrating - especially after the Sunnen/Dynagear Sonoma ran so well at Gainesville and then struggling last weekend in Las Vegas. We came in here thinking we would have a good handle on a sea-level track so to run like we are is disappointing. We know the motor we're putting in it is fast so if we're still slow then we might start making some changes."