CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES O'REILLY NATIONALS HOUSTON RACEWAY PARK NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES SUNDAY, APRIL 11, 1999 MARK OSBORNE WINS TWO IN A ROW IN HIS CHEVY S-10 MARK OSBORNE, RCL COMPONENTS CHEVY S-10, won his second consecutive...
CHEVROLET NOTES AND QUOTES O'REILLY NATIONALS HOUSTON RACEWAY PARK NHRA WINSTON DRAG RACING SERIES SUNDAY, APRIL 11, 1999
MARK OSBORNE WINS TWO IN A ROW IN HIS CHEVY S-10
MARK OSBORNE, RCL COMPONENTS CHEVY S-10, won his second consecutive Pro Stock Truck title today, defeating BOB PANELLA JR., PANELLA MOTORSPORTS CHEVY S-10, in the final. Panella had a slight advantage at the starting lights (.445 to .458), but it was Osborne first across the finish line with an elapsed time of 7.647 seconds at 176.01 mph to Panella's 7.681/175.32.
OSBORNE: "The guys really got the Chevy S-10 running good, and of course the (Bill "Grumpy") Jenkins power. It always helps to have good power." YOU HAD GOOD NUMBERS, WERE THERE ANY MAJOR CHANGES? "For the last two rounds they (the crew) just basically set it up and I stayed away. I'm not used to that, I'm usually working on something. They told me to stay down and take a break." ARE THE CONDITIONS HERE SIMILAR TO GAINESVILLE? "The humidity is up here a lot, the barometer got better the last run, that's why we improved in the semis. The track was not near as good as I thought." IS IT TOUGHER NOW WITH 35 TRUCKS IN THE CATEGORY? "The competition level is not any different than the Pro Stock cars, just the faces and names are different, that's all I can say." WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO BE SO COMPETITIVE? "We did a lot of testing, we beat on the motors, Grumpy and his guys in Pennsylvania have been working real hard, and Chris Bell at Ace Clutches has been working on the clutch setup. It seems like it's really helped out." ARE THE CHEVROLETS WAY AHEAD? "The Chevrolets are running very good, naturally they would be the bulk of the class. Todd Patterson (Dodge) is running well, the Eatons (also in Dodges) are running well. You will probably see three or four Dodges in the program next time; hopefully these Chevys can keep turning on the win lights." YOU'VE WON TWO IN A ROW, DO YOU FEEL YOU HAVE AN EDGE? "I don't feel there is any edge, I just feel we got a little bit of momentum started and hopefuly we can carry it race to race. The main goal is to try to race every Sunday at every national event we go to, with both trucks (also teammate Tim Freeman in the Bluegrass Transportation Chevy S-10). That's what we set out to do." WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO WIN FOR CHEVROLET? "They have done a lot for us, for me and Kessinger Motorsports. I can't thank Alba (Colon, of GM Motorsports), Harry Turner (also of GM Motorsports), all the guys at GM. There's a lot of help, it goes a long, long way." ON THE RUN AGAINST PANELLA: "I think I can compare Panella to a Pro Stock driver. He's the Mike Edwards and Tom Martino of this class. You can't spot him anything. He can run as well out here as anybody, he can go as fast as any driver. The reaction times were in his favor. He had a .445, I had a .458. At the one-eighth mile I couldn't see a fender over there. I tried to keep my eyes straight ahead. I taped my helmet before the semifinals to blind everything in my peripheral line so I could do a good job driving. It seemed to work."
PANELLA: "It was a good race. I had a lot of good races this weekend. It's getting fun." ON THE RUN AGAINST OSBORNE: "I had a little bit of an advantage. Believe it or not, the carburetor was loose, it sucked the gasket in. That was part of the problem, why it was running kind of goofy. I don't know what it cost me performancewise, whether it was enough to win or not. It was a close race. I was proud to be in the final. I knew that I was ahead for the first couple of gears, it was close. I had a pretty good idea he'd won, I was hoping that I'd see my light on, but it wasn't to be." WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO WIN IN THIS TOUGH CLASS? "It's at the point now where anyone of the 16 trucks can win. I was fortunate that I drove well this weekend. If I keep that up I will win my share. Once in awhile someone has an advantage, but they're pretty much equal." WHAT NEXT? "It's go home, do a little more testing -- there are a couple of things I want to try for some of these more marginal race tracks -- and freshen up all the motors, clean everything up, try to get something new done for Virginia; hopefully get that done and be in good shape."
Mark Osborne, Chevy S-10 307 Brad Jeter, Chevy S-10 227 Bob Panella Jr., Chevy S-10 220 Randy Daniels, Chevy S-10 202 Todd Patterson, Dodge 202