INDIANAPOLIS (September 2, 1999) - The first round of Pro Stock Truck qualifying for the 45th annual U.S. Nationals got underway this afternoon at Indianapolis Raceway Park. David Spitzer's Dynagear GMC qualified in the No. 11 position...
INDIANAPOLIS (September 2, 1999) - The first round of Pro Stock Truck qualifying for the 45th annual U.S. Nationals got underway this afternoon at Indianapolis Raceway Park. David Spitzer's Dynagear GMC qualified in the No. 11 position with an elapsed time of 7.772 seconds at 173.38 mph. The 30-year-old Indianapolis native is making his first appearance at IRP behind the wheel of his Steve Schmidt-owned Pro Stock Sonoma. Rick Jones and the RJ Race Cars GMC Sonoma will come back tomorrow qualified in the No. 10 position. Jones, using a new Reher-Morrison powerplant this weekend, had an elapsed time of 7.740 seconds at 174.17 mph. The No. 1 qualifier is Randy Daniels in a Chevrolet S-10 with a qualifying time of 7.685 seconds at 174.62 mph. Jerry Haas is qualified second, Craig Eaton is third, Scott Perin is fourth and Brian Self is fifth. There will two more qualifying sessions tomorrow for the Pro Stock Trucks with an additional pair of qualifying sessions on Saturday. Final eliminations for the Pro Stock Trucks begin on Sunday, September 5. The 45th annual U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park on September 1 - 6 is the 10th race on the 14-event NHRA Winston Pro Stock Truck championship tour. TNN will carry the final round of eliminations on Monday, September 6, beginning at 5 p.m. Eastern. First-round coverage can be seen beginning at 12:00 Eastern. The Big Bud Shootout for Funny Cars will be telecast on TNN on Saturday, September 5, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Eastern.
Rick Jones (RJ Race Cars GMC Sonoma) - That first run actually could have been a little bit better, but we were shaking and spinning and that knocked off a lot of e.t. We feel pretty good though to do as well as we did with the first pass using our new Reher-Morrison motor. We feel that the motor is pretty stout and now we'll focus on getting our tune up straightened out. David Reher owns one of our Pontiac team cars. He stepped up and put this whole deal together and we're really excited about it. We just hope that our performance in the Pro Stock Truck class illustrates just how good their engine program is. We have four more opportunities to improve our qualifying numbers and we're really hoping that we make a decent showing. It looks like tomorrow night and the first session on Saturday are going to be real fast. If we can get down the track in those two runs, then we should be sitting okay for Sunday. We learned quite a bit from that session but I have to thank my crew. They nailed the clutch just right and that's why we ran as well as we did. That's hard to do out here today especially as hot and as slick as this track is.
David Spitzer (Dynagear GMC Sonoma) - The run didn't feel that good. I was surprised that we ran as well as we did and I didn't think we would have qualified 11th. The track temperature was 120 degrees so it was good just to get the Dynagear Sonoma from A to B without having anything fall off or doing anything stupid. We got a good baseline so I think we're in good shape to dial it in from there. We see a few things right now that we can do to help us get off the starting line better, and I think that's the key of running well here, especially with the trucks.