Indianapolis: Lingenfelter Friday qualifying

CLERMONT, Ind. (September 1, 2000) - Qualifying for the Pro Stock Trucks got underway today for the 46th annual U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park. John Lingenfelter and the Summit Racing GMC Sonoma is the No. 1 qualifier with an elapsed...

CLERMONT, Ind. (September 1, 2000) - Qualifying for the Pro Stock Trucks got underway today for the 46th annual U.S. Nationals at Indianapolis Raceway Park. John Lingenfelter and the Summit Racing GMC Sonoma is the No. 1 qualifier with an elapsed time of 7.627 seconds at 175.73 mph. Randy Daniels is second, Bob Panella is third, Don Smith is fourth, and Arnie Martel is fifth. Rick Jones is qualified 12th and David Spitzer is 21st.

Television coverage of the Big Bud Shootout for Funny Cars can be seen on TNN on Sunday, September 3, beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern. First-round coverage of final eliminations can be seen on Monday, September 4, beginning at 12 p.m. Eastern. Final-round coverage can be seen beginning at 5 p.m. Eastern.

John Lingenfelter (Summit Racing GMC Sonoma) - "Everyone out there is trying to beat (Bob) Panella and (Randy) Daniels performance. They've been outstanding all year and have set a goal for all of us. The track conditions were almost identical to how they were last week when we tested, and that helped us out a lot. The teams that were here last week definitely had the advantage in that session. This is our home track and things are in our favor. We've had good luck here. For our sponsors Summit Racing and GMC Sonoma this is great positive momentum. We had six weeks off and used every second of it to get this truck ready for the remainder of the season. When the truck left hard it kept going left and that's what we've been working on. We've been doing a lot better in our chassis setup lately and our 60-foot time has been in the top five. Most of our gains this year has been in our chassis rather than in our engine. A lot of teams will come back tomorrow tighter and better. I think the field will be tighter after tomorrow mornings session." No. 1 qualifier - 7.627ET/175.73mph

Rick Jones (Country Motors Trailer Sales GMC Sonoma) -"Well we got down the track and got in the show but the track was definitely different then last week. We're working on a new clutch program with the Country Motors Trailer Sales GMC Sonoma and we're just a little bit unfamiliar with it. I think we know where to go tomorrow and we'll be ok. There have been thousands of cars down the racetrack already in the last two days and there are a few bald spots on the starting line. The rest of the track isn't too bad. We tuned the clutch up a little bit differently and that threw the tune-up off a little bit. We didn't make a terrible run but we know we can do better. I am confident going into tomorrow. I think tomorrow morning will be the fast session for us. We always wish we could do better. The air should be better tomorrow so we're hoping for a faster run." No. 12 qualifier - 7.695ET/174.84mph

David Spitzer (Sunnen/Dynagear GMC Sonoma) -"It wasn't that good of a run looking at the graphs. We were kind of guessing. We tested here last week but the air is two thousand feet different. We were pretty heavy on the clutch. The track wasn't that bad for being so hot. We just hope to make a better run tomorrow morning. The morning session will be the fastest session. I think low 7.50s will be the time to beat. We will tune this Sunnen/Dynagear GMC Sonoma up and be ready for tomorrow." No. 21 qualifier -- 7.731ET/174.50mph

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Series NHRA
Drivers Bob Panella , Randy Daniels , John Lingenfelter