Joliet: Lump build momentum

JOLIET, Ill. (Pre-Race) - Brian "Lump" Self, driver of the Lump Cylinder Heads Chevrolet S-10 Pro Stock Truck, is putting on his race face for this weekends 4th Annual Lucas Oil Products NHRA Nationals in Chicago. Ill. Earlier this season Lump...

JOLIET, Ill. (Pre-Race) - Brian "Lump" Self, driver of the Lump Cylinder Heads Chevrolet S-10 Pro Stock Truck, is putting on his race face for this weekends 4th Annual Lucas Oil Products NHRA Nationals in Chicago. Ill.

Earlier this season Lump had a period where he struggled with mechanical failure and bad luck, this resulted in him not qualifying at two races. Last weekend he broke his steak of bad luck by qualifying his truck 16th in Topeka. This weekend in Chicago, Self hopes to build on the momentum that he started in Kansas in the hopes that it will take him all the way to the winner's circle.

"I feel like we made some gains in Topeka this weekend," said Self of Houston, Texas. "We qualified 16th, but in a couple more laps we could have been 10th, 12th, or possibly even in the top half.

"We have worked hard on improving the way we qualify. We have spent a lot of hours in the shop on our motors. We have also worked on taking advantage of the good lane when we have it in qualifying. Now we have to do a better job on race day. For raceday, we need to concentrate on getting down the bad lane.

"We have seen a lot of one lane racetracks this season. The bad lane, or what is supposed to be the bad lane, is usually in worse condition than the good lane. Both lanes are driveable, just one is a little trickier than the other. Difficult, but not impossible.

"There are guys winning rounds form the bad lane. Look at Stanfield, he won Gainesville from what was supposed to be the bad lane. I guess really, the key to winning these races is to get everything you can out of the truck no matter which lane you are in. That is what we need to work on; that is what we will concentrate on in Chicago.

Self's two DNQ's have caused him to slip to eleventh in the Pro Stock Truck points standings. Qualifying in Topeka helped him in the points, but to regain a position in the top ten he will have to go some rounds in eliminations in Chicago.

"I really want to get back into the top ten. We need to make up the ground we lost now. As good as everyone in this class is, if we wait we will never catch up. We need to go rounds now to do it.

"We know how to race, and how to win; we have just got side tracked by the bad luck we have had. This weekend we are going to get very serious and very aggressive on raceday. We are going to make the other guy beat us and not beat ourselves.

"We have worked hard and made gains in qualifying. Now we are going to go to Chicago and work on our racing."

Qualifying at the 4th Annual Lucas Oil Products NHRA Nationals begins on Friday June 1, and continues on Saturday June 2. Eliminations will take place on Sunday June 3 at 11:00 AM EST.

-LR

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