HEARTLAND PARK TOPEKA (Kansas) FRIDAY, OCT. 2, 1998 LARRY KOPP, ACCURATE BINDING/ARMA COATINGS/G-FORCE TRANSMISSIONS CHEVY S-10, Pro Stock Truck points leader with four title wins under his belt in this first season for this series, did ...
HEARTLAND PARK TOPEKA (Kansas) FRIDAY, OCT. 2, 1998
LARRY KOPP, ACCURATE BINDING/ARMA COATINGS/G-FORCE TRANSMISSIONS CHEVY S-10, Pro Stock Truck points leader with four title wins under his belt in this first season for this series, did not qualifying for tomorrow's final eliminations, as today's second, and final, round was cancelled due to rain. In yesterday's first round of qualifying, his new Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins-built 358 cu.in. splayed-valve engine dropped a valve. The team changed to the "older" Jenkins engine. Yesterday's second round was rained out, and in today's first round he burned the clutch, resulting in a slow e.t., of 8.021, good enough for only No. 23 qualifying spot. NOTE: Today is Larry's 51-st birthday.
KOPP: "In the first run we broke a valve, that was obviously the problem with that run. In the second run, in the water box, the clutch got away from me, the motor got pulled down and it burned the clutch out of it before I could catch it."
HOW DO YOU FEEL RIGHT NOW? "Terrible. I feel like I am just giving this deal away now. I feel terrible that the valve broke, but that wasn't my fault. This last one was my fault and that cost me a qualifying spot. This is not a good birthday present, it's a very bad birthday present. At Indianapolis we went from the time we unloaded the truck to the last pass in the final and we could do nothing wrong. You look back, and you ask yourself, how can you be so perfect in one race and go to the next race and do this. It's a hard thing to accept. We're not changing our strategy, we're not changing the way we're doing things."
YOU WILL STILL LEAVE HERE IN THE POINTS LEAD: "Yes, you can't get 131 points (his lead over John Lingenfelter, Summit Racing Equipment Chevy S-10) unless you're No. 1 qualifier, win the race, and set a national record. He could win the race, but he's not No. 1 qualifier. The best thing we can hope for is for Lingenfelter to go out in the first round."