Las Vegas Pontiac-GMC qualifying notes

LAS VEGAS (April 8, 2000) - Pro Stock Truck qualifying was completed today for the inaugural Summitracing.com Nationals at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Rick Jones Country Motors Trailer Sales GMC will start tomorrow's race from the No. 6 position...

LAS VEGAS (April 8, 2000) - Pro Stock Truck qualifying was completed today for the inaugural Summitracing.com Nationals at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Rick Jones Country Motors Trailer Sales GMC will start tomorrow's race from the No. 6 position improving today with an elapsed time of 7.757 seconds at 173.92 mph. John Lingenfelter's Summit Racing Sonoma will race from the No. 14 position. Lingenfelter also improved during the morning session today with an elapsed time of 7.791 seconds at 173.25 mph. David Spitzer ended the weekend qualified in the No. 22 position. The No. 1 qualifier was Bob Panella in an S-10 with an elapsed time of 7.684 seconds at 175.68 mph. Randy Daniels is qualified second, Jerry Haas is third, Taylor Lastor is fourth and Steve Johns is fifth.

The Inaugural SummitRacing.com Nationals on April 6-9 is the third race on the 14-event NHRA Winston Pro Stock Truck tour. Television coverage can be seen on TNN on Sunday, April 9, beginning at 10:30 p.m. Eastern.

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Rick Jones (Country Motors Trailer Sales GMC Sonoma) -- "I think the conditions were better this morning for the Pro Stock Trucks than they were for the Pro Stock Cars. The Country Motors Trailer Sales Sonoma was the first truck out and the track is usually not as good for the first pair out, but it wasn't bad. We picked up a little bit by doing some tuning and from working on the truck. We're happy even though we slipped to the No. 6 position. We're running good and everything's going great. I haven't seen too much of a difference in the lanes from watching the cars and the trucks run. We get to follow the cars tomorrow so that will give us an opportunity to see how they run. But I don't see a huge difference. The racetrack is awesome, it's smooth and the only problem we're having now is trying to get off the starting line. Otherwise it's an fantastic facility. I like our chances tomorrow. We're making excellent passes down the track on every lap. This afternoon we're going to do a little tuning to see if we can't improve and if we can get a couple of breaks, we may just be able to go a few rounds tomorrow. Reher-Morrison has supplied us with an engine that's making big power, the crew's performing flawlessly and hopefully we can get this GMC Sonoma in the winner's circle. I want to be the first Sonoma driver to do that. I know I've said that a hundred times but I mean it and it's something I really want to do." No. 6 qualifier - 7.757ET/173.92MPH (continued) GMC Sonoma

John Lingenfelter (Summit Racing GMC Sonoma) - "We're just trying to improve on the last run. I was a little surprised today that conditions weren't any better than what they were . The air was better, but the track didn't seem to be any better and we felt fortunate to run as well as we did. We were a little down on power, but the biggest problem we've had is hooking up in low gear. We're hoping to make a better run tonight. Raceday isn't going to be much better so now is the time to get things figured out. I'd like to get into the top half of the field but they may be wishful thinking. The first 60 feet of the racetrack sets the stage for the rest of the run and if you're struggling there it affects the entire run. Two or three guys seem to have it figured out and that's demonstrated by the disparity in the truck's performance." No. 14 qualifier - 7.791ET/173.23MPH

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Series NHRA
Drivers Bob Panella , Randy Daniels , John Lingenfelter , Jerry Haas , Steve J